Hunting a Trophy Tsessebe

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A MATURE TSESSEBE BULL HAS AN AVERAGE:

WEIGHT OF 308 POUNDS

SHOULDER HEIGHT OF 40 INCHES

HORN LENGTH OF 13 INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE IS 40 (Length of both horns + circumference of bases)

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Observation is important to accurately distinguish between males and females especially where vegetation obscures penis 'button' or scrotum. Males often have mud caked on their horns and forehead from ground-horning. Not tough but good shot placement is vital as long shots are normally required.

IDENTIFICATION: The unusual, funny-looking Tsessebe lays claim to being one of Africa's fastest antelope. It looks as if somebody got hold of it with a black paintbrush - they are a dark brown colour sporting a black blaze on their muzzle and across the middle of their hind and forelegs. Their rump tends to be a lighter brown colour similar to the hartebeests. Both male and females have short rather unimpressive horns which flare out in a cup shape almost level with their ears.

HUNTED IN: LIMPOPO AND FREE STATE.                

HABITAT: Open savannah woodland with adjacent grassland and surface water.

Hunting a Trophy Tsessebe

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