Hunting Black Springbuck in Southern Africa

Hunting Black Springbok in Southern Africa
Hunting Black Springbok in Southern Africa

Often mixed in with large herds of common springbok and white springbok, this antelope presents an exciting challenge, even for the most experienced plains game hunter. One of the most common South African antelope species, the black springbok is a wily animal of medium size. It has a distinctive chocolate stripe across its body, which separates the belly from the back. Unlike other springbok species, the black springbok has a very dark belly and back.

Females have long, thin, rimmed horns that sweep backwards, while males have thicker rimmed horns with a bell-shaped curve. The black springbok is distinctive in that the back and belly are both a darker brown color. Due to the distinctive differences between black, white and copper springbok, many hunters opt for one of each during their hunting trips.

The springbok has a plume featuring a scent gland on its back, which opens when it expires, emitting a sweet aroma similar to cotton candy. Sometimes, the plume will open when the male shows off its prowess by leaping stiff-legged into the air.

Springbok can typically be found in South Africa's open plains in arid areas.

 

Unlike other springbok species, the black springbok has a very dark belly and back

 

Black Springbuck Fact Sheet

Scientific Name: Antidorcas Marsupialis
Gestation Period: 5-6 months
Male Weight: 41 kg
Female Weight: 37 kg
Length: 120 - 150 cm
Horn Length: 35 - 50 cm

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Black Springbuck Hunting Considerations

Springbok hunting can be challenging due to the fact that they congregate in large herds, bunching up when they feel threatened. It can be tricky to distinguish one animal from the herd of eyes and ears, especially since both sexes carry horns.

The average shooting distance often exceeds 300 yards, due to the animal's keen eyesight and also due to the smaller frame of the animal. The animals are typically reluctant to welcome an approach they deem threatening, which means that you must be prepared for some walking and even crawling.

Opt for a flat shooting rifle with a minimum of 25 caliber (243, .270, 30-06, 6.5x55, 7mm Rem mag, 308, or 300 Magnums) and a 120 grain bullet that travels approximately 2 600 feet per second. Premium grade ammunition such as Barnes TTSX, Federal Premium and Sierra are all suitable. Due to the long range shots, opt for a scope with 3-9 variable or 6 power.

The name springbok (jumping antelope) comes from the animal's tendency to jump into the air when running. Solitary males, especially, can become wily and hard to hunt.

 

Shot Placement

Correct shot placement is key to a successful black springbok hunt. Due to the challenging nature of the black springbok hunt, it is a good idea to rely on the advice of your professional hunter.

The broadside shot is often prefered, and should be placed directly on the shoulder, in line with the front leg and approximately one-third up from the bottom of the brisket or in the brown line running across the flanks.

A quartering to or quartering away shot must be placed at the point which bisects the angle of the front legs. Aim inside of the nearest shoulder, one third up the brisket.

When faced head-on, place the shot at the bottom of the throat, where it meets the chest.

Hunting Black Springbok in Southern Africa

Black Springbok Placement Shot

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Hunting Black Springbok in Southern Africa

Black Springbok Placement Shot

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