Hunting a Trophy Sable

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A MATURE SABLE BULL HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT: OF 54 INCHES

WEIGHS: 550 POUNDS

HORN LENGTH: 38  INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE OF 100 (length of both horns and circumference of bases)

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: A jet black mature Sable bull is without a doubt the most impressive trophy in any African collection. Trophy quality is judged by the color of the skin; always ensure the bull is of jet black color and not a tanned chocolate color, thus indicating immaturity. The bases of the horn must be solid black with dominant ridges following the length of the horn. Look for the climb from the base, the hook backwards and lastly the length of the tips. All in all, every hunter's dream. The #1 African Plains Game trophy.

IDENTIFICATION: A large magnificent antelope with shoulders higher than hindquarters. Sables have a stiff mane running down the top of the neck onto the shoulders. General color varies from jet black to seal brown, depending on age and sex. Facial markings and under parts are white, with both sexes having long sweeping scimitar-like horns. The females are similar to the males, but are paler in color and have smaller straighter horns.

Horns: Both sexes have horns.

HUNTED IN: Limpopo, Free State, Eastern Cape province and Zimbabwe.

HABITAT: Shelter and water are important requirements - seldom found further than 3km from water. Prefers open woodland, grassland with medium to tall grass, open floodplains and can even occur in dense woodland.

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