“During the past 5 years the Hunting Consortium has been the most invaluable resource a hunter could ask for.I have averaged over 150 hunting days in that time and many, if not most of those days were booked through The Hunting Consortium. Their knowledge and experience is unmatched in the hunting industry. I have always been pleased with the quality of the outfitters and the professional hunter’s and guides that Hunting Consortium have booked for me. I’ve hunted in Africa over a dozen times on hunts booked by the Hunting Consortium and every time I felt like I was hunting the premier area with one of the best outfitters and knowledgeable, helpful professional hunters. In Africa I have taken 158 different animals I couldn’t have accomplished that without the Hunting Consortium. I was on a hunting trip for over 6 weeks in the South Pacific which included a family vacation with my adult children and hunted with 5 different outfitters in 6 different areas in both New Zealand and Australia - a LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE that the Hunting Consortium handled without a hitch. I finished that trip by hunting all of the species available to hunt in these locations besides one. EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS on a single trip. The achievement I am most proud of though is my 21 day hunt in Spain where I took every animal that is currently available to hunt. Considering that the 7 Capra species were all free-range, this was very challenging but the Hunting Consortium put me in the best areas with best outfitters.”
-Rick Warren

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Spain

Perhaps the most popular destination for hunters, both European and Western, the Kingdom of Spain has a hunting heritage that goes back more than 800 years. The kings and their courtiers enjoyed the country’s bountiful wildlife resource with elaborate hunting rituals and ceremonies long before they sent Columbus to explore the “new world” in 1492. In the 19th century the right to hunt devolved from royal prerogative and became associated with landowner rights. Since that time magnificent game reserves and a system of national parks, wherein hunting is a long established tool in modern game management, have been created. Today Spain has one of the most progressive and intensive wildlife management systems in the world, producing stable populations and excellent trophy quality of their native species.

A bit smaller than the states of Arizona and New Mexico combined, Spain is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate and a variety in terrain and ecosystems. With mountains in the north, south central, and west of the country, as well as rich rolling hill country, interspersed with forests and agricultural land, Spain offers the traveling sportsman a long list of game animals, some of which are unique to the Iberian Peninsula. It also has the second largest tourism industry in the world, with superb infrastructure and all the amenities any traveler could ask for.

Spain is perhaps most famous for its several varieties of wild goats, respectfully regarded as ibex, by the international hunting community. In the Gredos Mountains, near Madrid, the largest form, the Gredos ibex, is found. Further east, the Beceite ibex inhabits the mountains of Valencia, and finally, in the coastal mountains of Andalusia, we find the Ronda and Southeastern ibex, the two smallest varieties of Spanish ibex.

Spain is also home to two subspecies of chamois – the Pyrenean chamois of the Pyrenean mountains, which separate Spain from France, and the Cantabrian chamois from the Cantabrian mountains of the north coast. These chamois are the world’s smallest two breeds of chamois. The hunts for these chamois take place in breathtakingly beautiful scenery, based out of quaint villages with a rural charm.

Spain has its own subspecies of red stag, slightly smaller than the stags of the European mainland. It is also home to magnificent fallow deer, which develop excellent trophy quality due to the mild climate, as well as huge mouflon rams and a large population of wild boar. Wolves may be hunted by special permit only and roe deer may be hunted in the agricultural areas.

Spain is also one of the most interesting countries to visit for its cultural and artistic treasures. Madrid, the capital of this constitutional monarchy, became the cultural center of the country during the “Golden Age” of Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today it is a historical bonanza for tourists. Fine foods and wines complement the many sights to see. Granada in the south has long been a mecca for those interested in the beautiful Moorish architecture. The quality of guiding, lodging, food, and other amenities is outstanding in Spain and the variety of sightseeing activities, which can be added to a client’s hunting itinerary, is unparalleled.

Hunting Consortium knows this country very well and is proud to represent several of Spain’s leading operators.

Species List:

  • Aoudad or Barbary Sheep
  • Beceite Ibex
  • Cantabrian Chamois
  • Eurasian Wild Boar
  • European Fallow Deer
  • European Roe Deer
  • Feral Goat
  • Gray Wolf
  • Gredos Ibex
  • Iberian Mouflon
  • Iberian Red Deer
  • Pyrenean Chamois
  • Ronda Ibex
  • Southeastern Spanish Ibex
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