Hunting white springbok in South Africa Mkulu Safaris

Springbok scientific name: Antidorcas marsupialis

Hunting white springbok in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.

 

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Hunting white springbok South Africa

White springbok scientific name: Antidorcas marsupialis

Hunting white springbok in South Africa is hunting for the more uncommon South African antelope species.

White springbok (common springbok, black springbok and copper springbok) are all in the same class and will be discussed as such.

White 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. White springbok only occur naturally in South Africa and Namibia making it a rather sought after trophy. When you decide to hunt a white springbok you may want to consider hunting both a copper- and a black springbok as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.

Hunting white springbok in South Africa is for the hunter who wishes to hunt the National antelope of South Africa. The name springbok refers to jumping antelope which can be observed when a springbok herd is running and the odd animal jumps / springs into the air displaying how nimble they are.

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. Heart water is 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.

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.

Pronking (Afrikaans: Pronk)

An interesting feature about the 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 smell secreted by the gland can be compared to that of candy floss. 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 big 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 their sweet smelling odor that none of the ladies can refuse.

 

Read more on black springbok hunting by following this link.

Want to know more on hunting common springbok follow this link.

Interested in copper springbok hunting then follow this link.

Springbok with open plume

Information on hunting white springbok South Africa

White springbok hunting prices

The white springbok hunting prices South Africa for the 2018 hunting season are available on request.

Caliber for white springbok

We recommend the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting white springbok in South Africa:

  • 243
  • 6.5 X 55
  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM and any comparable calibers
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.

Gun Scope

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 white springbok in South Africa.

Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting white springbok in South Africa is 150 to 200+ yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Shot placement hunting white springbok in South Africa

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. 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.

Quartering away

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 white springbok

Tips for hunting white 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 to hunt white springbok in South Africa

White springbok occur mainly in open terrain areas where grass will not always affect a shot. Patches of tall grass will hide white springbok momentarily as they are prone to moving consistently.

The best time of year to hunt white springbok in South Africa is from February until the end of November.
When hunting white springbok 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 white springbok from January to December.

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