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Spain Ibex Hunt & Driven Partridge Hunts

Overview

Spain Ibex Hunt & Driven Partridge Hunts

This owner operated luxury hunting company is the oldest single owner and finest outfitting company in Spain established in 1975. Years of hard work, dedication, and many satisfied hunters are their best endorsement.  Spain Ibex hunt and Driven Partridge hunts should be counted among your lifetime hunts.

This warm and inviting family and their family of guides will treat you to an experience your entire group will remember for the rest of their lives. You are sure to fall in love with the culture and the amazing hunting Spain has to offer. When you meet the owners, you will immediately know that you are in excellent hands and with people that you will want to hunt with for years to come.

The list of animals to hunt is numerous from Ibex to Mouflon Sheep, Chamois, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Fallow, Sheep, goat and wild boar.

Amazing driven Red Legged Partridge hunting during the fall and winter months is sure to add fantastic memories for all for life. It is has been a long time tradition in Spain. The Red Legged Partridge is a fast flying bird that follows the contour of the terrain.

They normally organize groups of 8 shooters for a program of three days shooting and four nights. The average bird bag for the three days is 1500 birds between the whole line. They normally do four different drives every day.

Each shooter has a loader and a “secretario” which carry all the guns and shells around the field. Two guns of the same gauge are very recommendable as the birds normally come in flocks. It is once in a life time experience for any avid bird shooter. The accommodation during the shoot is at the owners’ 14th century luxury lodge only a 15 minutes drive from the hunting fields.

A common question is how do Red Legged Partridge fly? At this lodge they are described as medium high extremely fast flying birds! As they hear the shots of a shotgun, they tend to dart and dive and change directions! Partridge shoots in Spain are unlike English pheasant hunting where the pheasant will tend to fly higher at the sound of the blast and are considerably slower birds.

Spain Ibex Hunt & Driven Partridge Hunts

The owners of this lodge will never brag on their client list but we know from our experiences that kings, presidents, and high profile clients are their norm.

For an adrenaline filled hunt try your hand at a driven boar hunt or a bow hunt for Ibex!

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Species: Ibex, Chamois, Red Legged Partridge, Mouflon, Spanish red deer, Fallow, Wild Boar, Roe Deer, and more
Capacity: Bird shoots - 8 guns plus observers; Big game hunts varies
Location: Spain - All over the country
Season: Varies
Method: Shotgun, Archery, Rifle
Lodging: Luxury lodging
Food: Chef prepared
Trip Length: Varies
Transport: Luxury vehicles
Guided: Yes

Shooting

Game animals:

Ibex – Season Sept through June

Gredos Ibex – The Gredos Ibex is located two hours west from Madrid. The area they hunt in is one of the best game managed areas in the country. Here you will find abundant game in a spectacular Atlantic foliage setting. Trek through ancient trails in search of the lira shaped horn ibex.

Beceite Ibex – Three hours northeast from Madrid you will be able to hunt some of the most spectacular Beceite Ibex trophies in the country. Glass for the big one and enjoy the stalk of your life on the vast plains and Mediterranean forest of the Beceite area.

Southeastern Ibex – Four hours south of Madrid and from the historical city of Granada you will be hunting the southeastern Ibex. Just below the snowed peaks of Sierra Nevada and though the Alpujarra mountains that go all the way to the Mediterranean Sea you will be able to hunt ibex in an incomparable scenario.

Ronda Ibex – The smallest, but not the less important of the Spanish Ibex. Very close to the historical city of Ronda who gives its name to this specie, you can hunt the challenging Ronda Ibex. Look for him sunbathing in the rock masses and be ready to put your aim to test.

Pyrenean Chamois – Located north east of Spain in the border with France. They leave on the Pyrenean mountain range. It is a very challenging animal and his rut is in October and November.

Cantabrian Chamois – Located North West of Spain. It is the smallest of the chamois subspecies in the world, which leave’s on the Cantabrian mountain range. It is a very challenging animal and his rut is in October and November.

Spanish Red Deer – As with most deer you will have to try your luck on early mornings and late evenings. Listen to them roar, locate the big old bull and sneak upon him before the sun sets on you. This is a hunt you will remember forever.

European Fallow Deer – September through February.  As challenging as it bigger cousin the Red Deer, the fallow deer provides an excellent opportunity for the deer enthusiasts to enjoy hunting this specie in the unique surrounding the Spanish Oak and Jara brush provides.

European Roe Deer – September through February.  Bring your best binoculars and be ready to use them, Roe deer will put your perseverance to test. Look for them feeding on the border of the open fields and try your best to make that shot happen, second chances are very rare when hunting roe deer… The king of the spring hunts will stick in you memory.

European Mouflon Sheep – September through June. If you want the big ram you will have to look carefully, stalk after the big group at take your time to pick the big old guy. Every inch counts in the full curl you want to bring back home.

