Hunting Giraffe in South Africa

Giraffe - the tallest mammal on Earth

Hunting Giraffe in South Africa
Giraffe
Characteristics
Scientific Name : Giraffa Camelopordalis
Weight : 1200 kg (m), 800 kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 5m (m), 4.5 m (f)
Breeding Season : Year round
Minimum Calibre : 7mm or .375 depending on shot placement

About Giraffe

Giraffe hunting in South Africa is always a center of debate among non-hunters and even keen hunters when discussing African hunting. Ultimately though, they have few natural predators and breed prolifically in their natural habitat.

Their biggest threat is loss of habitat. Trophy hunting of giraffe places monetary value on their conservation and is an incentive for concessions and landowners to protect their habitat and population.

Giraffe are widespread throughout Africa and feed primarily on Acacia thorn trees at the height of 6 feet and above. As a result, they have few competitors in the animal world for food. Giraffe are gregarious and form large family herds. They feed during the day. Giraffe never lie down and rarely sleep.

Judging a Trophy Giraffe

Both sexes carry horns which are made of bone. The horns are covered with skin on the female and relatively thin on the female. The horns of a giraffe bull are thick and bald on top.

Giraffe Hunting Tips

Spot and stalk is the primary method during a giraffe hunt. The spot part is relatively simple, the stalk part being more complicated. Giraffe have keen eyesight and can see more miles from their high vantage point.

Shot placement on a giraffe is always a choice between two options. Aim for a high neck shot and he’ll drop on the spot, making the job of the skinners easier and resulting in a better giraffe trophy. Aim for a body shot, you must have good knowledge of a giraffe’s anatomy. A giraffe’s vitals lie far forward in the chest cavity, above the shoulder joints.

What is the cost of a Giraffe hunt?

Giraffe hunting prices vary from $2500 to $3500.