Hunting a Trophy Eland

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A MATURE ELAND BULL HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT: 67 INCHES
WEIGHS: 1500 - 2000 POUNDS
HORN LENGTH: 33 INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE 77 INCHES (Length of both horns + circumference of bases)


INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The largest of the Spiral Horned family in South Africa. Older mature males can weigh up to one ton and can be very difficult to bring down. Young bulls are lighter in color with longer, thinner horns than older blue/black bulls with their distinctive dewlap, fringe and brimmed down horns. When judging the trophy quality of Eland, it's important to look at the size of the ridge on the boss, the colour of the dewlap and skin leading up to the head from the shoulders. Mature bulls will display a black/darkened fringe on the forehead, with the emphasis not always being the length of the horn but the age of the animal.

IDENTIFICATION: South Africa's largest antelope with a light tan or grey coat. Mature males develop large dewlaps and turn a blue/black color with a distinctive brown or black colored fringe on the forehead. Both sexes have horns.

Eland are hunted in the Limpopo, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and North West provinces of South Africa.

HABITAT: Trophy Eland are very adaptable, found from semi desert shrub to woodlands and moist mountain grassland. Trees and shrubs are important. Independent of water.

Hunting a Trophy Eland

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