The name chamois comes from the French word for goat and belongs to the goat family. Chamois are also sometimes
referred to as goat antelopes. It weighs approximately 35-50 kilograms (77-110 lbs) with maximum weight among male specimens of 60 kg (132 lbs).
Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra Balcanica), a type of chamois, is widely spread across all Balkan countries –Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania and Greece - and its largest concentration can be found in Macedonia. It typically dwells on altitudes over 2,000 meters (6,560 ft.) but is known to climb down to places lower than 1,000 m (3,280 ft.), particularly during winter as well as at times when evading predators. It is a beautiful animal and also considered a fantastic hunt among European hunters.
Its hunting season begins in August and ends in January. Both male and female specimens can be hunted. Mating season is in October and the beginning of November – this period is considered as the best time frame for hunting. Shooting distance is between 150 and 300 m and it is recommended to shoot using 270, 308, 7 mag and 300 win mag calibers.
In Macedonia, Balkan chamois hunts are most successful on two places: mountains Karadzica and Sar. In addition, it is
present in several other places – Mavrovo, Galicica, Pelister, Kozuf, Nidze, etc., but in smaller numbers. Its trophy value is quite high and typically places around 100 CIC points and above. All in all, the largest trophies come from Macedonia.
The hunt itself requires minimal physical preparation and good mountain hunting gear. We recommend warm and light clothing as well as mountain boots with great traction. We adjust all chamois hunts based on the hunter’s physical condition and age. Therefore, all hunters have an opportunity to get an excellent trophy. Hunters are accommodated at the lodge on the same hunting grounds. The altitude is about 1,600 m (4,600 ft.). Great food, clean air and good Macedonian wine is our signature accommodation.
Carpathian chamois (rupicapra rupicapra carpatica) are hunted in the Zlot canyon located in the Eastern parts of Serbia right along the Romanian border. It is there where the Carpathian Mountains end, hence the name of the type of chamois. The canyon is just about 3 miles (4.5 km) long with depths between 1,000 and 1,500 feet (300 - 500 m) and the smallest width is around 2.5 miles (4 km). The Zlot canyon is considered to be one of the toughest canyons for walking in Europe and there are still parts of it which remain unexplored. It has been recognized as a natural monument and is under the state’s protection.
The hunting method is by observing and moving along the edges of the canyon. Shooting distances are between 250 and 300 yards. The chamois population is in abundance and their trophy quality is very high, thereby making the Carpathian chamois one of the largest types of chamois among the species in Europe and Asia. The hunt takes place on an altitude of about 3,000 ft (1,000 m) which makes the hunt appealing for hunters of all ages and conditions. In addition, the weather conditions are not considered to be extreme.
The hunting season is from September 1 to January 31. We recommend the following calibers: 270, 308, 7 mag, 300 win mag
The population of Alpine chamois is considered to be one of the most thriving in Europe. In addition, it is known for its high trophy quality. Our company organizes Alpine chamois hunts in several regions in Slovenia, among which the best are the tri-state area between Italy, Slovenia and Austria, on the Julian Alps as well as Central Slovenia, near the Kamnik region. The selection of hunting location depends on the weather conditions and the physical condition of the hunter.
The season starts on September 1 and ends on December 31. Average altitude of the hunt is between 4,500 and 7,500 feet (1,500 - 2,500 m). The shooting distance is between 200 and 300 yards and we recommend the following calibers: 270, 308, 7 mag, 300 win mag.