Hunting springbok in South Africa
Hunting springbok in South Africa
Hunting springbok in South Africa is hunting for the more common South African antelope species.
Springbok (common springbok, black springbok, copper springbok and white springbok) are all in the same class and will be discussed as such.
Springbok are gregarious animals that like to bunch up in a herd once they feel threatened. The males (rams) and females (ewes) have small but distinct differences when sexing them for trophy hunting. Springbok only occur naturally in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia making it a rather sought after trophy. When you decide to hunt a springbok you may want to consider hunting a copper springbok, white- and a black springbok as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.
Hunting springbok in South Africa is for the hunter who wishes to hunt the National antelope of South Africa. The name refers to jumping antelope which can be seen when a springbok herd is running and the odd animal jumps / springs into the air.
Springbok scientific name: Antidorcas marsupialis
Springbok occur mainly on the open plains of South Africa and are well established in most Southern parts of the country. Springbok in the Northern parts of the country are adapted to the ticks prevalent in that area and are immune to heart water, a richetsial disease (transferred by ticks) forming a fluid-filled sack around the heart causing heart failure. The net effect is that springbok from the southern parts of the country cannot be introduced to the northern parts without a 100% springbok stock loss There is much use of both the Afrikaans language and English terminology for some animals ending with “bok” or “buck”. Traditionally any animal name that ended on bok was Afrikaans and any animal name ending on buck was English. The difference between springbok and springbuck is the same and the hunter is more than welcome to use either or both.
An interesting feature about springbok is the opening of the plume on its back shortly after it expired. Beautiful pictures are taken when the plume is open and a sweet aroma is secreted from a gland on the back. The aroma can be compared to that of cotton candy. The plume closes after about a minute or two. The only other time the plume is opened is when the animal is pronking or showing the world how good and beautiful it is. When the males pronk they open the plume on their backs, arch, and leap stiff-legged into the air while secreting the sweet smelling odor that none of the ladies can refuse. After the animal expires it usually opens the plume and the sweet smell can be observed.
Springbok hunting prices
Our springbok hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 450.
It occasionally happens we have springbok cull hunts available. This means some travelling either way but we can get it done. Cull springbok go for $ 150 an animal and include non-trophy and female animals. Please note female animals can only be hunted between April and June. If we are hunting on a property where we can cull some animals you are more than welcome to do so. These culls are in addition to your booked hunt and you cannot exchange cull animals for trophy animals in your hunting package.
Ammunition for hunting springbok in South Africa
We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting elephants in South Africa.
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer for hunting elephants in South Africa is Hornady in 500 gr 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 springbok in South Africa
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 springbok in South Africa.
Caliber for hunting springbok in South Africa
The best caliber for hunting springbok 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 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:
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
270 using a minimum bullet weight of 150 gr
- Federal Hi-Shok soft point ammunition traveling at a muzzle velocity of about 2 850 feet per second (fps)
- Winchester Power-Point 150 gr ammunition traveling at a muzzle velocity of 2 850 fps
- Nosler Partition 150 gr ammunition traveling at a muzzle velocity of 2 850 fps
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 the most wanted plains game animal, 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 for springbok.
- 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.
- Hunting springbok in South Africa usually takes place over longer distances. This is where calibers like the 300 Winchester Short Magnum and the 300 Winchester Magnum come to their full potential.
Hunting springbok in South Africa shot placement
A broadside shot on springbok: 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. Alternatively, place the shot right on the shoulder of the springbok about one third of the way between the brisket and the top of the back.
Aim for the inside of the closer shoulder of the springbok. Springbok shot placement with medium bore calibers usually ends well for the hunter.
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 springbok.
This is a very small frame animal. Facing on shots should rather be avoided on shots in excess of 100 yards. Unless you are an expert shooter with the correct equipment.
Hunting springbok in South Africa general information
Hunting springbok in South Africa is hunting for a special antelope. The springbok is the national antelope of South Africa. Some years ago all South African National Sports team members were awarded their Springbok colors if they reached the pinnacle of the specific sports they participated in.
Springbok are small framed animals. They have absolutely delectable meat and make gorgeous trophies. Some males become solitary developing proportionately huge necks. When in a herd, be assured of a challenging hunt!
Enjoy your hunt. Be sure. Be safe.
Tips for hunting springbok in South Africa
To lay an ambush when hunting springbok in South Africa is the traditional way of hunting them. Larger springbok herds can be impossible to stalk due to every member of the springbok herd being alert all of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed.
Prepare for a longer-than-average shot on a smaller frame animal.
Best time of year for hunting springbok in South Africa
Springbok occur mainly in open terrain areas where grass will not always affect a shot. Patches of tall grass will hide springbok momentarily as springbok are prone to moving consistently.
The best time of year to hunt springbok in South Africa is from March until the end of November.
In the Free State the terrain opens up to large open plains and even mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.
We can and do hunt springbok from January to December.
Springbok hunting average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting springbok in South Africa is 150 to 200+ yards.