Location: Spain Dates: 22/11/15 – 25/11/15 Target Species: Beceite Ibex Hunting season: October – May (rut during November to mid-December) Beceite Ibex: The Beceite Ibex inhabits the mountains of Tortossa and Beceite. It is the largest of all the Spanish Ibex in body size and horn length. Male’s horns are wrinkled and ringed, rise vertically and lean out in a very open fashion. Looking to go on another hunting adventure, one of the prerequisites for the destination was that it had to be somewhere I had not been before and a species I had not hunted. Well, after lots of research, following up leads and reading reports I decided that Spain and the Beceiete Ibex was to be the destination and target, and an outfitter sourced. I have some friends here in England for whom I organise all their shooting and hunting. So when I mentioned that I was planning a trip to Spain one of them said ‘great, when do we leave?’ I explained that this was a tester trip for me and that he was more than welcome to join me but I could not guarantee anything. Needless to say he was on board and we departed on the 22nd November for Madrid. Day 1 After an early start and flight we made the 2.5 hour flight to Madrid where we were met by our outfitter and soon on our way to the hunting area - some 3.5 hours’ drive away. We soon arrived after a drive through some amazing landscapes and talking all things hunting, as well as the plan for the trip. We were shown to our accommodation, for which we had our own very comfortable mini-apartment each. We were asked to quickly change and then we would head to the range to check the rifle was sighted (we borrowed a rifle out there) and head to out hunting. The jokes soon started flowing when James’ shot was an inch closer to the bull than mine. Happy that we and the rifle were shooting straight we headed out to check some of the valleys near to the lodge for Ibex. We soon spotted a group of 15 animals in the distance, high up on the slope and made a plan to get closer and take a look if there was an animal that was suitable. We climbed up one of the valley sides, hidden from the Ibex in the hope we would come out in range of the group. Sadly none of the animals were what we were looking for but it was a great start to the trip to be seeing animals so early. The weather was perfect for hunting these animals and the rut was starting to kick off so animals were moving more than usual. Just as we turned to head down the valley our guide spots a very large Ibex coming down the valley to our right and up the opposite side. He was a huge animal and was estimated to be a bronze/silver medal animal. He was an impressive beast. One thing you learn very quickly is how good these animals eyesight is. We had been caught and he was soon heading up and over the opposite mountain side without offering a shot. What a start to the trip and was certainly an omen of things to come!