Chamois in the Southern Alps of the South Island were introduced in 1907 and are the only free ranging population outside of Europe and the Middle East making them a very sought after trophy in New Zealand.
Chamois - an agile alert mountain antelope that has the sharpest of senses. The Chamois habitat is throughout the South Island of New Zealand, with good populations near Queenstown where they live at high altitudes above the timberline in the alpine environment. Both Buck (male) and Doe (female) are regarded as top trophies that produce similar horn growth.
Chamois are hunted all year round with their 'Rut' being April through to June.