Where to hunt Springhare
This animal's name is misleading as it is actually a rodent and not a hare. It is a nocturnal plant eating animal only found in south-eastern Africa. They are huntable throughout their range from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. However, in most cases they are not listed on an outfitters price list so if you specifically want to hunt a Springhare you need to enquire if they are available. BookYourHunt has Springhare hunts listed in South Africa and Botswana.
Other than one plains game ranch hunt available in Botswana all the other BookYourHunt Springhare listed hunts are in South Africa. In South Africa a range of hunts from 3 – 10 days are available with some outfitters specialising in nocturnal hunts. The daily rates range from $280-$450 per day for a 1x1 hunt or $240 per day for a 2x1 hunt. Trophy fees range from $20-150. In Botswana you are required to book a 7-14 day plains game hunt at $300 per day and the trophy fee for a Springhare is $100.
When to hunt Springhare?
Springhares may be hunted year round in South Africa and on ranch hunts in Botswana. The Namibian hunting season is from February 1 to November 30. The best months and time to hunt Springhares is the cooler winter months over the dark moon periods. Springhares must be hunted over the dark moon period as they do not hold in the spotlight if the moon is too bright.
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Springhares are nocturnal and virtually never seen during the day. During the day they live in tunnels and close the entrance holes with soil from the inside. So you need to drive around at night shining a spotlight and only shoot them with a very light calibre. They hop around while foraging and should be only be shot when they stop every now and then, otherwise you are likely to miss.
Why hunt Springhare?
A Springhare looks like a small kangaroo with a rabbit’s head. They are sometimes hunted as a trophy of interest and used in a predator mount display. In certain areas they are classified as vermin and hunted/culled like varmints. Some farmers do not tolerate them as they dig holes in the fields where both domestic and wild animals can break their legs. Even when culled the meat is not wasted as they are a sought after source of protein by farm workers and communities. They make fabulous full mounts showing off their digging claws and hooves on their powerful hind legs.
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