Hunting tsessebe in South Africa
Hunting tsessebe in South Africa is for the collector who wants to add something extra to his / her collection. This is Africa’s fastest antelope at 37 mph (60 kmh) over shorter distances but it cannot sustain high speed running like NA Antelope.
Tsessebe are not commonly hunted as they do not occur on all hunting properties and they are rather expensive to hunt.
This is a small frame animal about in the same class as blesbok and most rifle calibers used for hunting tsessebe will penetrate completely and exit on the other side making it possible to wound an animal not intended as the target.
Hunting tsessebe in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our tsessebe hunting opportunities are limited but we have a variety of areas where tsessebe hunts can be booked.
Tsessebe bulls weigh in at an average body weight of slightly more than 300 lb. (140 kg) and have an average shoulder height of 47” (1,2 m). Tsessebe cows pull the scale down to an average body weight of 260 lb. (120 kg).
Tsessebe bulls and cows grow horns, with the bulls displaying more mass on the horns. A note to hunters: even if you are sure of the sex of the animal you are hunting, reconfirm when hunting tsessebe. These animals are very difficult to sex accurately in the field.
Dietary requirements of tsessebe are not as varied, allowing tsessebe to adapt to general bushveld conditions rather well. They do not do well in cold regions.
Calving reaches a climax between September and October with a single lamb that is born. The rut is between middle February into March leaving the gestation period at approximately seven months.
In areas where large termite mounds are prevalent, solitary, territorial bulls can often be found resting on these mounds during the midday heat. Tsessebe are gregarious, keeping to smaller groups of between six and 10 cows along with dependent offspring. Young bulls are evicted from the herd after reaching the age of 12 months. Once evicted, the sub-adult bulls form bachelor herds before contesting for mating rights once they are sexually mature.
Tsessebe, along with red hartebeest are not the most attractive of antelope species as a result of their fore-quarters being higher than the hind-quarters.
Information on hunting tsessebe in South Africa
Caliber for hunting tsessebe
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting tsessebe in South Africa:
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag
- 8 X 64 and any other comparable calibers
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting tsessebe 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 tsessebe in South Africa is 80 to 150 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Tsessebe hunting prices
Our tsessebe hunting prices in South Africa for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tsessebe hunting season remains at $ 3 000.
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.
Shot placement when hunting tsessebe
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 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 inside shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Quartering away shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Facing to shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Tsessebe hunting video South Africa
Tips for hunting tsessebe
To walk-and-stalk when hunting tsessebe is the traditional way of going about it. Archery hunting tsessebe is on the increase and in such a case you should hunt tsessebe from a hide or blind.
Territorial tsessebe bulls can commonly be found on a covered termite mound during the heat of the day which will assist in finding the tsessebe when hunting. The height of the mound enables them to keep a watchful eye for possible intruders and hunters. The added benefit is a shady spot helps keep them cool.
A careful stalk should put the hunter in a favorable position to take a shot from a steady rest. This is Africa’s fastest antelope.
Best time of year to hunt tsessebe in South Africa
The best time of year to hunt tsessebe 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 tsessebe from January to December.
South African tsessebe hunting packages 2018