Hunting eland in South Africa
Eland scientific name: Taurotragus oryx
Hunting eland in South Africa is hunting for the largest African antelope. These colossi travel vast distances overnight across any property and are famous for the clicking sound emanating from knuckle bones in the lower legs. Eland are gregarious animals with big bulls wearing down a scale at almost 2 000 lbs.
Old bulls have a tendency to become blue around the neck with a very prominent dewlap extending from the throat area down to the chest.
Frontal shots penetrating the dewlap should be limited to larger caliber rifles such as the 375 and larger.
Hunting eland in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our eland hunting opportunities are becoming extremely popular because of the effort involved from both the hunter and the Professional Hunting Guide when hunting eland in South Africa.
Bull eland can grow to 5’6” at the shoulder. Both bulls and cows sport a set of horns that twist from the base to the tip. Eland are now considered part of the spiral horn family of antelope together with
- Bushbuck, and
Eland are, in spite of their size, extremely agile and can clear regular cattle fences with ease. It has been noted that bull eland can clear 8’ fences when under duress, although the top two strands may be broken in the process.
The common, or Cape eland, are one and the same antelope and should not be confused with the Livingstone eland that occurs mainly North from the Limpopo River.
Cape eland are tan colored and have a series of white vertical lines down the flanks.
Although there is not a specific calving season it has been noted that substantial more births are recorded during the rainy season from October to March. A single calf is born after an approximate 9-month gestation period.
Due to the large areas eland move in bulls do not display any territorial behavior towards other bulls. This changes when a receptive cow is in the herd of a specific eland.
Eland occur and adapt to a wide area and seemingly do very well once they are settled in that area. Adult eland can only be preyed upon by apex predators like lions. Calves can fall prey to leopards.
Information on hunting eland in South Africa
Eland hunting prices 2018
The cost to hunt eland in South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 2 450.
Our eland hunting prices in South Africa are set for the whole of this hunting season. Should the exchange rates fluctuate drastically we will honor our initially agreed upon eland hunting prices, unless our prices decrease. If our prices decrease we will honor the lower price.
Best caliber for hunting eland
The best caliber for hunting eland in South Africa would be a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. There are numerous calibers out there that will be able to effectively hunt eland with and we wish not to get involved in debating on the merits of each.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting eland in South Africa:
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag
- 338 Lapua
- 338 – 378
- 416 Rem Mag
- 416 Taylor
- 416 Rigby
Best ammunition for hunting eland
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting eland in South Africa.
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. Use the projectile weights that have a constant better performance in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
Best gun scope for hunting eland
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. It is our experience that the more costly gun scopes like Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions.The single most important issue would be for the gun scope to be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting eland 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.
It is our point of view to use the scope you have on your rifle as being the best gun scope for hunting eland. Ensure your rifle shoots accurately before the hunt starts.
Average eland hunting distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting Eland in South Africa is 60 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Shot placement when hunting eland
The shot should be placed in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the hump on the back.
Quartering to shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot. Beware the large dewlap can and will deflect smaller, high velocity caliber rifle shots.
Quartering away shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot. Care should be taken not to try and shoot through the massive stomach.
Facing to shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. However, in this instance it should be noted that the large dewlap of an old bull can deflect faster, lighter bullets. If you have to take a frontal shot rather wait for a quartering to shot.
Shot placement diagram for hunting eland
Eland hunting video
Tips for hunting eland in South Africa
To walk-and-stalk when hunting eland is the traditional way of going about it. Larger eland herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the eland herd being alert most of the time. Solitary bulls can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed. Bachelor herds of between 2 and 10 animals are common and are even more difficult to stalk.
Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary eland and result in a no-hunt situation.
Best time of year for hunting eland in South Africa
Traditionally the bush in the best eland hunting areas is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly and during September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.
The best time of year to hunt eland in South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October and even to mid-November when the bush has receded most.
We can and do hunt eland from January to December.
South African big game hunting safari packages 2019