Tahr Hunting In New Zealand

Hunting is a popular practice adopted by many people throughout the world. These people can take help of certain objects while hunting which like binoculars for hunting helps the hunter to hunt well. The most successful hunting season must also be known to the hunters.

New Zealand Tahr

The Himalayan Tahr became a part of the Southern Alps in South Island in New Zealand in the year 1904. Initially, government had kept a check on the hunters and shooters in the area. Since last twenty years, the hunting status of Tahr has changed.

Tahr is an animal with a long “lion like” mane which blows in the wind. The blowing of the mane is a beautiful sight. The moment Tahr is chased for hunting they use their climbing abilities to escape from the hunter.

Tahr is a short legged animal with a small head. They have large eyes and small pointed ears. The rubbery core in the hooves allows them to grip on the rocks. Male Tahr is larger in size and they have a horn structure. They can live for about 14 years.

A Trophy Bull Tahr

A trophy bull Tahr has a long round shaped horn of 10 to 14 inches. They have a long mane and the length of their horns is around 11 inches. Tahr having horns of 12.5 to 13.5 inches are considered more than average size. The Tahr having a horn of 15 inches are usually rare and they fall under the Top 10 Category of SCI.

When to plan to hunt a Tahr?

Winter is the perfect season to hunt a Tahr. During winters every Tahr has their manes and coats. The mane of a Tahr can grow up to 5-8 inches in merely three months. So June, July and August months are considered as ideal months for hunting Tahr. The coats are also dark in color during winter season.

The best way to hunt a New Zealand Tahr

Hunters can go through the mountains early in the morning and during late afternoons for hunting. Tahr can be found on the tall tussock grass and shale hillsides. For good specimen one should work for 2 days for hunting with a rifle and 3-4 days in case he wants to hunt with a bow.

Tahr Hunting by Helicopter

Helicopter allows the hunters to access more dense areas where they can find good trophy animals. Helicopter hunting is successful in most of the cases. Helicopter hunting is exciting and it allows the hunter hunt an excellent trophy bull. The hunters should spot their hunt from the helicopter and then they are taken to an area where Tahr can be stalked by foot. The hunters are not allowed to shoot or drive animals from air.

Things to be taken on a Tahr hunt

Tahr is found in the dense forests of New Zealand. During winters the mountains in New Zealand can also be covered with snow.

  • You must have good boors which are broken in. The boots must be waterproof and insulated.
  • A good pair of gators is also required in case you plant to hunt on mountainsides. The gators prevent your hunting pants from getting wet.
  • Buy the best premium optics.
  • A binocular harness is important while going through lose and shale rocks.
  • Since Tahr is a huge sized trophy animal it is recommended to have a 7mm and larger bullet for hunting them.
  • A good backup should be there which can carry your bow or rifle so that your hands are free while you move across the mountains.

In case you want to hunt with a bow, a bow hunting guide is going to help you during your hunt.

How to mount the Tahr taxidermy?

The Tahr hunters must think about how to mount their bull. Shoulder mount is economical but is not good for the long mane of Tahr.

Look for a full body mount. Mounting a Tahr with a full body mount is remarkable and is a record any hunter would make. Hunting a bull and a nanny Tahr is a great pedestal mount.

Global Sporting Safaris is a hunting consultant company which offers the hunters the best opportunities to hunt Tahr. The bow hunter, rifle hunters or muzzleloaders can enjoy the experience of hunting if guided by this company.

About the Author

I'm Rodney Heaton and I love hunting in the wild. In the past, I was in the military for over 5 years. After that I became a licensed hunter and a mountain guide.