Black springbok hunting South Africa

Springbok scientific name: Antidorcas marsupialis

Black springbok hunting South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.


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Black springbok hunting South Africa

Black springbok hunting South Africa is hunting for the more uncommon South African antelope species.

Black springbok, common springbok, copper springbok and white springbok are all in the same class and will be discussed as such.

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

Black springbok hunting South Africa is for the hunter who wishes to hunt the National antelope of South Africa. The name springbok refers to jumping antelope which can be seen when a springbok herd is running and the odd animal jumps / springs into the air.

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.

This makes them immune to heart water, a richetsial disease transferred by ticks that forms 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.

Bok or Buck

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 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 smell of which can be compared to that of cotton candy. 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 big 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 hunting black springbok

Black springbok hunting prices

The cost to hunt black springbok South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 1 200.

Caliber for black springbok

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting black springbok South Africa:

  • 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

Purchase the optics you can afford. The single most important issue is the scope must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient for hunting black springbok in South Africa.

Average shot distance

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

Shot placement black 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

Place the shot 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

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.

Shot placement diagram

Hunting tips

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

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

When hunting 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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