Hunting a Trophy Lechwe

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A MATURE LECHWE MALE HAS AN AVERAGE:

 

SHOULDER HEIGHT: OF 39 INCHES

WEIGHT: OF 200 POUNDS

HORN LENGTH: OF 26 INCHES

 

SCI MINIMUM SCORE IS 58 (Length of both horns + circumference of bases)

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Lechwe male is usually of trophy quality at +/- 5 years. The Red Lechwe is an extremely beautiful trophy and do not occur in abundance in South Africa. Numbers are good throughout the Eastern Cape and Free State. When selecting a male to hunt, take note of the spread of the horns backwards and outwards and tips have opened and hooked forward.  Horns will wear down dramatically with age.

IDENTIFICATION: Medium sized antelope. Reddish yellow upper parts and darker on the back than on the flanks and legs. White on the underparts, with a white band running up the front of the neck to the jaw, with characteristic dark markings on the forelegs. The shoulders are distinctly lower than the rump, and body slants forward. The female is smaller than the male and has no horns.

Horns: Only the males have horns.

 Trophy Lechwe are hunted in the Free State, Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa

 HABITAT: Found in or near water on shallow flood plains, along swamps and rivers and well watered grasses. Have also adapted well to open Savannah country.

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