Hunting klipspringer South Africa
Hunting klipspringer South Africa
Hunting klipspringer South Africa is hunting for one of the Tiny 10 antelope species.
Hunting klipspringer in South Africa is hunting for a localized small antelope that falls within the ambit of you must be able to shoot well. A nasal blow is the warning call that is sounded when you see klipspringer disappear down rock faces you thought was only accessible to goats. Small and alert family groups and keen eyesight make this an extremely challenging hunt.
The hair on the body is more like small quills filled with air making it very susceptible to hair slip. Having hunted a trophy klipspringer, you need to have it skinned as soon as is possible.
The name: klipspringer is derived from the native Afrikaans language describing it as rock jumper. These small antelopes have soft hooves adapted to a better grip on rocks and rock faces. They are commonly referred to as the ballerinas of the mountains as it seems like they stand on the tips of their toes, so to speak. Please see the female klipspringer image below and note the stance on the rock.
Klipspringer scientific name: Oreotragus oreotragus
Klipspringer deserve their position as one of the Tiny 10 antelope species that can be hunted in South Africa. The average weight of an adult male klipspringer is between 20 lb. and 26 lb. (9 kg – 12 kg). Female, or klipspringer ewes, have an average weight of 24 lb. – 35 lb. (11 kg – 16 kg). Average shoulder height of klipspringer is 19” – 23” (500 mm – 600 mm).
Predation on klipspringer are mainly by eagles, leopard, caracal and jackal. Only klipspringer males have horns. They have small rounded ears that are placed well to the back of the head.
Klipspringer are not dependent on water and derive their moisture requirements by browsing on a wide variety fruits, shrubs, herbs and shoots.
A single lamb is born from monogamous parents that defend their home territories. The lamb is pushed out from the family groups’ home range after it reaches 12 months of age.
Klipspringer are localized antelopes who are dependent on hills and mountains helping them to escape from possible danger. They do not do well in regions where it becomes very cold during winter.
Klipspringer hunting prices
Klipspringer hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 1 500.
No klipspringer cull hunts are available.
Ammunition for klipspringer hunting
We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting klipspringer in South Africa.
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Nosler Partition, Sierra and others.
The reason we keep hammering on using premium grade ammunition is:
In South Africa if you shoot at an animal and blood is drawn the animal is considered bought and paid for. If you use cheap ammunition that is inferior and causes blood to be drawn you pay even if we do not find it.
What you are looking for in premium grade ammunition is consistent performance. Petals must mushroom creating a wide wound channel leading to the animal expiring quickly.
Petals that break off, or worse, if the bullet / projectile disintegrates upon contact the animal might survive and you still pay.
Gun scope for hunting klipspringer
A very good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting klipspringer in South Africa.
The scope must be able to withstand the recoil of the rifle to make it a good scope.
Caliber for hunting klipspringer South Africa
The best caliber to for hunting klipspringer South Africa is the one you know best. We can argue calibers from now till chickens grow teeth and still disagree. Why try and fix something that is not broke?
Use a small- to medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.
We consider the following as the best calibers for hunting klipspringer in South Africa:
22 Hornet using a minimum bullet weight of 45 gr
- traveling at a muzzle velocity at 2 690 feet per second (fps). Only use Barnes, Remington, Winchester and Sellier & Bellot aamunition.
222 using a minimum bullet weight of 50 gr
- Norma soft point traveling at a muzzle velocity of about 3 199 feet per second (fps)
- Sellier & Bellot SP 50 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of 3 215 fps
- Federal Hi-Shok 50 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of 3 140 fps
- Norma Soft Point 62 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of 2 887 fps
223 using a minimum bullet weight of 50 gr
- Hornady 53 gr Hollow Point Match at a muzzle velocity of 3 330 feet per second (fps)
- Nosler Balistic Tip 50 gr at a muzzle velocity of 3 100 fps
- Federal 55 gr Hi-Shok at a muzzle velocity of 3 240 fps
22-250 using a minimum bullet weight of 50 gr
- Federal 55 gr Sierra GameKing at a muzzle velocity of 3 680 feet per second (fps)
- Remington 55 gr Soft Point at a muzzle velocity of 3 680 fps
- Hornady 60 gr Soft Point at a muzzle velocity of 3 600 fps
243 using a minimum bullet weight of 70 gr
- Federal 80 gr at a muzzle velocity of 3 350 feet per second (fps)
- Remington 90 gr Swift Scirocco Bonded at a muzzle velocity of 3 120 fps
- Barnes 100 gr at any muzzle velocity
If you have any other calibers that shoot FMJ monolithic solid bullets accurately out to 200 yards, you are more than welcome to use them.
Hunting klipspringer South Africa shot placement
Shot placement on klipspringer is made based on the small size of the animal. Place the shot directly behind the shoulder of the klipspringer, about halfway up from the bottom of the chest to the top of the back. This will lead to a definite lung shot.
Aim for the inside of the closer shoulder to allow the shot to penetrate the vital organs. Klipspringer shot placement with medium- to small bore calibers usually ends well for the hunter. Do not take the shot if you are unsure about yourself.
Bisect the angle formed between the front legs, aim in the bottom third of the distance between the bottom of the chest and the top of the back of the klipspringer.
Put the shot in the center of the chest of the klipspringer where the throat joins the body.
A frontal shot on klipspringer can become risky. They are slim animals offering a very small target for a facing on shot.
Hunting klipspringer South Africa general information
Hunting klipspringer South Africa is hunting for the bottom half of the Tiny 10 antelope hunting in Africa. These agile antelope love rocky areas with lots of cover. A short subdued blow from the nose is the warning call that will make you take the long walk of shame.
Klipspringer are small enough to be weary of large eagles like the martial eagle. Usually they occur in couples, or a coupe with a dependent offspring, or at least, a solitary animal. They are not herd animals.
This can become a physically demanding hunt, or it can happen when hunting something else. You need to make the decision to be willing to hunt one before going into the field.
Enjoy your hunt. Be sure. Be safe.
Tips for hunting klipspringer South Africa
Hunting klipspringer South Africa is no easy task. Klipspringer inhabit areas and terrain that is mostly quite inaccessible and they have very good eye-sight. Their symbiotic relationship with baboons also allow for an early-warning system second to none.
Much time is spent glassing the overhangs, rocky ledges and cliff faces trying to locate these shy antelopes. They mainly occur in family groups of up to three animals per group (male, female and sub-adult) roaming their territory. Sometimes the hunter is lucky enough to come across them at the foot of a hill, or on top of the mountain where it is easier to stalk them.
Best time of year for hunting klipspringer South Africa
Klipspringer can be hunted from March to November with peak hunting times during May to October.
It is going to be a challenging hunt when hunting klipspringer in mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.
We can and do hunt klipspringer from January to December.
Klipspringer average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting klipspringer South Africa is 100 to 200+ yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Below is one of our klipspringer hunting videos.
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