The geography and climate of Spain are extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife and species. Our Spanish animals, most of them spectacular mountain species like the Spanish Ibex and its four varieties: Beceite Ibex, Gredos Ibex, Southeastern Ibex and Ronda Ibex, have become some of the highlights of any assertive hunter or huntress.
Spain offers a great deal of Spanish hunting trophies for hunters that want to complete the Capra Slam or the OVIS Slam. 4 types of Spanish Ibex, 2 types of Chamois: Cantabrian and Pyrenean and the Balearean Goat for the Capra Slam and the Mouflon Sheep and Barbary Sheep or Aoudad for the OVIS Slam.
And we are specialized in the TRADITIONAL Spanish hunts driven by dogs.
Have a look at our available hunting program for the season 2023/24 and species in Spain: Spanish Ibex, Spanish Chamois, Wild sheep, Deer: Red deer, Fallow deer and Roe deer, Spanish wolf, wild boar and bird hunting: Red legged partridge. Enhance your trophy collection with one of these majestic Spanish hunting species and amplify your hunting experience with a hunting trip in Spain.
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CIC AND SCI SCORING SYSTEMS FOR THE SPANISH IBEX
Both scoring systems use their own formulas that determine the final score of a hunting trophy.
We are often asked about the CIC and SCI scoring systems for the Spanish ibex and more than once we realized that there is not enough info provided on them, and more importantly, this information is not in the same place.
Every time a hunter or huntress plans a hunting trip to Spain for the Spanish Ibex, at one particular moment they will be asked if they want to hunt a representative animal or they want to harvest a medal class Spanish Ibex. According to the scoring of the animal, this person will have to pay the extra points of their animals.
This article will explain the CIC and SCI scoring systems and measurements for the 4 different species of the Spanish ibex.
SCI SCORING SYSTEM FOR HARVESTED TROPHIES
There are 2 main scoring systems: CIC and SCI. If you live in the US, Canada and Mexico you may be familiar to the SCI scoring system. There are also many official SCI measurers that take the SCI measurer course and they can tell you how much your animal scores.
Mainly, for the Spanish Ibex, the SCI formula takes into account the circumference of the horns at the base to which it adds the length of the horns, in inches, and the total score represents the total number of inches. When measuring you have to pay attention to where you place the measuring tape, as you have to follow the ridge when the horn is spiraled.
SCI recognizes 4 subspecies of the Spanish Ibex in Spain: Beceite: North-East of Spain; Gredos: Central-West of Spain; Southeastern: South-East of Spain and Ronda: South of Spain. SCI also scores differently the Spanish Ibex, depending on if it was shot with a rifle or with a bow. The CIC scoring system is used in Europe for the European species.
MEDAL MEASUREMENTS ACCORDING TO THE CIC AND SCI SCORING SYSTEMS FOR THE SPANISH IBEX
In order to summarize the measurements according to the CIC and SCI scoring systems for the Spanish ibex, and all the info as clear as possible, we have put together this following chart:
CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE SCI AND CIC SCORING SYSTEMS
If you paid attention to the chart above, you can reach these final conclusions of the CIC and SCI scoring systems for the Spanish ibex:
- Within the CIC scoring system animals have to score a bit more in order to be medal trophies
- Sometimes these measuring systems almost coincide, like for instance: the Gold CIC medal for the Gredos Ibex and Beceite ibex is also Gold according to the SCI scoring system.
- But in some cases, they are complete opposites. Like for instance the Ronda Ibex: a Gold SCI Ronda Ibex is still a Representative, Non medal CIC Ronda Ibex.
- The measurements for the Spanish Ibex hunted with a bow are way lower than taken with a rifle, and in all cases but the Gredos Ibex, a Representative Non medal CIC Spanish Ibex can be a Gold, Silver or Bronze in the SCI scoring system.
From 31-03-2023 are reservations voor de Southeastern Ibex ( Granada ) availble ,The season is from October 1st to May 31 , but the best time to hunt them are november & december.
CAPRA PYRENAICA HISPANICA
Found in the coastal mountains of Spain and the largest of the 4 expressions, the Beceite Ibex is considered to be the most desired hunt of the species. Not only do they have the largest body mass , but their horns also extend to an impressive width.
There are two types of configurations for these Ibex: ‘lira’ horns which curve back like most Spanish Ibex, and ‘palm’ shaped, which are much flatter horns, making them look even larger. Typically, the horns are straighter than the Gredos Ibex and have a spiral turn of less than 180 degrees. Horn thickness remains constant for half the length, then decreases toward the tip, which is not as thin as in the Gredos expression.
Steep, limestone mountains, up to 3,000 feet high, with pine forests and old farming fields built in a terraced fashion. The Beceite Mountains are located between Castellon, Teruel and Tarragona Provinces in northeastern Spain. It’s a two-to-four-hour drive southwest from Barcelona depending on our exact hunting location.
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The Gredos Ibex is the most famous and most well known type of Spanish Ibex. They inhabit the Gredos Mountains in the western part of the country. They have suvived as a royal species protected by the Kings of Old Spain.
The population density in Gredos is quite high and they have the second largest body mass on average. Known for their impressive horn size and ‘lyre’ configuration, the Gredos Ibex is king. The Gredos Ibex has the second largest body mass of the four Ibex Species expressions and displays some of the most impressive horns with its dark body. Typically, the horns are lyre-shaped with a pronounced curve and a spiral turn of more than 180 degrees. Horn thickness decreases progressively from the base to the very thin tip.
Impressive, granite stone mountains, with very little forest, which can reach as high as 7,000 feet high. The Mountain Range of Gredos is a 2 - 3hour drive west of Madrid.
CAPRA PYRENAICA HISPANICA
Southeastern Spanish Ibex is common across the Sierra Nevada in Granada. A large moutainous region across the Southern coast of the country near the sea.
Southeastern Ibex, also known as the Sierra Nevada Ibex, are quite small in body mass and light in color. Their population density is not as high and truly large males can be difficult to find, making it a prized achievement. Smaller and lighter in color than the Beceite and Gredos types. The Males’ horn structure is thick and long with an impressive backward curve forming a circle with the tips growing back towards the neck, horns forming a circle with the tips growing toward the neck like those of a Mouflon. The keel is smooth, making the horns almost round in cross-section.
Large, deep, rocky canyons, with an altitude that can reach up to 9,000 feet high; these are the highest mountains in Spain. The mountains of Tejada-Almijara and Sierra Nevada are a 4-hour drive south from Madrid and about an hour and a half from Malaga.
CAPRA PYRENAICA HISPANICA
The Ronda Ibex are the smallest of the 4 types of Spanish Ibex. They are isolated in a small moutain area in the Malaga province of Spain. These Ibex have a unique body mass and horn configuration growing shorter , straighter horns.
Ronda’s isolation makes for a uniqueness not seen with the other Ibex types. Their density is low making it a prized and challenging trophy to obtain. The smallest type of Spanish ibex with the smallest horns. Overall color is a light brown. Typically, the horns grow upward in a V-shape, then backward with a spiral turn of only 90 degrees. Horn thickness is constant for half the length, then decreases gradually to the broomed tips.
Extremely steep, limestone mountains, reaching as high as 4,000 feet in elevation. The Ronda Mountain Range is located in the Malaga province and is approximately a 4-to-five-hour drive from Madrid and an hour and a half from Malaga.