We headed down south for my 1st Tahr Hunt and into to some nasty looking weather. After a smooth drive in we set about defrosting the cold concrete hut with a trailer load full of fire wood.
The 1st day out hunting was marginal weather with some horizontal snow to keep us company. We were looking for a good spot for lunch in a creek bed when out wandered an old nanny, I am not sure if she saw us or was moving at top speed (crawling pace) but Aaron soon had his 1st Tahr of the trip. Later after looking at her horns we discovered she was about 16 years old! If only she had been a bull!
We headed back to the hut via the bluffs and spotted a few more Tahr above us, I did a good job of educating them with a couple of wayward shots, but they didn’t seem to concerned and slowly wandered up the bluffs and over the ridgeline.
The next day the weather was even worse, with snow falling and the wind blowing. After a day spent feeding wood into the fire we decided to go out for a walk mid-afternoon. I put on all the clothes I had bought with me and we wandered up a ridge above a creek bed. As we were heading up Brad spotted a Tahr on the opposite side of the creek and called me over to take the shot.
I lay in the snow, rested my rifle on my pack and lined up the shot, I hit it in the shoulder but it kept running a short distance, on advice from the boys I gave it a couple more to make sure, the last one an attempt to get it to roll down the bluff to the creek bed.
The animal stopped, unfortunately at the top of the bluff, if only it had made life easy and fallen into the creek!
But I was stoked! I had my 1st Tahr, and on my 1st trip too! I waited up top while Ian went across to recover the animal. While he was climbing down into the creek and we were taking some photos Aaron noticed another Tahr very near where my one lay, he quickly dispatched of that one which obliged us by tumbling on its own accord into the creek bed.
We all dropped into the creek to recover the animals just as the wind picked up and wrapped us up in a blizzard of snow.
Where I shot my Tahr (across the creek to the bluffs above)
My first Tahr! A young Bull
If you look closely you can see my Tahr (to the left), and Aarons Tahr looking back at us!
Not the best weather, but still a great trip
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