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A MATURE WATERBUCK MALE HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT OF 52 INCHES

WEIGHS 550 POUNDS

HORN LENGTH OF INCHES 27

SCI MINIMUM SCORE: 70 (Length of both horns + circumference of bases)

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Waterbuck is a much sought after trophy for many hunters traveling to Africa, with its impressive horns sweeping back and then hooking forward. Its sheer size makes it the #1 priority on many safaris. An old Waterbuck bull is without a doubt one of the most cunning trophies to hunt. It is very alert with a keen sense of smell and super eyesight. Waterbuck secrete an oily secretion which covers their entire body giving them a musky smell; one can often smell Waterbuck before seeing them at close quarters. Judging the trophy quality of a Waterbuck can be very difficult at times, especially lone bulls. Always keep in mind that a thick heavy darkened neck is the first sign of maturity. Look at the bases and ensure ridges are prominent and rough, not smooth and soft indicating immaturity. The hook in the horns is where the hidden length lies. A good shape with smooth tips is a sign of a good bull and certainly one to consider taking.

IDENTIFICATION: Large greyish-brown antelope with a shaggy coat of coarse, grey hair and impressive horns. The most prominent feature, which no other animal has, is a white ring on the rump encircling the tail - its own bullseye! Only the males have horns.

Waterbuck are hunted in the Limpopo mainly, but waterbuck can also be hunted in the Eastern Cape, Free State, North West and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa

Waterbuck are never far away from water. When hunting a Waterbuck, they can be found in woodland areas along rivers, dry floodplains and in reed beds along marshes. These areas usually have good grass for grazing.

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