IDENTIFICATION: A large magnificent antelope with shoulders higher than hindquarters. Sables have a stiff mane running down the top of the neck onto the shoulders. General color varies from jet black to seal brown, depending on age and sex. Facial markings and under parts are white, with both sexes having long sweeping scimitar-like horns. The females are similar to the males, but are paler in color and have smaller straighter horns.

Horns: Both sexes have horns.

DISTRIBUTION: Southern Africa, Angola and Tanzania.

HABITAT: Shelter and water are important requirements - seldom found further than 3km from water. Prefers open woodland, grassland with medium to tall grass, open flood plains and can even occur in dense woodland.

HABITS: Primarily a grazer, but will browse extensively during the dry season. Territorial males, nursing herds and bachelor herds exist in herds of 15 – 25 animals. A territorial male defends his area with intimidating displays. Nursing herds with one or more dominant female as leaders move through the territories of males. Young males (3 years) join bachelor herds and remain there until they are 5-6 years old. Grazes early mornings and late afternoons. Drinks several times a day and cannot do without water for extended periods.

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: A jet black mature Sable bull is with out a doubt the most impressive trophy in any African collection. Trophy quality is judged by the color of the skin; always ensure the bull is of jet black color and not a tanned chocolate color, thus indicating immaturity. The basses of the horn must be solid black with dominant ridges following the length of the horn. Look for the climb from the base, the hook backwards and lastly the length of the tips. All in all, every hunters dream, the #1 African Plains Game trophy.

  • Ave Age of Mature Bulls: +/- 8 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Bulls: +/- 500 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License
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