Where to hunt Common Springbok
The common springbok is the most widespread subspecies of springbok, the antelope that is one of the symbols of South Africa. It has a unique color, with yellowish back, wide horizontal stripes running along the body, and white underbelly with snow-white hairs reaching high on the sides and the haunch. Color phase variants, including copper, white, and black, are common, and SCI trophy books distinguish also between South African and Cape springbok. Common Springbok hunting is offered by outfitters in Namibia and South Africa.
The price of a Common Springbok hunt varies according to color phase. The regular color phase is typically priced between $350 and $500. A black springbok costs from $500 in South Africa to $1000 in Namibia. The white springbok is priced in the $800-$900 range in South Africa and $1,000-$1,200 in Namibia, and a copper springbok trophy fee is about the same. A combination hunt that includes all color phase variants, known as “springbok slam”, is usually priced in the $5,000-$7,000 range.
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“I beheld the boundless plains, and even the hill sides which stretched away on every side of me, thickly covered, not with" herds," but with " one vast herd" of springboks; far as the eye could strain the landscape was alive with them, until they softened down into a dim red mass of living creatures.” wrote Rouaelyn Gordon-Cumming of the springbok “trek-bokken”, or migration, he witnessed in 1843. How did they hunt springbok back then, and how have things changed since?March 24, 2019 Good Times, Bad Times: Springbok hunting in Gordon-Cumming’s “Five Years in South Africa” and today
When to hunt Common Springbok?
It’s not easy to pinpoint the best times for springbok hunting. In many areas of South Africa hunting opportunities exist year round, and in Namibia from February to November. Springbok is one of the animals that don’t have a specific time for the rut, so this is not a factor either. If you have to pick a few months, that would probably be the end of the dry season.
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Spot-and-stalk is the method of choice for springbok hunting. The hunter and PH cruising the concession, in vehicles or on foot, trying to spot a herd with an animal that will make a suitable trophy, and stalk it when one is found. Both sexes of springbok carry horns, and the females are actually larger than males, so finding the right trophy may not be easy. Fortunately, hunters are accompanied by a PH, who doesn't only notice such details with his trained eye, but also makes sure the hunter takes only clean, careful shots. Connecting with tiny vitals at long ranges typical for springbok hunting can be quite a challenge, so be sure to pack an accurate rifle for a cartridge with a flat trajectory.
Why hunt Common Springbok? All hunts (369)
“As I rode along in the intense and maddening excitement of the chase, I felt a glad feeling of unrestrained freedom” - wrote about springbok hunting Roualeyn Gordon-Cumming, one of the first British hunters in South Africa. It might sound like madness for a modern city dweller now to make a journey to the other side of the world, only to harvest a 50-pound creature with little, lyre-shaped, horns. But most of the hunters who followed the tracks of Gordon-Cumming, although by airplane and 4wd truck rather than sailboat and ox-drawn wagon, will subscribe to his other statement: “I shall ever refer to those times as by far the brightest and happiest of my life”
South Africa NorthWest Plains Game 1x1 South Africa
The hunt will be done in the Northwest province of South Africa, an excellent hunting destination only 90 minutes drive from O R Tambo airport. The area offers all kinds of habitat from mountains, rolling hills, grassland to thick bushveldt. Accomodation is in a comfortable thatched roofed lodge with en suite bathrooms. The lodge has a family atmosphere and hearty South African meals are served. This area is ideal for families and offers numerous tourist activities. You pick the amount of days you want to hunt and the species from our pricelist. Pick any of these dates: February (any dates) March 1-14, March 22-31, April 7-17, September 10-28, October (any dates), November 1-20 Available on all plainsgame. Pay no observer/day fees and bring one observer FREE Includes one day FREE to Pilansberg National Park
Trip duration: 2 - 14 days
Trip available on: 1 January 2019 31 December 2019
"Build Your Own" Safari 1x1 Namibia
The game farm has some of the highest populations for plains game hunting and its variety of African trophy hunting species makes it a paradise for any hunter, with the climate and terrain making it well-adapted to bow hunting. Build your own custom hunting package by selecting the number of days and species you wish to hunt. Hunts are only conducted on foot - fair chase! Please note that shooting from vehicles is not allowed. The game is located while cruising in a 4 X 4 vehicle. A large area can be covered, without losing valuable hunting time walking through dead terrain. Once game has been spotted, the stalk is planned and the vehicle drives off, leaving the hunter and his guide in a suitable position. Walking distance will not exceed 3 miles per day. The PH will bring you in a shooting distance between 80 to 200 yards. "Shooting sticks" (a rest for your rifle in order to ensure a stable position to shoot from) will then be set up. Once the stalk is completed, the vehicle will pick you up. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 5 - 10 days
Trip available on: 1 February 2019 30 November 2019
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