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Judging Trophies in the Field

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    Here are some parameters used to assist in trophy judgment for Southern African species. 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'



    It would be great value to have the rest of the African species not listed added by some diligent fellow!

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    Ole Bally, thanks for the info.
    Throw the ear lengths into your table and everyone will be set.
    The eye to nose stuff will help all the taxidermists.
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    Good info.

    Just out of curiosity does anyone know what the average base circumference of a mature Nyala bull and a mature Impala ram is?

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    Best person to ask will be an SCI measurer.
    That is a measurement required for both trophies in that system of measurement.
    Hope someone can pipe up here and answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
    Good info.

    Just out of curiosity does anyone know what the average base circumference of a mature Nyala bull and a mature Impala ram is?
    Impala Horn Base: The base circumference of an average Impala ram will measure around 5 to 7 inches - for field judging 6 inches

    Nyala Horn Base: Can someone provide this info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Bally View Post
    Judging Trophies in the Field

    Here are some parameters used to assist in trophy judgment for Southern African species. Only experience and time will make you proficient.

    It would be great value to have the rest of the African species not listed added by some diligent fellow!
    Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us Ole Bally.

    I made an easy to print version...

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    Species SCI Minimum Approximate Horn
    Length / Spread
    Parameter Used to Estimate
    Gemsbok / Oryx 80 36 (Bull) - 38 (Cow) face length = about 15 inches - ear length in relaxed position = about 6 to 7 inches

    Gemsbok / Oryx Bull Horn Base: The base circumference of a good Gemsbok / Oryx bull will measure around 8 to 9 inches - for field judging 8 inches
    Gemsbok / Oryx Cow Horn Base: The base circumference of a good Gemsbok / Oryx cow will measure around 6 to 7 inches - for field judging 6 inches

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    The ear lengths are not always clearly seen! It's easy to judge the horn length if you have something to measure it by! The eye to nose is the easiest to remember!
    Just saying!

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    Ole Bally, I am such a poor stalker that they are always looking at me with ears erect when I get the shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRICKBURN View Post
    Ole Bally, I am such a poor stalker that they are always looking at me with ears erect when I get the shot.
    yuk yuk yuk!!! We nicknamed noisy clients 'kellogs boys'...Snap Crackle and Pop
    You know we valued people like you! How else was one to get an adrenaline rush when Mr Nyati was disturbed and swung around with a 'who said I owe you money' look?!
    By the way a frontal heart shot on Buff was one of my favourites! "Use enough gun" someone clever said!!

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    Some really good advice given here, very helpful material!

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    This is going to help me in my next hunt !

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    Thanks for this information! I realize this is an old post but it is new to me.

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