Latin name: Capra Aegagros Cretica
Trophy hunt: November-December
Sapientza Island is the only place in the world where the purest Kri Kri's are believed to live and the licenses are very limited. All the licenses for season 2022 are already booked, so we do not accept any more bookings for season 2022.
Sapientza Island is approximately at 300 km from Athens. The hunt is for 4 (four) days (Wednesday-Saturdays in November-December), 1 trophy Kri Kri Ibex no limit. In the event the boat is unable to make the 20-45 minutes trip to the island because of bad weather you can also hunt Monday/Tuesday. There is no Sunday hunting. It is recommended that you arrive Tuesday and depart Wednesday but with a flexible return. The additional days (Monday/Tuesday) must be paid additionally as the rate for observer. If a shot draws blood, it will terminate the hunt and start the search for the wounded animal. If the animal is injured and not found while the hunter is present, the animal will be considered dead. The search for the trophy will continue and, if found, it will be sent to the hunter. The hunt during the aproved hunting days is good until the trophy is taken or wounded, or two reasonable chances have been missed or passed over. Pick up and return Athens Airport, food and lodging in Methoni, transport to/from Sapienza Island by boat each day during the hunt, hire of the required shotgun and slugs, trophy preparation and Vet Certificate/export documents are included. Each of these hunting days starts at 8:00 a.m. in the morning at the Methoni quay where together with the forestry official and the hunting representative of the reserve and all hunters we board the only officially licensed boat and sail off hunting. Depending on our wish and sea waves’ height the captain leaves us at one of the four possible and chosen by you small quays. Our arrival is at about 8.30-8.50 a.m., and at that time the sun raises fast in the sky and shines all over the island with its warm rays. Ibexes originate from Crete, from there they got their name, but hundreds of years ago there they mixed their genes with the freely walking domestic goats of the locals. Because of that reason all Kri Kri that inhabit some parts of Greece are hybrids and are much bigger, with different colour and larger and twisted horns than the ones at our island.Because of the fact the island is a reserve inhabited only by Kri Kri and mouflons, staying here after 14.30 is strictly forbidden. Nobody can spend the night at the island. And the period during which hunting is allowed at the island is from 8.30 to 14.30 four days a week, if the weather is fine and there are no high waves that hinder us from making it by boat.The highest point at the island is 800 meters and we could conquer any peak where we saw an animal in a less than an hour, without being in a hurry.
The preparation for hunting in the island starts several months before the start of the hunting season. At that time you should submit the applications for having hunting licences issued by the state department that is in charge of islands and Kri Kri hunting in order to purchase the number of tags we need that will provide the hunters with access to the island for hunting there. The number of these permits is limited since the number is defined by the hunting programme in the particular year. Several months before that the programme is being elaborated by the particular forestry service and approved by the Greek government and in particular by the Ministry of forests and agriculture, which verifies the rules, terms and conditions for running the hunting sessions in the present year. As a rule, these terms and conditions undergo rare or insignificant changes throughout the years. You could see the translated official documents for the previous years on our web site.
The hunting licenses are limited and all applications for booking are accepted and listed under the priority order of the forestry. The applicants who are not placed for the current hunting season will be placed for the following season and according the up to date hunting laws. The rules for hunting in the island are mandatory to all going there, because the island is with the statute of protected area and special access to it is provided by law. Hunting takes place in groups, the way this is described in the program drawn by the government. Each of these groups is assigned with hunting region it cannot leave. The weapons you could hunt with are also subject to approval in the hunting program/shotgun only/. We provide you with official representation before the Greek authorities while ensuring all documents necessary for hunting in the island.This hunt is good until trophies are taken or wounded or two reasonable chances have been missed or passed over.
Sapienza Island - It is located opposite town of Methoni with a size of 9 square kilometers and the coastline is particularly steep and rocky. The landscape of Sapienza is green with slopes covered by low vegetation, surrounded by dense bushes and crystal clear waters.
There are many sigthseens around the Methoni. The Methoni stronghold is famous for being the last shelter of ships that pass along the Mediterranean commercial pathways. The numerous and fearful storms in the region have left along the bottom under the thick and stone walls hundreds of sunken ships. Nevertheless their remnants are inaccessible even to the best equipped deep-water divers. Calypso’s abyss does not let anyone back. According to the mythology Calypso was daughter of the Titan Atlas.It was nymph and lived at the island of Ogygia. Nobody knows where that island is but according to many historians it is in the Mediterranean Sea. Odyssey arrived at the same island after he made God Helios angry. Maybe that was the same island where we were about to hunt.
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