Where to hunt East African Bushbuck
The East African Bushbuck is also known as Masai Bushbuck and is found in the eastern African countries of Kenya and the southernmost areas of Somalia and Ethiopia. Kenya has banned hunting making Tanzania the primary hunting destination in the region. This slightly larger Bushbuck is predominantly brown in colour with spots rather than stripes, however, considerable colour variations within the species is a common occurrence.
Daily rates for a plains game hunt in Tanzania range from $3500 – 4000. In most cases, this excludes numerous other incidentals like conservation and community fees that have not been included in the daily rate prices. Daily rate fees also increase in price if the hunt includes dangerous game species. Trophy East African Bushbuck fees range from $750 – 1200 and keep in mind that this does not include any license fees.
When to hunt East African Bushbuck?
East African Bushbuck may be hunted from 1 July until 31 December in Tanzania. Bushbuck are nocturnal animals that leave the dense undergrowth at night to feed on the forest and riverine margins. The best time to hunt these areas is at dawn and dusk when you are likely to encounter a feeding Bushbuck. They are also a water-dependent species so often drawn to/or found near water during the day.
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If possible, locate a vantage point overlooking the side of a canyon and spend some time glassing the side of a canyon searching for an animal sunning itself in the early morning sunshine. Later in the day you can try a walk and stalk along a riverbank or stream which also makes for good Bushbuck habitat. Move slowly and cautiously trying not to disturb water birds and monkeys which may set off their alarm calls. When standing in the dark shadows Bushbuck blend in so well with their local environment. Pay caution to the wind direction as when scented they will bark like a dog and runoff in search of cover.
Why hunt East African Bushbuck?
Known as Africa’s Whitetail, the smallest of the spiral-horned antelope make for a challenging hunt. Bushbuck come in many stunning colours from virtually jet black to an orange-red, some with spots and some with stripes on their flanks. This makes for some really beautiful shoulder mounts. They may be small but fight well above their weight when wounded so always be alert when following a wounded Bushbuck
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