Boddington Reviews Ibex And Chamois Hunt In Spain With Euro Hunts


Published: May - 2010

Subscribers Craig and Donna Boddington report enjoying an ibex and chamois hunt in Spain last October with Alvaro Villegas of Euro Hunts. Craig shot a bronze medal Rhonda ibex, which completes his collection of Spanish ibex. He says it was also the toughest of the varieties to take. Additionally, he shot a high silver medal Cantabrian chamois, and Donna took a Beceite ibex.

He says the trip took some careful organizing in order to hit the hunting times right. "Some guys try to get all of the ibex species on one trip," he says, "but that can be difficult due to the timing of the rut for each one." The chamois rut a great deal earlier than the ibex, he says and the southern ibex start rutting before the northern varieties. The Boddingtons were there from mid- to late October, which Craig says was really too early for the Beceite.

Despite that, Donna took what they describe as a nice Beceite ibex on a management permit. These permits are issued for either lower quality males or excess females and are usually taken by local hunters. While they sell for much less than trophy permits the caveat is that the hunter must shoot the animal chosen by the game scout. Six non-trophy permits had been issued for the area the Boddingtons hunted, and Craig says they were lucky that the scout chose the ram Donna got to shoot. "It could just as easily been a female or more inferior male," Craig says.

He gives a cost of $550 per day and $6,950 for the ibex and $3,950 for the chamois. Regarding the cost, Craig offers the following observation: "I shot my first Spanish ibex, the Gredos, about 15 years ago. Back then it seemed pretty pricey, but today those prices are the same, while costs everywhere else have escalated. This makes Spain a very attractive mountain hunt."

The Boddingtons give Villegas an all-excellent rating for organization and guiding. "He is the best Spanish outfitter I have hunted with," says Craig.

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