Kri Kri's Latin name: Capra Aegagros Cretica Hunting season: November-December
Sapientza Island is the only place in the world where the purest Kri Kri's are believed to live. This Ibex is a diminutive form of the Bezoar Ibex, which has migrated into the western-most reach of the range of this species. The kri – kri (Capra aegagrus cretica), sometimes called the Cretan goat, Agrimi, or Cretan Ibex, is a feral goat inhabiting the Eastern Mediterranean, previously considered a subspecies of wild goat. The kri-kri has a light brownish coat with a darker band around its neck. It has two horns that sweep back from the head. In the wild they are shy and avoid tourists, resting during the day. The animal can leap some distance or climb seemingly sheer cliffs.
The kri-kri is not thought to be indigenous to Crete, most likely having been imported to the island during the time of the Minoan civilization. Nevertheless, it is found nowhere else and is thereforeendemic to Crete. It was common throughout the Aegean but the peaks of the 8,000 ft (2,400 m) White Mountains of Western Crete are their last strongholds–particularly a series of almost vertical 3,000 ft (900 m) cliffs called ‘the Untrodden’—at the head of the Samaria Gorge. This mountain range, which hosts another 14 endemic animal species, is protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In total, their range extends to the White Mountains, the Samaria National Forest and the islets of Dia, Thodorou, and Agii Pandes.
Mouflon Latin name: Ovis Ammon Musimon Trophy Hunting season: November-December
Trophies between 60 cm and 80 cm are expected. Hunting for Mouflon is possible in combination with Kri Kri hunting on Sapienza Island
The package price of hunting one kri-kri (Capra aegagrus cretica) – USD 7500
Additionally, we could add mouflon (Ovis Ammon Musimon ) - USD 2500
Sapientza Island is approximately at 300 km from Athens. The hunt is for 3 (three) days (Wednesday-Оисаьщ in November), 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. 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.
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 pure Kri Kri and mouflons, staying here after 14.00 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 14.00 three 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 two years here. After submitting the documents there is a deadline in which to sum up the results of the collected applications and if hunters’ number exceeds the capacity defined for hunting purposes during the hunting period, lot is being drawn according to the rules set by the government. Only on one or two occasions such lot was drawn in the last 4 years.
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 programme 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 programme. The thing we provide you with is official representation before the Greek authorities while ensuring all documents necessary for hunting in the island.
The price is inclusive all fees and costs of which we are aware before hunting start and they include:
Transportation from Athens to the hotel in Methoni and back after the hunting end. Translation and legalization of all documents necessary for having the hunting permit and hunting license issued for shooting Kri Kri. Primary leather processing and elaboration of the export documents. Hunting license. Hunting armament.
The price does not include:
Hotel accommodation and food. /Everyone can choose according to his/her needs, accommodation is in one of the three possible hotels near the location from where the ship sail off for the island. All hotels and restaurants are located nearby and even the remotest shops are at 5-10 minute walking distance. We will help you with your choice./
State fee in the case of shooting down an animal /It is to be defined by the ecologist on duty depending on the antler length and varies between 350 and 700 EUR per adult animal. It is payable directly to the forestry officials, but only if you shoot down an animal. (This fee is to be approved by the Minister of forests and agriculture each year).
CITES /if necessary, but kri-kri (Capra aegagrus cretica) is not included in the list and at present no such export permit is necessary/
Carriage fee per person by boat to the island /50 EUR per person, if the group exceeds 6 people or 300 EUR shared by the hunters, if less than 6 people. It is payable every day. /
Hunting guide. /(self-guided hunt ) Hunting is individual but in a group without hunting guide, all the time hunters are being accompanied by forestry officials that are observers. We provide the hunters with maps and guidelines before the hunt on the places where the trophy animals were spotted. A video with training film on successfully hunting in the island. The hunting areas of the individual groups could be toured for less than 2 hours without being in a hurry./
Tax 24% /The tax is payable on the whole hunting amount. All of the abovementioned prices are excluding VAT/
Examples of trophies Kri Kri