ALPINE IBEX HUNTING IN SWITZERLAND
The Alpine Ibex hunt in Switzerland is excellently organized, with local guides who know the areas very well where these animals live. The guide will lead the hunter to the ibex which has been selected for its age and large trophy. Each hunter has the right to hunt for two days, within the dates decided by the local government. The use of motor vechicles is forbidden and the hunting can only be done by stalking, so each hunter has to be physically fit. The hunting season is from 1st September to the 31st October
Shoulder height 30-34 inches (76-86cm). Weight 225-275 pounds (102-125kg). Alpine Ibex is a stocky animal and darker in colour than other Ibexes. The upper parts are a uniform greyish-brown, (lighter in summer and darker in winter), seperated from the pale underparts by a darker brown band.
The legs, upper surface of the tail and forehead are also a darker brown. Males have a small beard and large, impressive horns that are shorter, thicker and straighter than those of other ibexes.
Gregarious with females and the young in small herds, otherwise the males are solitary or in small bachelor groups. It is very agile and surefooted on steep terrain and inhabits high mountains, normally above the treeline and at or below the snowline.
Alpine Ibex hunt
The Alpine Ibex is the most revered trophy from Europe and is native to the mountain range of the same name. This species is currently huntable in Switzerland. The permits to hunt these Alpine Ibex are limited and we advise you to book in advance. The hunting season varies country by country, but it is usually from September through December.
When free-ranging, they offer excellent sport and are one of Europe’s most prestigious big game animals, because of their relative scarcity, the difficult terrain they inhabit and the quality of the hunting experience.