Where to hunt Nile Bushbuck
Nile Bushbuck are found in parts of central and east Africa. They are always found near water and favour thick bush, mountainous terrain and riverine areas. The SCI listed subspecies has a relatively wide distribution occurring from the eastern parts of Congo across to the Southern Sudan and parts of Ethiopia. They may not be hunted in Kenya but are available in Uganda.
Nile Bushbuck prices range from country to country, as well as outfitters. In Uganda, you will pay a trophy fee of approximately $1,950 and daily rates varying from $ 900 – 2,260 per hunter depending on whether you are hunting 1x1 or 2x1. More importantly, what makes the daily rates price range vary so much is the other animals you intend to hunt while on safari. These prices exclude license fees.
When to hunt Nile Bushbuck?
Nile Bushbuck are best hunted in Uganda. This country’s hunting season opens on 1 July and runs until 31 December. The best months for hunting Bushbuck are the drier months although in Uganda rain may be experienced at any time during the course of the year.
Walk and stalk along river banks, streams and gullies are your best-hunting methods. They are easily alerted by waterbird alarm calls, so try to avoid detection from the birds while you move slowly along the river bank glassing the dense bush and reed beds. Being nocturnal, they are best hunted in the early morning and at last light. During the heat of the day will lie up in the thickets and difficult to see in the shadows. Pay caution to the wind direction as when scented they will bark and run off to cover.
Why hunt Nile Bushbuck?
Known as Africa’s Whitetail, they make for an extremely challenging hunt. Colour variations between their distribution areas can be quite noticeable. It is the smallest member of the spiral-horned species making it a most desirable species to add to your spiral horn collection. Easily alerted, it often freezes and you will walk right past it. Its alarm call is a hoarse dog-like bark usually made just before taking off for cover. They make great full and shoulder mounts and for their size should be treated with respect as they can be very dangerous when wounded.
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