Judging Trophies in the Field
by AH member Ernie Van Staden (Ole Bally), retired Professional Hunter, ZPHGA Education (Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association), Zimbabwe


Excerpt from a post in the AfricaHunting.com Forum, to read the full thread click here.

(click on thumbnails to view/print the Judging Trophies in the Field guide)



Here are some parameters used to assist in trophy judgment, we give to all the Learner Professional Hunters in Zimbabwe in their study packs to help them judge trophies! Only experience and time will make you proficient.

Species SCI Minimum Approximate Horn
Length / Spread
Parameter Used to Estimate
Buffalo 100 spread 40 between ear tips held out and up = 36"
Bushbuck 31 13 length eye to nose = 6"
Crocodile 9 length eye to nose in inches = length in ft
Duiker 11 4 length eye to nose = 5"
Eland 77 30 length eye to nose = 14"
Elephant 100 circumference at lip of tusk in inches x exposed length in ft
Grysbuck 5 1.5 if you can see them its in!
Hippopotamus 50 big protrusions of tusks under lip behind nostril
Impala 54 23 length eye to nose = 7"
Klipspringer 11 4 height of erect ears = 2.5"
Kudu 121 52 length eye to nose = 10"
Leopard 14 body length over 3' good! Pads 2.5"
Lion 23 body length over 4' good - MANE!
Nyala 63 26 length eye to nose = 8.5"
Oribi 13 5 erect ears = 5"
Reedbuck 34 14 length eye to nose = 8.5"
Sable 100 42 length eye to nose = 12"
Steenbuck 11 4 erect ears = 3.25"
Tsessebe 40 4 length eye to nose = 11"
Warthog 30 12 you'll know him when you see him! Males have 4 warts females 2
Waterbuck 70 27 length eye to nose = 11"
Wildebeest 70 spread 28 width between pointed ears = 26'