Where to hunt Cape Springbok
Cape springbok is a small, graceful antelope, whose annual migrations, known as “trek-bokken”, once made such an impression on European settlers that springbok has become one of the symbols of South Africa. Cape springbok is not a subspecies but a type of springbok that SCI trophy record books have a special entry for. Cape Springbok hunts are offered by outfitters located all over South Africa, mainly in the Eastern Cape province.
The trophy fee for a Cape springbok can be as low as $250, although most outfitters charge between $350 and $500. Cape springbok is often included in various plains game packages, including springbok slam, a combination hunt with an opportunity to harvest all color phase variants. Such hunts are 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?24 Mar 2019 Good Times, Bad Times: Springbok hunting in Gordon-Cumming’s “Five Years in South Africa” and today
When to hunt Cape 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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Springbok are the creatures of open plains, and spot-and-stalk is the method of choice for springbok hunting. Both sexes carry horns, and the springbok have an unusual in the mammal world case of sexual dimorphism, with females larger than males, so it may not be easy to identify a good trophy in a large herds the springbok stick to. Help from the PH is invaluable here. Both the approach across open plains and the shot itself can be quite a challenge, as you’ll have to connect with tiny vitals from a considerable distance. Both your rifle and yourself must be ready for long-range shooting.
Why hunt Cape Springbok?
In the XIX century hunting was often the means to “clear the land” for cattle and farms. Today, the situation is totally opposite. Hunting concessions and game farms often use the land that formerly housed pastures and fields, rewilding it to the ecosystem that existed before European colonization. Some hunters pursue springbok for their meat, which is prized in Africa above all other antelopes’, and others are seeking to collect a “slam” of all color phases of springbok. But one of the major reasons to hunt Africa is “glad feeling of unrestrained freedom”, that, according to Roualeyn Gordon-Cumming, one of the first British hunters in South Africa, one feels every day when out there.
Springbuckslam South Africa
Enjoy a free range springbuck slam Safari with top quality trophies been taken. Animals: Black Springbuck White Springbuck Copper Springbuck Common Springbuck Steenbuck
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Jul 2020 30 Sep 2020
Eastern Cape Plains Game 1x1 South Africa
The surrounding mountains envelop the lodge along the river, giving you a feeling of total remoteness and tranquillity. Our Hunters and Guests enjoy meals that are served either at the barbeque area along the river, or the open barbeque area under the clear African skies or more formally inside next to a log fire. All our Hunting Safaris aim at both exceptional trophy quality and species choice in an environment that is not unduly confined nor contained. We believe the quality of a hunting experience can be gauged primarily by whom it is shared with. Our area is notorious for the Grey Rhebuck, locally known as the Vaal Rhebuck or Vaalribbok in Afrikaans. It is a species of Antelope endemic to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland. The Vaal Rhebuck is perhaps the most challenging South African antelope to hunt, a splendid game animal that is not found in all collections. We have reason to boast about the excellent Vaal Rhebuck trophies taken in our area. This is also Kudu country, our area boasting the highest density of these elusive animals in Africa.
Trip duration: 5 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 30 Nov 2020
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