The Most Commonly pursued Chamois in Europe is the Alpine, a medium sized subspecies and a great quarry to hunt.
Alpine Chamois Hunting, France
Hunting Season: October 1st – February 28th
Although a small animal, the chamois is one of the most important beasts to chase in Europe. His agility and natural intelligence combined with the high and difficult mountains in which he lives renders him one of the finest quarries of the true hunter. Originally thought to be a forest dweller he has since moved to Alpine environments, generally being spotted in amongst the most in accessable rocks. They can be found of the high ranges of Central and Southern Europe, their range extending Pyrenees to the caucasus and from the southern Carpathians to Albania.
The colour of the Chamois in summer is a greyish dun, with black markings on their face, but in winter their hair grows long and becomes almost black. However many varieties occur, including Albino and Menalistic however these are now rare. Chamois are gregarious and found in small herds.
The most common capra the World over needs little introduction. The Alpine Chamois, One of the larger of the 10 subspecies of this little goat in fact records the longest horns. His coat is generally darker, although colour variations can occur in each subspecies. Although Austria is the heart of Alpine Chamois with an estimated 130,000 animals, France comes in a close second with roughly 100,000 individuals. As France is also home to another 2 classified and arguably one more subspecies, and home to a minimum of 150,000 chamois; we feel that France is the home of the Chamois hunter in Western Europe.
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