Espacaza Gets High Marks for Mountain Hunts in France and Spain


Published: April - 2013

Here's a report on hunts with Espacaza (phone from the US: 011-34-91-575-7629; www.espacaza.com) to France for chamois and Spain for chamois and ibex. Subscriber Craig Kauffman (who also happens to be the incoming President of Safari Club International) filed the reports (9012 and 9020 in our database) on back-to-back mountain hunts this past November. Kauffman was accompanied for the entire hunt by personal guide Jose Mallo and was able to take all four species he sought, including a 22 5/8 SCI Pyrenean chamois in France, plus an 18 3/8 SCI Cantabrian chamois, an 82 2/8 SCI Gredos ibex, and an outstanding 84 7/8 SCI (243 CIC) Beceite ibex from Spain. In each case, Kauffman tells us, the game was abundant.

In a follow-up phone call, Kauffman told us he is gradually working toward a world Capra award and began the trip with the Gredos ibex. "We hunted on the south side of the Gredos (the north side is generally considered to be easier terrain), and this was a real mountain hunt." From there, Kauffman and his guide went for the Cantabrian chamois, then crossed into France and drove three hours to the private lodge where they took the Pyrenean chamois, then back into Spain for the Beceite ibex.

"I know they could have made the hunt easier for all of the animals, if that was what I had wanted," said Kauffman, "but I like to climb and work for my trophies and this turned out to be a difficult mountain hunt but very rewarding. The trophy quality on this entire hunt was tremendous.

"This was a very European' 10-day hunt with some time available on travel days for sightseeing with my wife. We had first-class accommodations (including a renovated castle) and excellent food. My guide, Jose, spoke English very well, and we hunted with knowledgeable local gamekeepers at each stop. The Spanish hunts were on game reserves, while the French hunt was on private property. "Espacaza has been in the business a long time [Editor's note: we have 13........(continued)

 
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