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Hunting, shooting for Impala

Stalking, Bowhunting, Driven big game, Safari, Hunting from a Blind

Athletic and handsome, the Impala is an Antelope renowned for its swift feet and good looks throughout the world.

Centuries of Impala safari stories ensure that this species is one worth pursuing through its wild African territory.

Feeding on grass, fruits, and plant leaves, Impalas need open woodlands for both food and protection and are also found grazing on exposed grassy savannahs.

They have a complicated social system consisting of big, territorial males, bachelor herds and female herds. Breeding season occurs once a year and lasts about three weeks. Impalas become much more mobile during the rut, but also present a shot for many daytime hunters as they are actively eating throughout the day.

Stalking skills need to be matched with patience when on a safari for impala. Their acute eyesight and hearing abilities have them quickly bounding away from danger in their great signature leaps- using flight instead of fight to avoid predators. Impalas can run over 80 km/hr- no match for an anxious shooter ill-prepared for some serious stalking time.

By and large, by bow or rifle, a gorgeous day out glassing and stalking trophy Impala cannot be beat.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Aepyceros melampus

Size: height 70 – 92 cm

Weight: 40 – 76 kg

Lifespan: 12 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Hunting from a blind, Safari, Driven big game, Highseat, Stalking,

Continent(s): Africa - Range from Kenya and Uganda through Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to Botswana and northeastern South Africa