Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 25

Vaal Rhebok hunting

This is a discussion on Vaal Rhebok hunting within the Hunting Africa forums, part of the HUNT AFRICA category; I am starting to plan my third trip to South Africa and am looking for information on Vaal Rhebok. I've ...

  1. #1
    Upton O. Good's Avatar
    Upton O. Good is offline AH Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    188

    Member of NRA Life member, Nature Conservancy, Dallas Safari Club

    Hunted Zimbabwe, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Louisiana

    Upton O. Good has no Articles
    View Upton O. Good's Photos

    Default Vaal Rhebok hunting

    I am starting to plan my third trip to South Africa and am looking for information on Vaal Rhebok. I've used the search function and Google and have gained some data on this really interesting animal.

    My issue or question is am I setting myself up with unrealistic expectations? I will be 65 years old at the time of the hunt and while I can walk well, and fairly quickly, on level ground, but hunting steep slopes at higher altitudes might be an issue. I live at 200 ft above sea level and can feel altitude issues starting at about 3,000 asl. I know my ability to move vertically will be an issue of speed, balance and oxygen, my knees are fine. I work out daily (3 mile walks, very fast pace). The outfitter says speed going up hill isn't the issue.

    I would appreciate input on your personal experiences on hunting Vaal rhebok. Is it really like hunting sheep in North America? What was the terrain really like? Did you walk up paths, game trails or was it boulder jumping, shale slides, loose gravel? I want to be reasonably sure I'm within my abilities.

    Thank you for any input you have.

  2. #2
    Bobpuckett's Avatar
    Bobpuckett is offline GOLD SUPPORTER
    Joined
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    3,595

    Member of NAHC Life Member, NRA Life Member,SCI, Buckmasters

    Hunted USA(from Coast to Coast and Alaska), Germany, South Africa, Canada

    Bobpuckett has no Articles
    View Bobpuckett's Photos

    Default

    Upton O. Good it is do-able, I know of a guy that hunted Huntershill Safaris in 2010 he was in his mid 60's and over wieght and couldn't walk all that good at all, but he got a Vaalie. What I would do is give youself plenty of days for hunting make the Vaalie your priority then once you have him go for the other animals that you may want to hunt we did see Vaal Rhebuck within shooting distance from the truck they were young only 6 1/2 or 7 inch horns so I passed on them. Good luck with your planning.
    Enjoy life now -- it has an expiration date.

  3. #3
    Bobpuckett's Avatar
    Bobpuckett is offline GOLD SUPPORTER
    Joined
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    3,595

    Member of NAHC Life Member, NRA Life Member,SCI, Buckmasters

    Hunted USA(from Coast to Coast and Alaska), Germany, South Africa, Canada

    Bobpuckett has no Articles
    View Bobpuckett's Photos

    Default

    one other thing I would suggest is hunting pants with knee pads in them and a light pair of leather gloves for crawling and stalking up to the edge of bluffs and looking over low rises on the ground to glass for Vaalies those dang rocks hurt your knees.
    Enjoy life now -- it has an expiration date.

  4. #4
    Blueduiker's Avatar
    Blueduiker is offline AH Senior Member
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    83

    Member of SCI, Rowland Ward,

    Hunted RSA, Kenya,Zambia, Germany, Austria, USA, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Mozambique

    Blueduiker has no Articles
    View Blueduiker's Photos

    Default

    We have hunted them for many years in the Moordernaars Karroo region of the Western Cape ( about 3 hours from Cape Town). The tip with the knee-pads is a good one, the entire Karoo is rocky, has thorns and loose shale. Regarding mountains, its not too bad and I wouldn't compare it to Sheep hunting in the US ( though in the Natal I believe Rhebok are hunted near the Drakensberg and it can get upto 500ft. Down here int he Cape its not so bad. In the mornings you often find Vaalies on lower ground. I know an absolute expert on Vaalies, a farmer and P.H in the Laingsburg area ( he has taken a few over 9"). If you need a good one, let me know and I will put you onto him. YOu would probably need 5 days of hunting. Attached some pics from the last few years:
    Attachment 11972
    Attachment 11973
    Attachment 11974
    Attachment 11975
    Attachment 11976
    Attachment 11977
    I have added a few pic of the terrain too, to give you an idea. It is also a great opportunity to hunt Klipspringer, as they too are common in this area.

