Hunting vaal rhebok in South Africa

Vaal rhebok scientific name: Pelea capreolus

Hunting Vaal rhebok and gray rhebuck in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.


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Hunting Vaal rhebok in South Africa

Hunting vaal rhebok and hunting gray rhebuck South Africa is hunting for the exact same animal. An interesting fact about Vaal rhebok is South Africa is the only country in the world where vaal rhebok occur naturally. Even within South Africa these animals are highly localized. Contact us for the best vaal rhebok hunting areas and tremendous trophy quality. Vaal rhebok are also commonly referred to as Gray rhebok, or even Gray rhebuck and Grey rhebuck. Whichever suits your specific liking best is the one to use.

It is our opinion that this is the most challenging antelope to hunt of all antelope species in South Africa. This nimble smaller size antelope must

have one of the sharpest sets of eyes known to the antelope society. What the hunter usually sees is a white fluffy tail bobbing in the distance (sometimes even a half mile away).

One of the hunting methods is to have a flask of coffee and some sandwiches while setting yourself up on a good vantage point and being prepared to glass the surrounding mountain sides sometimes for hours on end. Once a small herd of vaal rhebok have been spotted the utmost care should be taken when making any movements. Even the slightest movement will alert these high strung antelope into running away from the hunter, again. Flat shooting calibers are a must on a vaal rhebok hunting trip.

Is it Vaal rhebok, Gray rhebok, Vaal rhebuck OR Gray rhebuck

This has to be somewhat confusing but it’s all in the name.

In the local Afrikaans language, bok refers to antelope. Any antelope. However it specifically does NOT refer to the antelope being a male or female.

The English language (I think) uses the term buck – which in most cases refers to a male deer. In South African English buck refers to an antelope (bok) but not to the sex of the animal.

Vaal refers to a dull color. This in turn refers to the color of the Vaal rhebok which literally translates to: Dull colored rhebok.

Therefore, in South Africa a Vaal rhebok, Gray rhebuck, Vaal rhebuck AND Gray rhebok are all the same animal depending on your preference.

If you are still confused nobody will hold it against you.

Information on Vaal rhebok hunting

Vaal rhebok hunting prices

The cost for vaal rhebok hunting South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 2 550.

Caliber for hunting Vaal rhebok

The best caliber is a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers:

Ammunition for hunting gray rhebuck

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends you use premium grade ammunition only like Barnes TTSX, Sierra and Woodleigh.

Gun scope for hunting vaal rhebok

A very good 3 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient.

Make sure of the following:

  • your new rifle scope must be able to withstand the recoil of your rifle
  • that you can use the scope for multiple hunts elsewhere

Purchase the best scope you can reasonably afford.

Average gray rhebuck shot distance

The average expected shooting distance in South Africa is 200+ yards (possibly up to 350 yards) depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Vaal rhebok shot placement

Broadside shot

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.

Quartering to shot

Bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aim for the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Quartering away

Aim at the same height as for a broadside shot at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs.

Facing on shot

Place the shot in the center of the chest where the throat joins the chest.

Vaal rhebok, Vaal rhebuck, Grey rhebok and Gray rhebuck

Hunting tips

Hunting Vaal rhebok is the most difficult antelope to hunt in South Africa. It has extremely good eyesight and is resident mainly in mountainous open terrain. Hunting Vaal rhebok (also known as Gray rhebuck) is a true test of skill, patience and shooting ability. The open terrain that vaal rhebok inhabit allows it to literally see a potential hunter from a mile off. Hiking high into the mountains and then seeking a possible ambush point is one of the ways to hunt these non-descript animals.

Best time of year to hunt Vaal rhebok

We can and do hunt vaal rhebok from January to December.

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