Hunting a Trophy Klipspringer

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A MATURE KLIPSRINGER RAM HAS AN AVERAGE:

 

SHOULDER HEIGHT: OF 22 INCHES

WEIGHTS: 40 POUNDS

HORN LENGTH: 4 INCHES

 

SCI MINIMUM SCORE OF 11 (Length of both horns + circumference of bases) 

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Klipspringer forms part of the Tiny 10 family. For any hunter who enjoys the mountains and the challenges that come with mountain hunting, they will find this hunt is a must. The art in hunting these fleet-footed masters of the rocks is to get into glassing positions without being detected. Once in position, take your time to glass all surrounding rocky ridges and outcrops in the area. Once a good male has been spotted, be sure to approach with utmost caution, as any kind of alarm will set the Klipspringer, usually in pairs, off over the next horizon. Hunters can expect shots to be long with steep gradients at times. Hunters must ensure they have a good flat shooting calibre with a solid bullet to damage skin as little as possible.

IDENTIFICATION: The Klipspringer is a small, compact antelope, with a small rounded head with a coat of coarse brittle hair. The legs are sturdy and the animal walks on the tips of its blunt rubbery hoofs. The color is a yellowish gold, sprinkled with gray and black. The coat is made up of hollow fiber hair.The rubber-like hooves are projected vertically enabling it to almost walk on its toes. The hooves have a harder exterior and a softer core, which allows the hooves to almost suck onto the hard surfaces they frequent. Only the males have short, spike-like horns.

Trophy Klispringer are hunted in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape, North West and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa.

Hunting a trophy Klipspringer

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