February 8, 2010

New Zealand Chamois

Filed under: Fishing Diary — Tags: , , , — Henare @ 5:47 pm

At the turn of the 20th century Emperor Franz Josef gifted a few chamois for release only in the Southern Alps near Mt. Cook. Since that time, unhindered by any predator except man, they have spread south into Fiordland and north into Nelson-Blenheim area.

Chamois are quick, elusive and have extremely good eyesight making them one of the more treasured trophies. Male and female carry horns and are available to hunt all year. The mating period when the buck is with the does is May-June. This is considered the more favourable time. Free range hunting: Private/public land.

NZ Chamios on the run

Gordy Watson from Glenorchy and i went for wander along the tops in search of  the elusive Chamios. A good part of the time was spent glassing and spotting some rugged terrain favoured by the animal, with a few of them about we ended up taking a few photos instead and were just happy to be amongst the environment.

Got some growing to do, before we go looking for this one again.

Gordy, glassing a nice basin that was built for chamios.

More glassing and checking out the terrain.

The river running down this valley holds some great fishing!!

Nice mob of Chamios that got a wiff of us as we moved down the valley

More rugged terrain.

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