Hunting roan antelope South Africa
Roan antelope scientific name: Hippotragus equinus
Hunting roan antelope South Africa is for the hunter who needs something else other than the standard impala and warthog. These animals are usually added to your collection towards the end of your average African hunts.
Roan antelope are expensive to hunt but add that extra spice to an already fantastic hunting trophy collection. Roan antelope have striking big ears and medium size horns. Care must be taken when hunting one of these beautiful antelopes as roan cows also have horns. A careless mistake can lead to the incorrect animal being hunted.
This is South Africa’s second largest antelope and will make a fine contribution to your collection.
Roan have distinctive white and black facial markings with large, pointed ears. Horns curve up and back.
Bull roan antelope weigh in at a powerful average body weight of 595 lb. (270 kg) with an average shoulder height of 55” (1,4 m). Cows draw the scale up to 460 lb. (210 kg).
Roan antelope behavior
Roan antelope are mainly grazers who prefer medium to tall grass areas in open savannah fields. A single calf is born after a 40-week gestation period. The calf is kept in hiding for almost a month before being introduced to the herd. Infant mortality is as high as 80% within the first eight weeks after birth.
Roan antelopes are gregarious. The dominant bull reigns the herd with a single matriarch.
Sable antelope were bred back from being endangered to where they can be hunted without any tags. Same is due for roan antelope with numerous breeding projects in different regions increasing the roan antelope numbers drastically.
Hunting roan antelope in South Africa is set to become more affordable within the next two years. This is due to intensive conservation efforts by farmers who started breeding projects years ago. Thank the farmer.
Information on hunting roan antelope South Africa
Caliber for roan antelope
We consider the following as the best calibers for roan hunting:
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 8 X 64
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag
- 35 Whelan
- Follow this link for a comprehensive list of suggested calibers
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 roan antelope South Africa.
Average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting roan antelope in South Africa is 100 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Roan antelope hunting prices
The cost of hunting roan antelope South Africa for the 2016, 2017, 2018 hunting seasons was $ 7 500. Due to negotiating better prices with our suppliers, our roan antelope hunting prices 2019 have been drastically reduced to $ 6 500-00.
We have great news: our discounted roan antelope hunting prices on special offer are $ 5 500 for the 2020 hunting season.
Roan hunting ammunition
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.
Only use premium grade ammunition.
Shot placement when hunting roan antelope
On a broadside shot place the shot right on the shoulder, one third of the way from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back in line with the front leg.
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 for a broadside 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 on shot
Aim where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
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Tips for hunting roan antelope
To walk-and-stalk when hunting roan antelope is the traditional way of going about it. Both roan antelope bulls and cows have horns and the one should not be mistaken for the other.
Best time of year for hunting roan antelope 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 roan antelope in South Africa is:
- roan antelope rut roughly during the second week of April till about the second week in May (give or take a few days)
- secondly, from late June to end October when the bush has receded most making visibility easier
We can and do hunt roan antelope from January to December.
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