Mountain zebra hunting South Africa
Mountain zebra scientific name: Equus zebra
Hunting mountain zebra South Africa is hunting for one of the unusual animals to hunt in South Africa. Mountain zebra rugs are the most popular way of having your mountain zebra trophy mounted, with the odd mountain zebra shoulder mount on the wall.
Mountain zebra hunting South Africa is far more difficult than a hunter would expect. Mountain zebra have fine-tuned hearing and smelling and have exceptional eyesight. Because mountain zebra are herd animals it is very hard to approach them unseen and a shot should be taken as soon as one is presented.
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 mountain zebra with the correct permissions.
Take note of the so-called sergeant stripes formed on the shoulder of a mountain zebra. This is a fantastic indicator as to where the shot should be placed.
This is the one specie that is 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 main difference between the two sexes (apart from the obvious) is due to body weight. Stallions are on average 50 lb. heavier than the mares. Accurately judging a 50-lb. difference in body weight between two animals on the hoof has to be a major achievement.
Stallions weigh down the scale to an average body weight of 650 lb. and 600 lb. respectively (298 kg and 276 kg).
Differences between Mountain zebra and Burchell’s (Common) zebra
- Stripes down the legs of mountain zebra are more prevalent and more pronounced than with Burchell’s zebra.
- Stripes down the flanks of the mountain zebra end on the upper region of the belly and do not extend all the way under the belly.
- Mountain zebra have more pronounced ears than Burchell’s zebra.
- The stripes on the body of Mountain zebra do not have shadow stripes.
- Mountain zebra have a dewlap that does not occur on the common zebra.
There are few differences between Mountain zebra and Burchell’s zebra in terms of reproduction and dietary requirements. Stallions become sexually mature from about their third year onward. Gestation period is approximately 12 months.
Hunting Mountain zebra South Africa has to be appreciated for its splendor and complete difference to the usual. Mountain zebra have a distinctively different pattern on their backs than that of common zebra.
Information on mountain zebra hunting South Africa
Caliber for mountain zebra hunting
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for mountain zebra hunting South Africa:
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag
- 8 X 64 Breneke
- 9.3 X 62
- 375 and any comparable calibers
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting mountain 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 Mountain zebra in South Africa is 80 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Mountain zebra hunting prices
Our mountain zebra hunting prices South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 2 750.
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.
Mountain zebra hunting shot placement
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 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.
Mountain zebra hunting shot placement diagram
Mountain zebra hunting video
Differences between mountain zebra and common zebra
On mountain zebra the black vertical stripes down the flanks end on the flanks in contrast to the Burchell’s zebra (common zebra) whose stripes end beneath the belly. Mountain zebra do not have any shadow stripes. On mountain zebra the stripes on the legs go down all the way to just above the hooves. The stripes end on the knees of the Burchell’s zebra. Mountain zebra have a small dewlap that does not occur on the Burchell’s zebra. Mountain zebra have more prominent ears that are 2” – 3” longer than those of the common zebra.
Tips for mountain zebra hunting South Africa
When out mountain zebra hunting South Africa the hunter can start looking for them close to a reliable water source. Mountain zebra are gregarious and will always be found in small herds.
Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary mountain zebra and result in a no-hunt situation.
Best time of year for mountain zebra hunting South Africa
Traditionally the bush in the best mountain zebra 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 mountain 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.
We can and do hunt mountain zebra from January to December.
South African mountain zebra safari hunts 2019