Hunting mountain reedbuck South Africa
Hunting mountain reedbuck South Africa takes place exactly where the name suggests: in mountains. A shrill pitched nasal blast indicates you have been busted and should rethink your stalking strategy.
Mountain reedbuck are extremely weary hill dwellers that will relocate themselves at the slightest show of danger of any kind.
Adding a beautiful mountain reedbuck specimen to your collection will add a lot to your inner knowing how hard it was to harvest one of these members of the Tiny 10.
Mountain reedbuck are medium to small sized antelope. The fluffy fur is a dull gray color with a small amount of medium rusty-brown prevalent along the head and shoulders. The underbelly is white with a strikingly white tail that is lifted high when the animal is running.
Male mountain reedbuck (rams) have forward curving horns. Females do not have horns. Mountain reedbuck are grazers who require a consistent water source for daily use.
Family groups of three to eight members with a single mature male as leader occur mainly on hillsides and in mountainous regions. Larger groups can congregate for short periods of time before moving away. Juvenile males are forced from the group to form bachelor herds until they become confident enough to challenge resident dominant males for breeding rights. Juvenile females can become sexually active from 15 months on.
Mountain reedbuck males wear the scale down to an average body weight of 53 lb. – 80 lb. (24 kg – 36 kg) whereas females run the scale down to an average body weight between 33 lb. – 75 lb. (15 kg – 34 kg). A single lamb is born after an eight-month gestation period mostly during December – January.
Information on mountain reedbuck
Mountain reedbuck hunting prices
Mountain reedbuck hunting prices 2020 in South Africa is $ 1 350.
Caliber for hunting mountain reedbuck
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting mountain reedbuck in South Africa:
- 6.5 X 55
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag and any comparable calibers.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends you only use premium grade ammunition for hunting mountain reedbuck South Africa. Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TSX in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient.
Average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance is 100 to 200+ yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
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 hump on the back. A shot slightly behind the shoulder will also work well.
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 opposite shoulder 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 reedbuck hunting tips
Mountain reedbuck herds of up to six animals can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the mountain reedbuck herd being alert all of the time. Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary mountain reedbuck and result in a no-hunt situation. Mountain reedbuck prefers open areas from where they can see any possible approaching danger.
An ambush position usually leads to success.
Best time of year for hunting mountain reedbuck
The best time of year to hunt mountain reedbuck in South Africa is February until the end of October and even to mid-November when the grass has receded most.
When hunting mountain reedbuck in the Free State the terrain opens up to large open plains and even mountainous areas. We can and do hunt mountain reedbuck from January to December.
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