  5. #5
    Blueduiker's Avatar
    Blueduiker is offline AH Senior Member
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    83

    Member of SCI, Rowland Ward,

    Hunted RSA, Kenya,Zambia, Germany, Austria, USA, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Mozambique

    Blueduiker has no Articles
    View Blueduiker's Photos

  6. #6
    Blueduiker's Avatar
    Blueduiker is offline AH Senior Member
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    83

    Member of SCI, Rowland Ward,

    Hunted RSA, Kenya,Zambia, Germany, Austria, USA, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, Mozambique

    Blueduiker has no Articles
    View Blueduiker's Photos

    Default

    PS: Regarding your condition, as long as you can walk at a steady pace for a few hours on rocky ground, with inclines and declines and can shoot accurately out to 300m, you should not have any problem. I have scouted for sheep in the US, hunted Ibex in Asia and Chamois in Austria...vaalie hunting is NOTHING like that. Far less strenuous on the body and you wont be hunting much over 3500ft in the Karoo region, if that high at all. Shooting from a bi-pod is good, so practicing with one if you are not familiar with shooting from one would be advisable.

  7. #7
    Safari Afrika's Avatar
    Safari Afrika is online now AH Enthusiast
    Joined
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    314

    Member of PHASA - RMEF

    Hunted South Africa - Botswana - Zimbabwe - USA - Namibia

    Default

    If you are patient enough and do not rush it anything is possible ! I had a client shoot one with a double 9.3x 74R ! It is definately one of the tougher trophies to get because of limited distribution and habitat ! Anything is possible ! Goo
    d luck on your quest ! They are definately a prize trophy !
    Richard Lemmer - Safari Afrika - Accept the Challenge !
    www.safariafrika.net
    richard@safariafrika.net
    Skype : safari.afrika

  8. #8
    BRICKBURN's Avatar
    BRICKBURN is online now SUPER MODERATOR
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,276

    Member of KZN Hunters Assoc

    Hunted Namibia (Otavi, Ozondjache) South Africa ( LP, KZN, NC, EC) Botswana (Ghanzi) Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Ont, PQ, NS) USA (MT, WA, SD, CA, CO, WY, KS, MN, NC, VG, UT, HI)

    BRICKBURN has no Articles
    View BRICKBURN's Photos

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Blueduiker View Post
    We have hunted them for many years in the Moordernaars Karroo region of the Western Cape ( about 3 hours from Cape Town). The tip with the knee-pads is a good one, the entire Karoo is rocky, has thorns and loose shale. Regarding mountains, its not too bad and I wouldn't compare it to Sheep hunting in the US ( though in the Natal I believe Rhebok are hunted near the Drakensberg and it can get upto 500ft. Down here int he Cape its not so bad. In the mornings you often find Vaalies on lower ground. I know an absolute expert on Vaalies, a farmer and P.H in the Laingsburg area ( he has taken a few over 9"). If you need a good one, let me know and I will put you onto him. YOu would probably need 5 days of hunting. Attached some pics from the last few years:
    Attachment 11972
    Attachment 11973
    Attachment 11974
    Attachment 11975
    Attachment 11976
    Attachment 11977
    I have added a few pic of the terrain too, to give you an idea. It is also a great opportunity to hunt Klipspringer, as they too are common in this area.
    Can't see the attachments. Would love to. 9" plus, wow. Love to see these pictures.
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

  9. #9
    Diamondhitch's Avatar
    Diamondhitch is offline AH Legend
    Joined
    May 2011
    Posts
    2,309

    Member of SCI

    Hunted Canada (AB, SK, NWT, BC) USA (NM, TX) South Africa (Limpopo, KZN, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northen Cape), Kyrgyzstan

    Diamondhitch has no Articles
    View Diamondhitch's Photos

    Default

    The oldest hunter I know of killing a Dahl sheep with the outfitter I used to work for was 88 years old. He took his time, knew his limits and had no ego about staying within them.Perseverance won out for him and he killed a real nice ram. You will have no problem with the climbing as long as you emulate his attitude and determination.

    My Vaalie this year was killed at the bottom of the mountain on a winter wheat feild as was the one killed by the previous client (a freind of sestoppleman). This is possible if you are patient and a bit lucky. His is pictured here

    Trophy Gallery

    and mine is here

    http://www.africahunting.com/south-a...t-safaris.html
    The journey is the reward.

