Black springbok hunting South Africa
Black springbok hunting South Africa is hunting for the more common South African antelope species.
Black springbok (common springbok, copper springbok and white springbok) are all in the same class and will be discussed as such.
Black springbok are gregarious animals that like to bunch up in a herd once they feel threatened. The males (rams) and females (ewes) have small but distinct differences when sexing them for trophy hunting. Springbok only occur naturally in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia making it a rather sought after trophy. When you decide to hunt a black springbok you may want to consider hunting both a white- and a copper springbok as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.
Black springbok hunting South Africa is for the hunter who wishes to hunt the National antelope of South Africa. The name refers to jumping antelope which can be seen when a springbok herd is running and the odd animal jumps / springs into the air.
Springbok occur mainly on the open plains of South Africa and are well established in most Southern parts of the country. Springbok in the Northern parts of the country are adapted to the ticks prevalent in that
area and are immune to heart water, a richetsial disease (transferred by ticks) forming a fluid-filled sack around the heart causing heart failure. The net effect is that springbok from the southern parts of the country cannot be introduced to the northern parts without a 100% springbok stock loss There is much use of both the Afrikaans language and English terminology for some animals ending with “bok” or “buck”. Traditionally any animal name that ended on bok was Afrikaans and any animal name ending on buck was English. The difference between springbok and springbuck is the same and the hunter is more than welcome to use either or both.
An interesting feature about springbok is the opening of the plume on its back shortly after it expired. Beautiful pictures are taken when the plume is open and a sweet aroma is secreted from a gland on the back, the smell of which can be compared to that of cotton candy. The plume closes after about a minute or two. The only other time the plume is opened is when the animal is pronking or showing the world how good and beautiful it is. When the males pronk they open the plume on their backs, arch, and leap stiff-legged into the air while secreting the sweet smelling odor that none of the ladies can refuse. After the animal expires it usually opens the plume and the sweet smell can be observed.
Information on black springbok hunting South Africa
Black springbok hunting prices
The cost to hunt black springbok South Africa for the 2018 hunting season is $ 1 000.
Our black springbok hunting prices in South Africa are set for the whole of the 2018 black springbok hunting season barring any major international crises.
Caliber for hunting black springbok
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting black springbok South Africa:
- 6.5 X 55
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM and any comparable calibers.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight depending on which weight projectiles have a constant better performance in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting black springbok South Africa due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief which will allow for greater flexibility to view the cross-hairs quicker.
Average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting black springbok in South Africa is 150 to 200 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Shot placement black springbok hunting
The shot should be placed right on the shoulder in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. A good indication will be to place the shot in the brown line on the flanks.
Quartering to shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as a broadside shot.
Quartering away shot
The shot should be placed at the spot where you bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the same height as a broadside shot.
Facing to shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Shot placement diagram for black springbok hunting
Tips for black springbok hunting South Africa
To lay an ambush when hunting springbok in South Africa is the traditional way of hunting them. Larger springbok herds can be impossible to stalk due to every member of the springbok herd being alert all of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed.
Prepare for a longer-than-average shot on a smaller frame animal.
Best time of year for black springbok hunting
Springbok occur mainly in open terrain areas where grass will not always affect a shot. Patches of tall grass will hide springbok momentarily as springbok are prone to moving consistently.
The best time of year to hunt springbok in South Africa is from February until the end of November.
When hunting springbok in the Free State the terrain opens up to large open plains and even mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.
We can and do hunt springbok from January to December.
South African hunting safari trips 2018