Discussion in 'Shot Placement' started by New Zealand Safaris, May 5, 2019.

  1. New Zealand Safaris

    New Zealand Safaris SPONSOR Since 2019 AH Veteran

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    Himalayan Bull Tahr shot placement

    Bull Tahr would have to be pound for pound one of the toughest big game mountain animals to bring down for 2 reason, long hair over the body and bone structure. Pre rut some of the Bulls in their prime will weigh in at excess of 300 lbs especially on private land where they are typically not hunted during the summer months and so will come down to the lower country and graze in sheep and cattle country on fresh spring clover grasses. This is where you must use larger centre fire calibers such as the magnums or 30 cal with bonded bullets to hunt these amazing animals ethically. The hair in winter is matted, with extremely tough skin up to 1/2 inch thick making this combination very tough. Shoulders being well muscled and larger than their back end you are shooting into the power house so take your time as you will only get one vital shot, the rest will be just throwing lead. Tahr hunting ideally you will have an experienced professional guide/spotter with you that know these animals, this will allow the hunter time to concentrate on the set up of the rifle and the shot with the guide ranging distance, body angle, and ideal shot placement. You need to break both shoulders and puncture lungs, or at least one shoulder 2 lungs, yes they are just that tough. To shoot back into the green lung (stomach), miss vitals and or shoulders will result in a wounded and lost Bull, take your time aiming small and steady, reload and get ready for a follow up shot this is not the animal to chase. Mature 6 year old+ Bull Tahr hair in winter can hang 9-12 inches down over the leg, 6-9 inches over the bottom of the chest, 3-9 inches on top of the shoulder.

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