  10. #10
    BRICKBURN's Avatar
    BRICKBURN is online now SUPER MODERATOR
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,276

    Member of KZN Hunters Assoc

    Hunted Namibia (Otavi, Ozondjache) South Africa ( LP, KZN, NC, EC) Botswana (Ghanzi) Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Ont, PQ, NS) USA (MT, WA, SD, CA, CO, WY, KS, MN, NC, VG, UT, HI)

    BRICKBURN has no Articles
    View BRICKBURN's Photos

    Default

    Hang around this da*n place long enough you start seeing these previously under the radar trophies in a new light.

    Now you guys have me looking at these hill climbers!
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

  11. #11
    Diamondhitch's Avatar
    Diamondhitch is offline AH Legend
    Joined
    May 2011
    Posts
    2,309

    Member of SCI

    Hunted Canada (AB, SK, NWT, BC) USA (NM, TX) South Africa (Limpopo, KZN, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northen Cape), Kyrgyzstan

    Diamondhitch has no Articles
    View Diamondhitch's Photos

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BRICKBURN View Post
    Hang around this da*n place long enough you start seeing these previously under the radar trophies in a new light.

    Now you guys have me looking at these hill climbers!
    LOL yet another reason to go back! You might as well add Oribi to your list too, they are tough and unique as well. You havent even scratched the surface of the unique critters that slip past under the radar!
    The journey is the reward.

  12. #12
    Buff-Buster's Avatar
    Buff-Buster is online now AH Elite
    Joined
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,031

    Member of Houston Safari Club, Gulf Coast SCI, SCI International. Rowland Ward, NRA, RMEF, Nort American Hunting Club - Life Member, Texas Trophy Hunters

    Hunted Mozambique, South Africa, (Kwa-Zulu Natal & East Cape), Zimbabwe (Charisa & West Nicholson), U.S.(Texas, New Mexico, LA, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Wyoming & Montana), Canada (Alberta) & Argentina (Cordoba)

    Default

    Your right about that Brickburn...My first trip to the EC in 04', I had opportunities for steenbuck, mountain reedbuck and Vaalie. Like a dumbass, I looked the other way. Was only interested in the "big stuff"! Andrew, my PH told me I would regret it one day. Boy was he right.......Then again, that another excuse to go back.

  13. #13
    BRICKBURN's Avatar
    BRICKBURN is online now SUPER MODERATOR
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,276

    Member of KZN Hunters Assoc

    Hunted Namibia (Otavi, Ozondjache) South Africa ( LP, KZN, NC, EC) Botswana (Ghanzi) Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Ont, PQ, NS) USA (MT, WA, SD, CA, CO, WY, KS, MN, NC, VG, UT, HI)

    BRICKBURN has no Articles
    View BRICKBURN's Photos

    Default

    See, you guys are going to make me go down into the EC and go hunting.
    Andries talking about monster Steenbok walking around in open cattle paddocks, Diamond talking about Vaalies walking into winter wheat. AAAAHHH!
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

  14. #14
    Diamondhitch's Avatar
    Diamondhitch is offline AH Legend
    Joined
    May 2011
    Posts
    2,309

    Member of SCI

    Hunted Canada (AB, SK, NWT, BC) USA (NM, TX) South Africa (Limpopo, KZN, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northen Cape), Kyrgyzstan

    Diamondhitch has no Articles
    View Diamondhitch's Photos

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by BRICKBURN View Post
    See, you guys are going to make me go down into the EC and go hunting.
    Andries talking about monster Steenbok walking around in open cattle paddocks, Diamond talking about Vaalies walking into winter wheat. AAAAHHH!
    If it makes you feel any better I can also talk about monster Steinbok in the winter wheat.
    The journey is the reward.

