Hunting the king of the Southern Alps

Ian Lowe Hunting offers some of the most impressive tahr hunting in New Zealand.  Hunting the 'king of the mountains' can be challenging, those adventurous enough to pursue a foot hunt can be well rewarded with a glorious trophy.

The bull tahr

The bull tahr is a mountain dweller, living at altitude from 2,500 feet up to 7,000.  He may weight up to 350lb and once hit can have as much adrenaline as a wounded cape buffalo.  Horns on tahr are usually between 11 and 15 inches in length but don't get totally wrapped up with horn size - the large mane, stunning winter cape and the adventure are just as valuable as the horns.  So outstanding that anything less than a life size mount would be a shame.

Our approach to your tahr hunt

If a foot hunt is your preference a reasonable fitness level is required.  Hunting can be accessed daily by four wheel drive - or helicopter access is also available by request.  Once you're on foot - the going can get tough at times.  We may sport tahr from 2 miles away and this is a species with sharp eyes.  Shots may vary from 50 yards to 400 yards so an accurate rifle is of course a must - in particular with a good hard hitting calibre.

We usually return each night to comfortable conditions at the lodge. But, if a stay on the mountain is what you prefer then we'll sort that too, and dust of our old stories for a good laugh after sunset.

At Ian Lowe Hunting, we realize your hunt is all about you so when tell us your wish list -  we'll dish up your adventure just the way you like it.

 

Tahr

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Good friend Steve Le Blanc

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A monster Sambar

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Another success for the brothers

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Good points and paddles

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Pigman takes on New Zealand

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Archery success with a 400+

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Gils fantastic 10 point Sika

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The walk was worth it

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Bottom fishing on Hookin Bull