IDENTIFICATION: Distinct white blaze on the face. The belly, inner parts of the buttocks and the legs below the knees are white. The male is slightly larger and has thicker horns.
Horns: Both sexes have horns.
DISTRIBUTION: South Africa.
HABITAT: Open grass plains with sufficient water. Bontebuck prefers sweet grassveld but will survive sufficiently on sour areas. Occurs throughout the Cape Provinces of South Africa.
HABITS: Grazer. Grazes in the early morning and late afternoon, resting in shade at the hottest times of the day. Walks in single file between drinking and feeding places. Gregarious: territorial males, female herds and bachelor herds. Territories are maintained by challenging displays, threatening behavior and marking of grass with preorbital glands. Territorial males make use of common dung heaps and sometimes lie down on top of them to rest.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Bontebuck were on the brink of extinction in the early 1900’s but have recovered extremely well due to controlled hunting and exportation of trophies. Bontebuck is the most beautiful in the trio of three, including the Common and White Blesbuck. Bontebuck will cross breed with Blesbuck. Each herd must be certified with Nature Conservation and a Certificate of Purity is to be issued by the same authority. Before being hunted, landowners will issue the hunter with a letter of permission enabling the hunter to harvest a ram from his herd. When judging the trophy quality of Bontebuck it's important to look at the overall length of the horns and the basses, always look for solitary males or bachelor groups, as both are quite common. Bontebuck are a real collector’s trophy, and all hunters interested in hunting Bontebuck should strongly consider full mounting these beautiful animals.
Ave Age of Mature Bulls: +/- 5 Years
Ave Weight of Mature Bulls: +/- 160 Pounds
Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License, TOPS Permit, CITES