Where to hunt Vaal Rhebuck
Vaal Rhebuck (also known as Grey Rhebuck) are an endemic species found in the high grassy mountainous regions of South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. This species is primarily hunted in the Eastern Cape but is also available in the Western Cape, Free State, Kwazulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa. In the past, the odd package hunt has also been made available in the highlands of the Malolotja National Park in Eswatini, mainly as a fundraising exercise for the Park.
This may not be a commonly hunted species in South Africa. However, the best prices are available from those territory owners where this species occurs which will most likely be in either the Eastern Cape or Free State Provinces. The outfitter’s daily rates for these territories range from $350 - 450 per day and the price tag on the trophy fees start at $985 upwards to just over $2,000.
When to hunt Vaal Rhebuck?
Vaal Rhebuck can be hunted year-round In South Africa. The best months to hunt Vaal Rhebuck are the warmer months when the high altitude temperatures are warmer than the cold winter months. If hunting during the winter months of June to August you may experience high winds and snow so be prepared for some unexpected harsh African hunting conditions.
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Living out on the open grassy mountain slopes these animals are quite easy to spot. They have unbelievably good eyesight and a sixth sense. They are often watching you from a long-distance before you have even seen them. The best is to glass the mountain slopes from a high vantage point or sneak to the crest of a hillside and look over the edge. Nine times out of ten they will be looking back at you and you will then need to plan your stalk very carefully to decrease the shooting distance as much as possible. Wind and snow often play a factor in these hunts making the required long-distance shooting quite difficult.
Why hunt Vaal Rhebuck?
This sought after collectors species is not commonly hunted on your first African safari but is on many hunters wish list for those returning to Africa on a follow-up hunt. Considered by many as the most challenging antelope hunt in South Africa. This hunt should be undertaken in your youthful years as getting up and down the mountains can be quite strenuous. This woolly, well-insulated animal makes a fine-looking full mount display. Shoulder and skull mounts are popular alternatives.
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