Name: New Zealand Tahr
Scientific Name: Hemitragus jemlahicus
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Originally from the Himalayas, they adapted well to the Southern Alps of New Zealand and now rank among the best huntable tahr in the World.
Tahr hunting is what New Zealand Safaris has built our reputation on. Our tahr hunts are conducted on wild, free range, private wilderness area land, where we are foot hunting, not using helicopters. All of these privatewilderness areas are leased long-term and are exclusive to New Zealand Safaris. Our properties get you right in the heart of where the first tahr herds were liberated and thrive today. On these properties you'll find the highest tahr population numbers in the central South Island.
These properties have excellent mountian roads which allows us to cater to all levels of hunters. From glaciers to river valleys non-hunters have an opportunity to enjoy the scenery and watch the game.
Our properties are all within 40 minutes of our main hunting lodge, or we can camp out in the back country cabins.
This hunt is suitable for all ages and ability due to the excellent road access. Our tahr hunts involve driving between 20-30 mins from the lodge (cabins are available if preferred on the properties) to one of four extensive areas from 15,000 - 47,000 acres into the valleys and on mountain passes where we glass and spot from the truck.
Tahr hunting is similar to that of many sheep hunts around the world in that there is a lot of glassing from distance to first locate a mature bull, and to ascertain his age and trophy potential. In the earlier months the bulls will be down low seeking reprieve from the sun as they grow out their manes.
Judging bull tahr is very exciting as they can appear from simply nowhere rolling there bodies like that of a grizzly bear showing his size and dominance to any challengers. On our hunts you can expect to see between 30-150 tahr a day with 5-15 trophy bulls. From here we then plan the stalk and the shot which can be between 100 - 350 yards+ depending on the hunter's ability.
Averaging at 270 lbs these are truly magnificent animals and an amazing hunt in some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see. If you truly value sheep hunting and the mountains and scenery that go hand in hand with this big game hunt, then you will love hunting with us, many bring the non hunter also to be in these amazing places. If clients would prefer we can utilize a helicopter for access up onto the tops for day hunts.
The rut runs from around late May to the end of July with hunting from February to the end of November.