Hunting Waterbuck South Africa

Waterbuck - a truly majestic African plains game species
Hunting Waterbuck in South Africa

Hunting waterbuck in South Africa is a top class experience. They are one the larger antelope and an iconic plains game species. They form small family groups of up to 12 animals, bulls readily form bachelor herds. Waterbuck are bulk feeders and aren’t as selective as most antelope when grazing.

Water dependent, they are in a habit of drinking water everyday but will graze further away from watering when drier conditions persist.

Only the males carry horns. The horns of a trophy waterbuck will hook forward near the tips. Their turn yellowish with age from 5 years old.

When hunting waterbuck, look for a white/yellow horn color when viewing head on. From the side view, horns should have some curve from the mid-point to the tip.

Waterbuck hunting is done by spot and stalk and walk and stalk. A strong musky odor betrays their presence. This musky odor is due to sweat glands found throughout their body.

The secretion serves to waterproof their coat but can also taint the meat if not careful during skinning.

Waterbuck makes for a terrific shoulder or pedestal mount. Their coat is made up of coarse hair of different colors and is quite striking.

Spec Sheet
Scientific Name : Kobus Ellipsipryminus
Weight : 250kg (m), 190kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 1.3 (m), 1m (f)
Breeding Season : Year round
Minimum Calibre : 270