Hunting bushbuck in South Africa
Bushbuck scientific name: Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus
Hunting bushbuck in South Africa is hunting for another of the spiral horn family of African antelope. To qualify for the Spiral horn slam in South Africa the hunter must hunt the following spiral horned antelope:
An aspect to remember when hunting trophy bushbuck in South Africa (whether in Limpopo or Eastern Cape) is that bushbuck are solitary animals. Males only teaming up with females for mating purposes. Females with dependent offspring may team up with another female and her dependent offspring for limited periods of time.
Limpopo bushbuck are secretive animals that will lay down in case of danger. A short bark, not unlike that of a small dog serves as a warning call alerting other bushbuck of any danger in the vicinity.
Hunting bushbuck can happen suddenly so be at the ready at all times. Both the Limpopo bushbuck and Cape bushbuck are native to South Africa. They occur from the far northern parts of the country right down to the Eastern Cape.
Bushbuck are known to be dangerous when wounded. They are not the largest antelopes alive, with a large male (male bushbuck are called rams) weighing in at between 110 and 125 pounds. However, what they lack in weight they make up for in tenacity and aggression when threatened.
Mature males have a dark brown furry coat with white spots on the flanks and white socks. A white chevron between the eyes are indicative of the relationship between bushbuck, kudu and nyala. Female bushbuck (ewes) are slight bodied and sport a lighter brown color to the rams.
Bushbuck males seldom fight as an injury will almost always lead to death. Therefore, there is an unwritten age-respect rule within the bushbuck family. Mostly when males contest breeding rights, the males will have a standoff showing the other how big and strong they are. The males arch their backs and strut around, circling each other to the extent one decides he cannot stand it anymore and retires gracefully and uninjured.
In some areas bushbuck become nocturnal if they are disturbed too much to their liking during the day. Activity reaches a peak during the early mornings, late afternoons and during the evenings. Early evening will see bushbuck move to their preferred grazing areas which normally is an alfalfa field or an irrigation field with greens.
Information on hunting bushbuck in South Africa
Bushbuck hunting prices
The bushbuck hunting prices in South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 1 650.
The best caliber for hunting bushbuck 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 bushbuck with. We are not going to debate the merits of each caliber.
We suggest the following calibers calibers for hunting bushbuck in South Africa:
- 6,5 X 55
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 7 mm 08
- all 7 mm caliber rifles will be fine
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes. You can use any weight projectiles depending on which weight consistently performs best in your specific rifle.
Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, you should 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 should be sufficient for hunting bushbuck.
Average shot distance
The average expected shot distance when hunting Bushbuck in South Africa is 50 to 100 yards.
Shot placement when hunting bushbuck South Africa
The shot should be placed in line with the front leg. Elevation must be one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.
Quartering to shot
Place the shot on the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the same height as for a broadside shot and for the inside of the closer shoulder.
Bisect the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the center of the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Facing on shot
This is usually a difficult shot. However, place the shot where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Shot placement diagram for hunting bushbuck
Tips for hunting bushbuck in South Africa
Bushbuck are solitary animals only teaming up with a member of the opposite sex during mating season. Old males become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt.
Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary bushbuck and result in a no-hunt situation. Bushbuck prefer dense bush and forest areas making it difficult to move silently. They have a preference to congregate along river fronts and can be seen sunning themselves on the banks of open spaces in the early mornings.
Bushbuck are part of the spiral horn family of antelope (Tragelaphus), making it almost as difficult to hunt as its cousins kudu and nyala.
According to current law, it is illegal to hunt using dogs. Hunting bushbuck with dogs is only legal when the dogs are used to track a wounded animal.
Best time of year for hunting bushbuck in South Africa
Traditionally the bush is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly. During September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.
The best time of year to hunt bushbuck is:
- from May to end October is considered to be a good time of year to hunt bushbuck
We can and do hunt bushbuck from January to December.
South African bushbuck hunting safari packages 2019