Hunting Springbuck in Southern Africa

Hunting Springbok in Southern Africa
Hunting Springbok in Southern Africa

Often mixed in with large herds of common springbok, black springbuck, and white springbuck, the Kalahari springbuck presents a unique challenge for even the most experienced South African plains game hunter. The springbuck is one of the most common South African antelopes. Like the other springbok species, the Kalahari springbuck has a distinctive chocolate stripe across its body, which separates the pure white belly from the light brown back.

Females Kalahari springbuck have long, thin, backwards sweeping rimmed horns. Males have thicker horns with a bell-shaped curve and sharp tips. Due to the distinctive differences between black, white, and Kalahari springbuck, many hunters opt to hunt for one of each species on hunting trips with Select Worldwide Hunting Safaris.

The springbuck has a plume on its back, featuring a scent gland which opens up for about two minutes when it dies. The gland emit a sweet aroma that smells a bit like cotton candy. The plume may also open up when the male shows off to the females, leaping stiff-legged into the air.

Kalahari springbuck can typically be found on the open plains in arid areas of South Africa.

 

Due to the distinctive differences between black, white and common springbuck, many hunters opt for one of each during their hunting trips

 

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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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 Springbok in Southern Africa

Kalahari Springbuck Placement Shot

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Hunting Springbok in Southern Africa

Kalahari Springbuck Placement Shot

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