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Hunting, shooting for Waterbuck

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

Big and meaty are two words commonly used to describe this Antelope species.

Waterbuck are a great quarry if you are looking to beef up on one of Africa's prized animals- the males generally topple 200 kilograms!

Besides their size, males carry a trophy set of coiled horns, curving curiously behind them. Herds of Waterbuck, as their name implies, depend on a close water source at all times. Most likely a result of their heavy muscling, they need to drink more water than most other Antelope species.

Waterbuck will never be far from a watering hole; something to consider on a walk-and-stalk hunt for this game. Wet terrain, bogged with gnarled roots and pools of muddled water may stand in the way of a big trophy waterbuck or thick, unbreakable scrubland to disguise the dark coated species.

Unlike the Sitatunga, they don't possess a fully waterproof coat, although they do secret waterproofing substances from their sweat glands, and will only head into water for protection or to cool off. Waterbuck graze mainly on coarse grasses, brush and trees.

Waterbuck is a challenging hunt with a one-and-done shot absolutely mandatory. It is a big safari game demanding an accurate shot by bow or rifle.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Size: height males 127 cm, females 119 cm

Weight: males 198 – 262 kg, females 161 – 214 kg

Lifespan: 20 years

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

Continent(s): Africa