Hunting springbok in South Africa
Springbok scientific name: Antidorcas marsupialis
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 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.
Information on hunting springbok in South Africa
Caliber for hunting springbok
We recommend the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting springbok in South Africa:
- 6.5 X 55
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM and any comparable calibers
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, you should 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.
Average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting springbok in South Africa is 150 to 200+ yards.
Springbok hunting prices
The cost to hunt springbok in South Africa for the 2019 springbok hunting season is $ 450.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight depending on which weight projectiles have a constant better performance in your specific rifle. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
Shot placement when hunting springbok
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 back. A good indication will be to place the shot in the brown line on the flanks.
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 a broadside shot.
The shot should be placed at the spot where you bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the same height as a broadside shot.
Facing to shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Shot placement diagram for springbok
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.
South African springbok hunting trips 2019