Vaal Rhebuck

IDENTIFICATION: Long, thin neck leading up to the head. The head is dominated by larger than usual eyes, big rubber-like black nose and very long pointed upright ears. The body is covered by a grey fur like coat, similar to that of a jack rabbit. Under parts are white in color. Horns: Only the males have spike-like straight black horns that stand upright.

DISTRIBUTION: South Africa and Swaziland.

HABITAT: Rocky mountains, mountain slopes and plateaus with sufficient grass and a few shrubs and trees. Utilizes a more exposed habitat than the Mountain Reedbuck – occur between 1400m and 2500m above sea level. Independent of water.

HABITS: Browser. Forms herds of up to 12 animals. There are solitary males and family groups with territorial males but no bachelor herds. When a young male leaves the group, he remains solitary until he is old enough to establish his own territory. A part of the family group's home range is the territorial male's territory. He advertises this with a variety of displays and ostentations. The Rhebuck grazes with short resting periods and rests for a few hours during the hottest part of the day.

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Vaal Rhebuck are considered by most as the most challenging South African antelope to hunt. This wonderful species occurs on high ground; hunters must be prepared to be patient, walk great distances, and at times make the above average long shot. Not all hunters have this species in their collection and many hunters have often expressed their disappointment of not having hunted this species in their younger years when getting up and down mountains was much easier. The trophy quality of a Vaal Rhebuck is determined by the overall length of the horn. The best indicators are the ears which stand at a height of 6 inches when erected to attention, always look for something an inch or more above the ear. Hunting Vaal Rhebuck is a must to any hunter who wants to experience that much more, who relishes the hardship in the journey, and who enjoys the success of harvesting a good male, while sitting back and enjoying the view while you’re on top of the world.

  • Ave Age of Mature Adults: +/- 5 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Adults: +/- 45 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License
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