Hunting zebra in Africa
The following applies weather hunting the Burchell’s or the mountain zebra.
Hunting zebra in South Africa is hunting for one of the four most popular animals to hunt in Africa. Zebra rugs are the most popular way of having your zebra trophy mounted.
Hunting zebra in Africa is far more difficult than a hunter would expect. Zebra have fine-tuned hearing and smelling and have exceptional eyesight. Because zebra are herd animals it is very hard to approach a herd unseen and a shot should be taken as soon as one is presented.
This is the one specie that is also incredibly difficult to sex. The sexual organs of the stallion are situated far back on the abdominal area making it almost impossible to observe when the animal is relaxed and not urinating.
The vital organs area is situated low in the chest making it rather easy to wound one of these striped animals. It is legal to hunt zebra with the correct permissions.
Take note of the so-called sergeant stripes formed on the shoulder of a zebra. This is the best indicator as to where the shot should be placed.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris offer all-inclusive African zebra hunting safaris.
The black body stripes extend to below the belly where they end up against the stripes from the opposite side. Burchell’s zebra have a distinct shadow stripe between the black stripes that are more prominent towards the rump of the animal. They have fewer leg stripes that display less prominent.
The average body weight these animals run the scale up to is approximately 700 lb. (320 kg) with an average shoulder height of approximately 51” (1,3 m).
Zebra mostly deliver their foals during summer time from October to December after a gestation period of 10 – 12 months. Foals suckle for 11 months after which they are weaned.
Zebra are gregarious, living in smaller family groups of between eight and 15 animals. A dominant stallion will defend his harem actively against possible intruders. The stallion will evict younger males as soon as he feels they become a threat to his supremacy.
Zebra are grazers that prefer savanna- and limited woodlands. Zebra have to use water on a daily basis so are seldom too far from a permanent water source.
Information on hunting zebra in Africa
Zebra hunting caliber
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting zebra in South Africa:
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag
- 338 Lapua
- 375 and any comparable calibers
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting zebra 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 Zebra in South Africa is 80 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Why do people hunt zebra
Even though zebra have no trophy value, hunters still like to hunt zebra for the beautiful skin. The skin can be draped over furniture, or used as a carpet. Zebra tender loins are utilized in hunting camp with the rest of the meat going to meat processing facilities. It is perfectly legal to hunt zebra.
Zebra hunting prices
The cost for hunting zebra in Africa for the 2018 hunting season is $ 1 590.
Our zebra hunting prices South Africa are set for the whole of the 2018 hunting season.
Ammunition for zebra hunting
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX and Barnes TSX 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 zebra
The shot should be placed in the center of the sergeant stripes.
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 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.
Zebra shot placement diagram
Zebra hunting video
Tips for hunting zebra in Africa
To walk-and-stalk when hunting zebra is the traditional way of going about it. Larger zebra herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the zebra herd being alert most of the time. Archery hunting zebra is on the increase and in such a case you should hunt zebra from a hide or blind.
Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary zebra and result in a no-hunt situation.
Best time of year to hunt zebra in Africa
The best time of year to hunt zebra 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.
When hunting zebra 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 zebra from January to December.
South African hunting trips in Africa 2018