Hunting chamois gives the hunter a lot of time to carefully observe this hoofed game, meaning more time to enjoy the hunt.
Chamois in fact are active throughout the day and remain visible while grazing and resting, hunkering down to chew the cud. A day’s chamois hunting will therefore be long and full of charm, as well as tiring. In fact, it’s essential to be in good shape if you want to walk through the mountains for hours on end, and you should also know exactly where you're going, or have an expert guide with you.
Mountains can be wonderful places for those who know and respect them, and quite unforgiving with the careless, so nothing should be left to chance. Of the selective hunting techniques used, the most common are stalking or tracking.
Knowing the land and the habits of the chamois that live there are essential for the hunter tracking this game in order to choose the ideal observation point to watch the game trotting down the well-worn trails to pasture.
Using natural cover when the game arrives, with absolute calm and without ever showing himself as chamois have very good eyesight, the hunter can choose his prey using a good pair of binoculars and his riflescope, and finally take the shot.
Usually, it’s the matriarch of the herd who first shows herself, followed by a calf and/or yearling if she has one, and then the other females with their calves and the youngsters of the herd. It’s a gregarious species, but only the females live in the group, while the males are usually solitary animals until mating season starts.
Tracking involves long and tiring walks. The hunter should reach a good altitude and find a panoramic observation point by dawn to scout the terrain. Then you’ll start tracking slowly and silently, stopping to inspect the trail left by the chamois, until you finally spot them.
In this phase you should keep the sun behind you and be walking into the wind, following a well-chosen route to close on the game until you’re close enough to take a shot. If in any doubt at all, the general rule in selective hoofed game hunting is not to take the shot.
Technique and ethics combine, with the hunter playing his role so the game can continue to proposer in years to come. One of these unwritten rules is never to shoot a chamois while it’s hunkered down on the ground, waiting for it to stand before taking the shot.
Retrieving the kill can be tiring too, both in terms of getting to where the game fell and finding the kill. A good bloodhound is often essential to pick up the scent and guide the hunter to where the chamois fell. The return home will inevitably be after dark, weary but brimming with unforgettable thrills and memories. This Lugari video takes us to the peaks of Val d’Isarco to give you a first-hand idea of just what chamois hunting holds in store.