European Wolf – Bring on your warmest clothes and gather all the patience you’ve got, the astute wolf will make you use it up. You really never know when he will show up, but once he is there and you see him there is no way you will forget the look in his eyes.

European Barbary Sheep – September through December. The only introduced specie in Spain. If you want to put yourself to test and hunt in the semi-desertic rocky environment this sheep lives on you will regret no taking this chance.

Balearean Goat – September through July.  If you have never been to the Balearian Islands this is your perfect excuse. Bring your light gear and be ready to be amazed by hunting the impressive “Boc” while you admire the beautiful views of the Mediterranean sea.

European Wild Boar – Year around!  Located all over Spain. It is a nocturnal animal hunted mainly in our traditional “Monteria” or stalking with the moon.

Birds:

Partridges – Red Legged Partridge hunts – Sept – February

It is has been a long time tradition in Spain. The Red Legged Partridge is a fast flying bird that follows the contour of the terrain.

They normally organize groups of 8 shooters for a program of three days shooting and four nights. The average bird bag for the three days is 1500 birds between the whole line. They normally do four different drives every day.

Each shooter has a loader and a “secretario” which carry all the guns and shells around the field. Two guns of the same gauge are very recommendable as the birds normally come in flocks. It is once in a life time experience for any avid bird shooter. The accommodation during the shoot is at the owners’ 14th century luxury lodge only a 15 minutes drive from the hunting fields.

A common question is how do Red Legged Partridge fly? At this lodge they are described as medium high extremely fast flying birds! As they hear the shots of a shotgun, they tend to dart and dive and change directions! Partridge shoots in Spain are unlike English pheasant hunting where the pheasant will tend to fly higher at the sound of the blast and are considerably slower birds.

Archery hunting:

They also provide the possibility of hunting all of the Spanish trophies with a bow and arrow. Over the years we have had a significant amount of archery hunters enjoying all spanish game has to offer. Don´t hesitate, pack your gear and get ready to experience a unique hunting experience in the mountains of Spain. Archers like Tom Miranda, Tom Hoffman or Victor Zenny have already hunted with them. Come and build up your own memories.

Driven big game wild boar and big game hunts:

One of the most traditional ways to hunt in Spain. Get ready to experience the thrill of hunting driven big game. Make no noise and listen carefully for the sound of the desired trophy running towards you. Aim quickly and and reload even faster. This type of hunting will really make you want to come back. Enjoy a day of comradery with your fellow hunters and listen to the sounds of the bush as the dog packs make the the whole forest come alive.

Itinerary

Driven Red Legged Partridge Shoots:

Day 1:  Arrive and settle into the lovely 16th century home

Day 2 – 4:  Enjoy four daily driven shoots

Day 5:  Depart for Madrid and home

Big Game Hunts: 3 days per game animal

Lodging

Lodge Options:

Main Ranch Estate:
The 16th century estate that you will call home is located two hours south of Madrid in the Spanish province of Ciudad Real and 15 minutes away from the city with the same name. This traditional Spanish “finca” has been in the family for more than three centuries. You will feel at home, every tiny detail has been taken care of for you to enjoy your stay. From this luxurious lodge you’ll be able to hunt their 4,000 acre preserve for red deer, fallow deer, wild boar, muflon sheep and of course the fast flying Spanish Red Legged partridge.

14 Luxurious bedrooms for the discerning guest.

Your meals will be exceptional traditional Spanish style with excellent service. All will enjoy a hearty home cooked breakfast. For the bird shoot, you will have a snack in the field, lunch at the lovely ranch house on the hunting property, and all will join together for a lovely dinner at the main estate. A wonderful selection of wines will accompany your afternoon and evening meals.
Other big game locations:
Each of the different species of game you can hunt in Spain is situated at a different mountain range. It is precisely that that makes them different and unique. At each hunting destination you´ll be provided with the best lodging possibilities within the hunting area. Some of the places you might be staying include the Alambra Palace Hotel, The Ciria Hotel or The Remanso de Gredos just to mention a few. Get ready to enjoy Spanish hospitality in some of the more lovely locations Spain has to offer.

 

Activities

Activities:

Spain is not just one of the best hunting destinations in Europe; it is one of the top tourism countries in the world. Its variety of historical sites, its cultural heritage, its gastronomy and its people will make you understand why Spain is the chosen holiday destination for so many tourists worldwide. Bring over the family and come and see it for yourself. We guaranty that you will come back.

A delightful guide may be arranged for your touring if you wish and is included in the observer rate for bird shoots.

Rates

Please call for pricing.

Driven shoots begin at $14,500 for 4 nights/3 days

Big game hunts begin at $6,250

FAQ

What type of physical shape I need to be to hunt in Spain?

