World Record

Carpathian Chamois (rupicapra rupicapra carpatica l.)


Although its origin appears to be a forest animal, Carpathian Chamois is typically found in alpine areas, generally located near by the most inaccessible rocks. During the winter the Chamois comes down at lower altitude living in rocky woodlands. Just a reduced number of chamois are leaving in forest during the whole life.

The breeding season of Carpathian Chamois starts usually around the 20th of October, and lasts approximately a month. Carpathian Chamois hunting is mainly done by stalking and very rarely by waiting while driven hunts are prohibited by law.

Due to the Carpathians highest landforms stalking for Chamois is difficult to access, hard to climb and is tiring even for young people, but the effort worth every sacrifice because only in the Carpathian Mountains you can have the chance to shoot specimens belonging to the most vigorous trophies of the world.

The Carpathian Chamois hunting ranks as one of the worlds’ finest, in both specimens’ quality and level of challenge. Hunting in such rugged terrain, such wary animal, with very keen senses, make it very demanding, tiresome and suited more for the fittest and experienced sportsmen.

Due to the difficult conditions of chamois hunting, there is only one method of hunting: the stalking. Climbing towards the Carpathians’ ridges takes about 2-6 hours depending on the hunting area and its infrastructure’s degree. In many hunting areas access by car is possible but only up to a certain point; the hunter must be prepared to withstand some significant distances through difficult places, carrying the weight of his equipment. The hunting guide has a critical role by providing moral, technical and practical support and advice at all the time. He informs the hunter about the inaccessible places, about planning (distances, times), trophy value, weather conditions, places of rest and refuges in case of bad weather.

Chamois hunting takes place during the day. Due to the highly developed sense of smell and sight of the Carpathian Chamois, the stalking must be done very carefully, without noise and sudden movements. The stalking is made with many stops and binocular checks.

For normal trophy sizes, good weather conditions and good hunting skills the Chamois hunt is usually successful within the first hunting day, or latest the 2nd day. For gold medal trophies we recommend minimum 4 days of hunting, even if the success can come earlier.

The unbeatable world record of 141.1 points C.I.C. taken in 1937, as well as other 7 of the top 10 trophies of the world was taken in Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania.

The Carpathian Chamois hunting should be considered a touchstone, which worth for any self-respecting mountain hunter. Besides the greatness of the landscapes, the adventure of a Chamois hunting will give you unforgettable memories and a very tough mountain experience.

Hunting season

1st of September – 15th of December (only waiting and stalking)

Recommendations

Best period

20th of October - 20th of November (rut period)

Minimum caliber admitted: 243 or similar

Fresh snow or big snow requires special attention because of unpredictable threats.

The hunter must have a good physical condition, well equipped (suitable mountain shoes, telescopic walking stick can be very useful, protection caps for scope, spare and waterproof clothes, binocular, scoped rifle sighted for a long range shot, torch or headlamp, food, water, source of fire. Chamois hunter must be perfectly healthy and has a perfect circulatory, respiratory, muscular function; self-control and respect for the mountain are necessary qualities for a chamois hunter.

Helicopter transfers can be arranged.

In case of emergencies, the National Mountain Rescue Service intervenes by helicopter.

For more details please contact us!



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