Hunting Bontebok South Africa

Saved from the brink of extinction, bontebok are now a common South African plains game animal

Hunting Bontebok in South Africa
Scientific Name : Damaliscus Dorcas Dorcas
Weight : 65 kg (m), 55 kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 95 cm (m and f)
Breeding Season : March to May with regional differences
Minimum Calibre : 243

About the Bontebok

The bontebok’s historic habitat was in the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa. Almost extinct in the 1980’s due to cross breeding with its close relative, the blesbok. Hunting bontebok in South Africa is a privilege we owe to the private landowners of the Eastern Cape.

The bontebok is richer in color than its cousin, the blesbok. White is also more prominent on its face, legs and rump.

Judging a Trophy Bontebok

Judging trophy bontebok is a trickier affair than with a blesbok. The horns retain their dark color and don’t typically whiten with age. SCI minimum for a bontebok is 37 inches. Rowland Ward is 14 inches.

Bontebok Hunting Tips

Bontebok is a CITES 1 listed animal and both import and export permits are required to hunt and transport a trophy bontebok. Hunt bontebok much the same way as you would hunt blesbok. Look for purity in their colour, they're known to cross breed with blesbok.

Bontebok Hunting Cost

The cost of hunting a bontebok is $1800 for a trophy bontebok ram.