Where to hunt Black Impala
Black Impala is not a subspecies, but a melanistic colour phase of the Southern Impala. South African game farmers, by selective breeding, developed strains of Impala where almost every animal is black. For those who wish to add this unusual trophy to their collections, some game farms in Namibia and South Africa offer Black Impala hunting.
Black Impala is found only on a limited number of game farms, and is consequently more expensive than Common Impala. The trophy fee for a Black Impala run in the $2,500-$3,000 range. You will have to add daily rates, which would bring the total hunt to about $3,500 or so, unless you want to add a few other species to the trophy list.
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It can be hard for a beginner to calculate a budget for an African hunting adventure. Some of the prices seem too good to be true, others may sound prohibitively expensive. Most outfitters list only “daily rates” and “trophy fees”, sometimes a “package tour”. There’s a long list of things that are “not included” in these costs, and some that are not even mentioned there (like air fare). What are the “other costs” and how much can the total price of the trip come down to?17 Aug 2017 All said and done: What’s the bottom line for an average South African hunt?
When to hunt Black Impala?
Hunting opportunities on game farms exist year round. However, the best time to hunt any species of Impala is the rut, when males fight for dominance, and the biggest and oldest are easy to recognize. The rut takes place in May. The rest of the African winter, June to September, is also a good time for a plains game hunt.
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Like most other antelopes, Black Impala are usually hunted by spot-and-stalk. This is the method preferred by trophy hunters, because after the animal is spotted, the hunter and the PH usually have the time to estimate the trophy quality and make the decision whether the hunter wants this particular animal or not. Black Impala habitat is well suited for a careful approach within a sure rifle shot, but the Impala are social animals, and the hunter must make sure there is no chance of a pass-through bullet hitting another antelope.
Why hunt Black Impala?
We humans are fascinated by the unusual, including melanistic animals. Impala in general is a good quarry for hunters who seek the trophies that are out of the ordinary, because in this species deformed horns often reach record lengths, and a black color, in many a beholder’s eye, adds greatly to Impala’s beauty. South African game farms made an invaluable contribution in preservation of many species, and they are financed only by hunter’s payments. If the images of Black Impala fire up a desire to get this trophy, go ahead and find your adventure on BookYourHunt.com
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