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A MATURE RED HARTEBEEST BULL HAS AN AVERAGE:
SHOULDER HEIGHT: OF 48 INCHES
WEIGHS: 350 POUNDS
HORN LENGTH: OF 22 INCHES
SCI MINIMUM SCORE OF 62 INCHES
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: One of the fastest plains game species in Southern Africa. In some areas, Hartebeest can be incredibly weary and very alert when being hunted. When judging the trophy quality of Hartebeest, it's important to look at the size of the boss and the space/gap between the bosses. Often the bosses will be grown closed making skinning very difficult. Mature bulls will stand out in the herd with their shoulder height being much higher than that of the cows and young bulls, at times turning a darker richer colour with age. Look for a heavy boss with very little or no gap between the horns, a good rise into a heart shape before bending straight back or slightly upwards with decent tips.
HABITS: Gregarious; forms herds of up to 20 animals. Big herds, Territorial males, harem herds, bachelor herds and solitary males exist. Harem herds are stable and consist of a territorial male as the leader, young males, females and their offspring. Active in the early mornings and late afternoons; lies in the sun to rest except at midday when it is very hot.
IDENTIFICATION: Glossy reddish-brown. The tail, blaze on the face and the outside of the legs are black. Males and females have horns. KNOWN AS THE HARLEY DAVIDSON ANTELOPE TO SOME HUNTERS
HUNTED IN: Free State , Kalahari and Eastern Cape and also sometimes in the Limpopo area.
HABITAT: Found in semi desert savannah. May occur in open woodland but avoids dense woodland. Prefers open plains such as grasslands, floodplains and strips of areas aroundpans. Hartebeest will take to the mountains and can move with great agility along steep slopes. Independent of water.