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Hunting Chamois with Langhaar

Hunting Chamois with Langhaar

Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica in the Tatra Mountains. Photo: Marcin Białek (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) is a species of goat-antelope native to mountains in Europe, including the European Alps, the Pyrenees, the Carpathians, the Tatra Mountains, the Balkans, parts of Turkey, the Caucasus, and the Apennines.

The chamois is a very small bovid. A fully grown chamois reaches a height of 70–80 cm (28–31 in) and measures 107–137 cm (42–54 in) (the tail is not generally visible except when mating). Males, which weigh 30–60 kg (66–132 lb), are slightly larger than females, which weigh 25–45 kg (55–99 lb). Both males and females have short, straightish horns which are hooked backwards near the tip, the horn of the male being thicker. In summer, the fur has a rich brown colour which turns to a light grey in winter. Distinct characteristics are white contrasting marks on the sides of the head with pronounced black stripes below the eyes, a white rump and a black stripe along the back

As their meat is considered tasty, chamois are popular game animals. Chamois have two traits that are exploited by hunters: the first is that they are most active in the morning and evening when they feed; the second is that they tend to look for danger originating from below, which means that a hunter stalking chamois from above is less likely to be observed and more likely to be successful. The tuft of hair from the back of the neck, the gamsbart (chamois « beard »), is traditionally worn as a decoration on hats throughout the alpine countries.

(Info source: Wikipedia)

Our only male from the 2017 litter, Normand de la vallée du Multru, went to Germany to the owner of the sire of the litter. He hunts with his father: Grips vom Rodekopp ZDL 335/08 (Allemagne) meilleur en chasse à l’eau 2009 – Meilleur VGP 2010.

In Germany they have a long hunting seasons, water birds and game, mainly deer and boar. On special occasions, they travel South to the Bavarian Alps on the border of Austria, to hunt the chamois.

The photos below show a successful hunt in the the Bavarian Alps for the chamois.

Below, Normand (left) and his farther Grips, together with the Chamois.