  15. #15
    BRICKBURN's Avatar
    BRICKBURN is online now SUPER MODERATOR
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,276

    Member of KZN Hunters Assoc

    Hunted Namibia (Otavi, Ozondjache) South Africa ( LP, KZN, NC, EC) Botswana (Ghanzi) Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Ont, PQ, NS) USA (MT, WA, SD, CA, CO, WY, KS, MN, NC, VG, UT, HI)

    BRICKBURN has no Articles
    View BRICKBURN's Photos

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
    If it makes you feel any better I can also talk about monster Steinbok in the winter wheat.
    Thanks.
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

  16. #16
    Terry Blauwkamp's Avatar
    Terry Blauwkamp is offline CONTRIBUTORS
    Joined
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    51

    Member of SCI, Dallas Safari Club, NRA

    Hunted Zimbabwe, Nambia, & South Africa

    Default

    It sounds like it is quite do-able, but when finished, you will most likely say it is the most difficult hunt in SA.
    Terry Blauwkamp

    If I can be of any help, feel free to email me or call me weekdays at 616-896-6500.

  17. #17
    Upton O. Good's Avatar
    Upton O. Good is offline AH Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    188

    Member of NRA Life member, Nature Conservancy, Dallas Safari Club

    Hunted Zimbabwe, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Louisiana

    Upton O. Good has no Articles
    View Upton O. Good's Photos

    Default

    So my third hunt to S.A. will target these trophies:

    Vaal rhebok
    Klipspringer
    Mountain reedbok
    warthog
    and perhaps another bushbuck.

    And, of course, geese.

    Thanks for all of the input. Now the problem is to have the patience to wait 11 months. I'll spend the time practicing on the rifle range and researching my primary desired trophies.

  18. #18
    Diamondhitch's Avatar
    Diamondhitch is offline AH Legend
    Joined
    May 2011
    Posts
    2,309

    Member of SCI

    Hunted Canada (AB, SK, NWT, BC) USA (NM, TX) South Africa (Limpopo, KZN, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northen Cape), Kyrgyzstan

    Diamondhitch has no Articles
    View Diamondhitch's Photos

    Default

    Sounds like a great hunt. Where are you planning on going and who with?
    Just to be prepared you should hit the stairs as much as possible between now and then, walking stairs works the same muscles as climbing unlike jogging or walking on level ground.

    Good luck.
    The journey is the reward.

  19. #19
    BRICKBURN's Avatar
    BRICKBURN is online now SUPER MODERATOR
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,276

    Member of KZN Hunters Assoc

    Hunted Namibia (Otavi, Ozondjache) South Africa ( LP, KZN, NC, EC) Botswana (Ghanzi) Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Ont, PQ, NS) USA (MT, WA, SD, CA, CO, WY, KS, MN, NC, VG, UT, HI)

    BRICKBURN has no Articles
    View BRICKBURN's Photos

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
    Where are you planning on going and who with?
    ............
    My query exactly and (if I might be so bold as to ask)

    ...... here comes the stair machine.
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

  20. #20
    SA Hunting Outfitters's Avatar
    SA Hunting Outfitters is offline AH Senior Member
    Joined
    May 2012
    Posts
    58

    Member of SCI, PHASA, CHASA, KZN Hunting and Conservation Association, African Bowhunters Association.

    Hunted South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Swaziland.

    SA Hunting Outfitters has no Articles
    View SA Hunting Outfitters's Photos

    Default

    Uppies...

    i think you most definately should consider adding Red Duiker and Suni to your wish list....

    slowly collect your Tiny 10, much more difficult and more hard work than the big 5 or dangerous 6
    Anton Davidson(PH)
    FAX : + 27 31 562 833 2 MOBILE : + 27 83 303 666 0
    Email : anton@davidsons.co.za
    WEB : sahuntingoutfitters.com

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. SOUTH AFRICA: KMG Safaris - vaal rhebuck and oribi hunt
    By huntsolo101 in forum Hunting Reports & Reviews
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 02-07-2013, 08:28 PM
  2. Eastern Cape Hunting 2013 - Vaal Rhebuck,Mtn Reedbuck, Blk Springbok
    By KMG Hunting Safaris in forum GREAT DEALS on Hunts Worldwide
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-07-2012, 07:50 AM
  3. Free Range Vaal Rhebuck & Mountain Reedbuck hunt available - July 2013
    By CT Safaris in forum GREAT DEALS on Hunts Worldwide
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-16-2012, 09:49 AM
  4. Double Birthday Present... and a great Vaal Rhebuck!
    By CT Safaris in forum Hunting Africa
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-22-2012, 03:07 PM
  5. Hunting Vaal Rhebok
    By seattlesetters in forum Hunting Africa
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 07-20-2011, 11:49 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •