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Spring Bull Tahr Hunts

Oct 14, 2009

Bull tahr hunts are typically autumn and winter hunts in New Zealand (April-August) but for certain groups of hunters that may not be the best time to target a trophy bull. Days are short: conditions are extreme,the animals are high up in the snow and bluffs, and bulls are in the company of cunning females.

In spring (early October in New Zealand) and for the next four months or so, the bulls form back into their bachelor groups, drop height and feed on the new growth that appears first at the lower elevations.
The longer days, the lack of vigilant nannies, the accessibility of the bulls and the fact you can pick the bull you want from a large selection suits bow hunters, older hunters and selective trophy hunters. I once stalked in on a mob of 45 bulls at this time of year, and sat and watched them at a range of just 50 metres. My best bull (pictured below) was shot in spring from a bunch of 17 bulls.

A property that annually has bulls drop to low springtime height is Lilydale station. Their website is The pictures below of a mob of tahr and the bull tahr trophy  were taken there.

Bulls in spring have palomino manes and brown pelts. Hunters who still wish a winter cape on their spring bull can order one from the outfitter or through a New Zealand taxidermist, though I personally like the big golden capes. Want a really big bull? Think spring.


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