Copper springbok hunting South Africa

Springbok scientific name: Antidorcas marsupialis

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Copper springbok hunting South Africa

Copper springbok hunting South Africa is hunting for the less common South African antelope species.

Copper springbok (common springbok, black springbok and white springbok) are all in the same class and will be discussed as such.

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 and Namibia making it a rather sought after trophy. When you decide to hunt a copper springbok you may want to consider hunting both a white- and a black springbok as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.

Copper 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 observed when a springbok herd is running and the odd animal jumps / springs into the air displaying how nimble they are.

Copper 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 the 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 odor of which can be compared to that of candy floss. 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.

Information on copper springbok hunting South Africa

Copper springbok hunting prices

Copper springbok hunting prices South Africa for 2018 are available on request.

Caliber for copper springbok hunting

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for copper springbok hunting:

  • 243
  • 6.5 X 55
  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 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.

Gun Scope

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting copper springbok in 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 shooting distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting copper springbok in South Africa is 150 to 200 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Shot placement copper springbok hunting

Broadside shot

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.

Copper springbok shot placement diagram

Tips for copper 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 copper springbok hunting South Africa

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 copper springbok in South Africa is from February until the end of November.

When hunting copper 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.

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