Hunting a Trophy Vaal / Grey Rhebuck

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A MATURE VAAL RHEBUCK MALE HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT OF 29 INCHES

WEIGHT OF 40 INCHES

HORN LENGTH OF 6 INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE 18 (length and circumference of both horns) 

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Vaal Rhebuck are considered by most as the most challenging South African antelope to hunt. This wonderful species occurs on high ground. Hunters must be prepared to be patient, walk great distances, and at times make the above average long shot. Not all hunters have this species in their collection and many hunters have often expressed their disappointment of not having hunted this species in their younger years when getting up and down mountains was much easier. The trophy quality of a Vaal Rhebuck is determined by the overall length of the horn. The best indicators are the ears which stand at a height of 6 inches when erected to attention, always look for something an inch or more above the ear. Hunting Vaal Rhebuck is a must for any hunter who wants to experience that much more, who relishes the hardship in the journey, and who enjoys the success of harvesting a good male, while sitting back and enjoying the view while you're on top of the world.

IDENTIFICATION: Long, thin neck leading up to the head. The head is dominated by larger than usual eyes, a big rubber-like black nose and very long pointed upright ears. The body is covered by a grey wool like coat, similar to that of a jack rabbit. Underparts are white in colour. Only the males have spike-like straight black horns that stand upright.

Trophy Vaal / Grey Rhebuck are hunted in the Free State, Western Cape and Eastern Cape

When hunting a Vaal / Grey Rhebuck, they can be found in the rocky mountains, mountain slopes and plateaus with sufficient grass and a few shrubs and trees. Utilizes a more exposed habitat than the Mountain Reedbuck - occur between 1400m and 2500m above sea level. Independent of water.

Hunting a trophy Vaal Rhebuck

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