No special physical condition is required, just try to be in the best shape you can before coming. That way you will enjoy your trip to the fullest.  However, Chamois hunts and Ibex hunts outside the rut will require significantly greater physical conditioning.

Guides have a vast experience in mountain hunting and will try to adapt the hunt as much as possible to each individual’s physical condition.

Do take into account that hunting chamois does tend to require a bit more condition than Ibex usually does. Hunting in the mountains can be challenging, but remember, you came here to have fun.

What type of boots do I require?

When hunting Ibex and Chamois the ground can be steep, undulating, rocky and wet depending on which area are you hunting. Boots need to be waterproof, and have good ankle support for all species.

Do I need gaiters?

Only when hunting Ibex and/or Chamois.

Do I bring a pack?

We recommend you bring a day backpack to carry binoculars, cameras, drink bottles, rain gear while you are out hunting. Our guides will be carrying food, spotting scope, fleshing knives and other equipment.

How much ammunition shall I bring for big game hunting?

One box for a combination hunt as well as sighting in your rifle should be enough. However, in case of doubt bring an extra box, better be safe than sorry.

Shotgun shells will be provided for your driven bird shoots.

At what range should I be sighted in?

We consider that the average shots are from 150 to 250 yards. When hunting Ibex and Chamois in the mountains you can expect to shoot up to 300 yards.

What caliber do you recommend? 

We recommend you bring a rifle you feel comfortable shooting with. The most commonly used calibers are: 7mm, 300 WM, 300 Weatherby.

Do I require rain gear?

YES! Lightweight rain gear is a must.

Should I bring a spotting scope and binoculars?

Your guide will have a spotting scope, but certainly bring your own binoculars.

What is the procedure once I arrive in Spain?

Once you land on Madrid Airport, a person of the staff (most probably you hunting guide) will meet you at the Guardia Civil Post (Police) to clear the guns with you. If you arrive in terminal 1, this will be inside the baggage claim area. If you arrive in terminal 4, it is just outside of the exit door, after baggage claim.

After clearing the guns you will drive to the hotel at the hunting area. This drive could take from 2 to 5 hrs, depending on which specie. The roads in Spain are extremely well taken care of, and normally most of the drive will take place on highways.

Accommodations at all of our hunting areas are based on the best available hotels in the area.

How will my trophies be taken care of?

All trophies will be salt dried, and skulls, horns or antlers, will be cleaned, and ready to be sent in the following spring, after the hunting season. A professional taxidermist that has been working for us in the last 10 years does this process.

Once this is completed, it’s sent with all the necessary documents to Fauna and Flora in New York, by a reputable expediting firm in Madrid.

What elevation we will be at?

Madrid is at 1900 ft, the average hunting elevation will be 3000 ft.

What will be the traveling time between hunting areas?

Average traveling time is 2 – 4 hours.

What is the voltage in Spain?

In Spain we use 220 volts. We use the TWO ROUND PRONG PLUG. Bring an adaptor-transformer.

Can I wear camouflage gear?

You can bring and wear camouflage while hunting without any problems.

Can I do laundry while in Spain?

In most hunting areas in Spain, laundry is available.

What’s the average hiking time on a ibex/chamois hunt?

You will be hiking an average of 2 to 3 hours on those areas.

What is customary for tipping?

Tipping in bars and hotels is recommended between 5%-8%

What kind of vehicles will I be riding?

All guides drive AWD from top bands.

Important Links:

Moon Phases |  Taxidermist

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TRAVEL INSURANCE:  REQUIRED!  

Links to the companies we recommend:

Travelex Insurance       Ripcord Insurance

While we do everything in our power to protect our clients from travel problems, we cannot prevent illness, natural disasters, wars, deaths, lodge closings and more; we live in uncertain times!  The only way to protect yourself and your investment is through travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide medical coverage, cancellation due to natural disaster, illness, death in the family, lodge closings and other unknowns; in this day and time, anything is possible.  Lodges count on you to protect your investment as they cannot refund your payments due to the nature of the product they offer.

Finally, travel insurance is time-sensitive and must be purchased within a certain number of days of your deposit to cover preexisting conditions, lodge closings and other various issues.  It is still available later but the benefits may be more limited.

Both companies offer evacuation insurance in addition to their travel insurance but Ripcord has more thorough coverage in this area.

The Ripcord membership and travel Insurance provides the highest levels of medical, security, evacuation and rescue services in the industry combined with travel insurance:

  • Remote rescue services from point of injury or illness
  • Medical evacuations to the member’s home hospital of choice
  • The best evacuation and rescue triggers that include rescues for medical conditions that will result in permanent injury in addition to just requiring hospitalization
  • Security extraction services for geopolitical events and natural disasters
  • Involuntary detention resolution services for members who are held against their will
  • Consulting services from special operations veterans, paramedics, nurses, and physicians
  • Travel insurance