CHAMOIS (Year Round)
ALPINE CHAMOIS HUNT
Haast Heli is the closest helicopter operator to some of South Westland's best chamois hunting areas. With Chamois numbers on the rise and frequent sightings of trophy animals, there is some excellent hunting to be had. There are great opportunities for hunters of all abilities and ages. Call us now to enquire about your trip. Trips start from $450 per person.
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Both male and females have horns which are black and slender. They arise straight up before curving backwards to form sharp hooks at the ends. Male horns are usually stouter and their hooks more strongly developed than females.
Social behaviour: Mostly feeding during the day, during summer time they feed for 3-4 hours from dawn and again for 3-4 hours before dusk. They rest during the middle of the day. During winter they feed less intensively, mostly at mid morning and mid afternoon.
Outside of mating season, male and female chamois are largely segregated. Females and young form loose, unstable groups, and males are mostly solitary.
Reproduction: Mating season begins in early-mid May, peaking in late May to early June. During this time dominant males will gather available females in a harem, defending them from other males often posturing with imposing displays but rarely resulting in frontal attacks.
Gestation period: Variable 5 1/2 to 6 months.
Birthing: Single young are born from November to February.
Nomenclature: Male chamois are called bucks, females called doe, and their young called kids.