Hunting roan antelope
Hunting roan antelope
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 antelope hunting prices
Roan antelope hunting prices 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 are on special offer for $ 5 500 during the 2020 hunting season.
There are no roan antelope cull hunts available. We still need a tag for hunting roan antelope.
Interesting roan antelope facts
Roan antelope scientific name: Hippotragus equinus
Roan have distinctive white and black facial markings with large, pointed ears. Horns curve up and back.
Bull roan antelope average body weight of 595 lb. (270 kg)
Roan antelope average shoulder height of 55” (1,4 m). Roan antelope cows draw the scale up to 460 lb. (210 kg).
Roan antelope are mainly grazers who prefer medium to tall grass areas in open savanna 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.
Ammunition for hunting roan antelope
We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting roan antelope in South Africa.
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer for hunting roan antelope in South Africa is Barnes TTSX in any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium 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 will possibly survive and you still pay.
Gun scope for hunting roan antelope
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics are certainly superior. However, 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 in South Africa.
We are of the opinion that the best gun scope for hunting roan antelope is the one you have on your rifle. Use it effectively.
Caliber for hunting roan antelope
The best caliber for hunting roan antelope in 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 medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.
We consider the following as the best calibers for hunting roan antelope in South Africa:
308 using a minimum bullet weight of 150 gr
- Federal 150 gr Nosler Partition ammunition at a muzzle velocity of 2 840 feet per second (fps)
- Remington 165 gr AccuTip Boat Tail ammunition at a muzzle velocity of 2 700 fps
- Norma 180 gr Nosler Partition at a muzzle velocity of 2 612 fps
30-06 using a minimum bullet weight of 150 gr
- This is hunting South Africa’s second largest antelope with the world’s best caliber using the world’s best ammunition.
- Barnes TTSX 150 gr at a muzzle velocity of 2 750 feet per second (fps)
- Federal 165 gr Nosler Partition at a muzzle velocity of 2 830 fps
- Norma 180 gr Oryx at a muzzle velocity of 2 700 fps
300 WSM and 300 WM or similar calibers
- Only use premium grade ammunition like Barnes, Nosler Partition, Federal Premium and others. For these two calibers use 150 gr or 165 gr anywhere between 3 150 fps and 3 300 fps.
- Due to the relative high velocity of these two calibers, they are not considered to be bushveld hunting calibers. They do work and they will continue to work. However, if you do have another caliber, please use it. High velocity calibers many times have a deflection from small branches, whereas slower calibers with heavier bullets tend to chug along and still hit the intended target.
375 H&H using the following ammunition:
- Speer 300 gr at 2 550 fps muzzle velocity
- Federal 300 gr Sledgehammer at 2 530 fps muzzle velocity and
- Barnes TSX 300 gr at 2 490 fps muzzle velocity
Hunting roan antelope in South Africa shot placement
A broadside shot on roan antelope: the shot should be placed behind the shoulder in line with the front leg and almost two thirds of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. This will ensure a good lung shot.
A shot right on the shoulder, roughly one third of the way from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back will make a good heart shot.
Aim for the inside of the closer shoulder of the roan antelope, aiming one third of the way from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.
Depending on what caliber you are using a quartering away shot on roan antelope should be avoided due to the size of the animal. Large calibers in the 400 class will lead to best results should the shot have to pass through stomach content.
Place the shot in the center of the chest of the roan antelope where the throat joins the chest.
Hunting roan antelope in South Africa general information
Tips when 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.
Roan antelope 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.
Best time of year for hunting roan antelope 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 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.
Below is one of our roan antelope hunting videos.
Enjoy the thrill of the hunt with us.