Hunting zebra in Africa
Hunting zebra in Africa
The following applies weather hunting the Burchell’s or the mountain zebra.
Hunting zebra in Africa is hunting for one of the four most popular animals to hunt in Africa. Zebra rugs are the most popular way of having your zebra trophy mounted.
Know that hunting zebra in Africa is far more difficult than a hunter would expect. Zebra have fine-tuned hearing and smelling and have exceptional eyesight. Because zebra are herd animals they are very hard to approach unseen. A shot must be taken as soon as one is presented.
This is the one specie that is incredibly difficult to sex. The sexual organs of the stallion are situated far back on the abdominal area. This makes it almost impossible to observe when the animal is relaxed and not urinating.
The vital organs area is situated low in the chest making it rather easy to wound one of these striped animals. It is legal to hunt zebra with the correct permissions.
Take note of the so-called sergeant stripes formed on the shoulder of a zebra. This is the best indicator as to where the shot should be placed.
The black body stripes extend to below the belly where they end up against the stripes from the opposite side. Common zebra (Burchell’s zebra) have a distinct shadow stripe between the black stripes that are more prominent towards the rump of the animal. They have fewer leg stripes that display less prominent.
The average body weight these animals run the scale up to is approximately 700 lb. (320 kg) with an average shoulder height of approximately 51” (1,3 m).
Zebra mostly deliver their foals during summer time from October to December after a gestation period of 10 – 12 months. Foals suckle for 11 months after which they are weaned.
They are gregarious, living in smaller family groups of between eight and 15 animals. A dominant stallion will defend his harem actively against possible intruders. The stallion will evict younger males as soon as he feels they become a threat to his supremacy.
Common zebra are grazers that prefer savanna- and limited woodlands. They have to use water on a daily basis so are seldom too far from a permanent water source.
Information on hunting zebra in South Africa
Zebra hunting caliber
We recommend the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting zebra in Africa:
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag
- 338 Lapua
- 375 and any comparable calibers
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions.
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 zebra in South Africa.
Average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting Zebra in South Africa is 80 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Why do people hunt zebra
Even though zebra have no trophy value, hunters still like to hunt zebra for the beautiful skin. The skin can be draped over furniture or used as a carpet. Zebra tender loins are utilized in hunting camp with the rest of the meat going to meat processing facilities. It is perfectly legal to hunt zebra.
Zebra hunting prices
Zebra hunting prices in South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 1 650
Ammunition for zebra hunting
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use are Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition for hunting zebra in Africa.
Shot placement when hunting zebra
The shot should be placed in the center of the sergeant stripes.
Quartering to shot
Aim at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Make sure to place the shot at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Facing to shot
Try to place the shot where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Zebra shot placement diagram
Zebra hunting video
Tips for hunting zebra in Africa
Larger zebra herds are more difficult to stalk due to many eyes and ears. Make sure to distinguish between stallions and mares before you squeeze the trigger.
Any sudden movements and not releasing the safety catch under control will attract the attention of any weary zebra. This will result in walking back to camp.
Bow hunting zebra is on the increase and in such a case you can bow hunt a zebra from a hide or blind.
Best time of year to hunt zebra
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 for hunting zebra in Africa is:
- from late May to end October when the bush has receded most making visibility easier
We can and do hunt zebra from January to December.
South African hunting trips in Africa 2019