In the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, toward the West, is the Central System, a long mountain range, formed by a series of mountains, among which we find la Sierra de Gredos, located between the provinces of Ávila, Cáceres, Madrid, and Toledo, and which gives the name to this subspecie of mountain goat. La Sierra de Gredos presents a spectacular montage of lakes, cirques, gorges, ranges, cliffs, crags, and moraine deposits, with the Almanzor peak, at 2,592m being the highest point in the whole mountain range.
It is in this long mountain range where we can find a lot of different areas for hunting the Gredos Ibex, but any place can be comparated with the Hunting Reserve of Gredos. The Reserve almost covers the called Macizo Central in Sierra de Gredos, on the south of the province of Ávila (1.30h driving from Madrid). This area holds a very high density of ibex and very good to outstanding size of trophies. The hunts in Gredos are very successful and we permanently scored on a 100% success.
In the Hunting Reserve of Gredos there are two different areas: North Side and South Side.
- North side: in this area the hunting ground is flatter and easily accessible. There is a large population of ibexes and very high quality of trophies. We recommend this area for hunter with really bad physical conditions, bow hunters or people looking for gold medal trophies more than 245 points.
- South side: it is a mountainous area but very accessible with normal physical conditions. In this area there is also a big population of ibex. We use to hunt by stalking in this area with our customers with a result of 100% successful hunts.
La Sierra de Gredos presents a spectacular montage of lakes, cirques, gorges, ranges, cliffs, crags, and moraine deposits, with the Almanzor peak, at 2,592m being the highest point in the whole mountain range.
And although the relief transforms Gredos into a beautiful and spectacular mountain, from the biological perspective, its habitat provides us with one of the most interesting spaces in all of Western Europe.
The vegetation in the zone varies according to the altitude, and so it is possible to find a landscape of oak, chestnut, alder, ash, birch, poplar, willow, and Pyrenean oak, with the latter being replaced in various zones by the pine.
The main animal species, along with the Spanish Ibex, are the roe deer (capreolus capreolus), red-legged partridge (alectoris rufa), royal eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), honey buzzard (permis apivorus), black vulture (aegypius monachus), and griffon vulture (gyps fulvus).
It is characterized by its dark coat and, along with the Ibex of Beceite-Tortosa, has the largest antlers. Its horns are big and ringed, with a rugged surface, and shaped like a lyre. The growth of these horns is proportional to the age of the animal, adding one ring each year. The female goats have small, straighter horns. The mal es have an average weight of 90 kg and the females over 40 kg.
Description of the Hunt
Gredos Spanish Ibex is famous for being the biggest of the four different Spanish ibexes. In the Hunting Reserve of Gredos, the best hunting area for this specie, you will enjoy the beautiful mountains of the center Spain and also this amazing stalking hunt in an area plenty of very good trophies.
The hunting season in the South Side of Gredos is from 1st October to 31st December and from 15th January to 30th April.
In the North Side of Gredos the hunting season is from 15th September to 15th December and from 15th January to 15th June.
Your hunting trip will start with your arrival to Madrid airport (Aeropuerto Adolfo Suárez) where Mr.Antonio Teruel will meet you. He will accompany you during all your trip and will care for your hunt. After the clearance documents for bringing your riffle, you will be transfered to the hotel close to the hunting area and having dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.
If you choose to hunt in North Side of Gredos, then you will stayed in Hotel El Milano Real – www.elmilanoreal.com –
If you hunt in the South Side area, then you will be accommodated in Hotel Llano de Tineo – www.llanotineohotel.es –
In both cases these small boutique hotels, with a welcoming ambiance and wonderful natural surroundings, are perfect places for discovering the gastronomy of the area. And exploring the gastronomy of Castilla y León (name of the region) means having fresh beef and discovering the increased use of codfish and trout in récipes. It means discovering and taste in the use of basic raw materials and farm produce. It means enjoying wine country with a rich tradition, which today makes high-end wines, all along the river Duero. A high quality of the services will be present during all your hunting trip.
This hunt, just like other stalking of these species, begins in the early hours of the morning after a good breakfast. It is a mountain hunt in which the hunter and guides search, with the aid of binoculars and monocular, for a suitable trophy according to the clients demands. The stalking should then be carried out in complete silence, with attention being paid to the recommendations of the guide. This is a specie with a very sharp sense of smell, sight and hearing, an adversary which will contribute to the hunt, together with the incomparable landscape common to the area, the necessary ingredients to make the day an unforgettable hunting experience.
When hunting by stalking shooting distances may be in the range of 150 – 250 meters in the South Side of Gredos and 100 – 200 meters in the North Side. Recommended calibres for this hunt are 300 WM, 338 WM and 270 Watherby. In most cases you will have time to get a confortable rest for shooting, but sometimes you must be able to manage quicker shots.
The spanish Ibex establish tow types of social groups: groups with only males and females with Young groups. It is during the rut time, november – december, when the males interact with the females in order to reproduce. Mixed groups are also common during the rest of the Winter.
Terms for Booking and Cancellation
As already mentioned, hunting in the Reserve of Gredos is based in a strict license system.
We need to buy licenses for your hunt prior your arrival. To confirm your booking we require a deposit of 50% of the cost for the hunt. The remaining balance to the full cost of your hunt has to be paid not later than 60 days before the hunting date. In case to shoot a bigger trophy, the extra points would be paid after the hunt by sign of the hunting protocol before your departure.
The measure of the trophies will be done “en verde” (in green) in the field by the rangers of the Hunting Reserve.
Any reservation made less than sixty days before the hunting date will be confirmed by the full payment of the hunt. In case of cancellation with more than 180 days before the hunting date, the deposit will be refunded less 10% and five hundred euros as administration fees. In case of cancellation between 180 and 61 days before the hunting date, the total deposit is forfeited. In case of cancellation of 60 or less days before the hunting date, all booked services must be paid.
Injured animals which can’t be found are considered to be shot and must be paid by the customer.
In normal weather conditions we score a 100% of success in our hunts. But if any case the weather avoids a successful hunt or we don’t find the trophy expected during the hunt, we keep your hunting licence and you can come back for huntin during the next two years with the only cost of your spanish hunting licence and insurance (175,00.-€) and the dailyrates (350,00.-€)
For the management of your Spanish license and insurance, we will need to receive copy of your hunting license and identity card or passport.
Program based on: 2 hunting days & 3 Nights
Hunting Season: From September to the end May
Best Hunting Period: Rut Time (from middle nov.)
Hunting Method: Mountain Stalking Hunt
Recomm. Calibers: 300 WM, 338 WM, 270 Weath, 8×68, 300 Weath.
Shooting Distance: 150 – 300 meters or 165 – 325 yards
Shorter or longer shots also depending on the skill of the hunters.
Difficulty: We hunt in vast zones where the density and quality of trophies allows the hunt to be adapted to each person’s physical condition.
Combination: This program is possible to combinate with any other specie. But for proximity with mouflon, redstag, fallowdeer or Cantabrian Chamois could be the best combination.