Hunting a Trophy Mountain Reedbuck

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A MATURE MOUNTAIN REEDBUCK RAM HAS AN AVERAGE:

 

SHOULDER HEIGHT: OF 29 INCHES

WEIGHTS: 65 POUNDS

HORN LENGTH: 6 INCHES

 

SCI MINIMUM SCORE OF 11 (length of both horns, circumference of both bases)  

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Mountain Reedbuck is a more demanding game animal to hunt than the other Reedbuck species in Africa. The hunter will find these animals much warier, living on more difficult terrain, and its smaller body size makes it a difficult target. It can often be located and glassed from a comfortable viewpoint, but must usually be stalked in steep terrain once pursued. Hunters can expect shots to be long, with steep gradients at times. To judge the trophy quality of the Mountain Reedbuck one must always look at the size of the neck: a thick and darkened, well set neck is the first sign of a mature animal. The horns are in the shape of hooks, hooking forward with a pulp base. Always look to harvest a male which horns are in line with the tips of the ears or greater. The Eastern Cape region of South Africa is probably the best area in which to hunt these mountain dwellers, where hunters will enjoy great numbers and exciting hunting.

IDENTIFICATION:  Medium-sized antelope with black spots below the ears. The color of the body is grayish with a red sheen and the neck is darker. The points of the ears are rounded. The most obvious feature are their big, white, bushy tails. Only males have horns. 

The Trophy Mountain Reedbuck is hunted in the Limpopo, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State provinces of South Africa. In the Free State Province, we hunt Mountain Reedbuck on horseback.

HABITAT:  Associated with mountainous areas. Dry rocky slopes of mountains and hills with sufficient grass and shelter such as scattered trees and shrubs. Usually avoids open plateaus and peaks. Dependent on water.

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