Greater Kudu - Yearly Horn Growth By Age

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I have no idea what Greater Kudu yearly horn growth is by age but below is my guess. Hopefully, someone that knows will come along and post what it really is on average.

0” 9+yr
1” 8-9yr
3” 7-8yr
5” 6-7yr
8” 5-6yr
 
Maybe this illustration would help. It is from a book called "Wildplaas Bestuur" (Game farm management) by J du P Bothma. (p144 of the Third Edition)
Anyway, kudu horn length cannot be correlated to age, but the shape of the horns does correlate to the age of the kudu. In the picture below, its shows the shape at different ages (in months for those that cannot read Afrikaans), with the last two just stating middle aged to old and old respectively. This would be around 7 years for middle aged and 10 plus for old. Hope this helps.

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Maybe this illustration would help. It is from a book called "Wildplaas Bestuur" (Game farm management) by J du P Bothma. (p144 of the Third Edition)
Anyway, kudu horn length cannot be correlated to age, but the shape of the horns does correlate to the age of the kudu. In the picture below, its shows the shape at different ages (in months for those that cannot read Afrikaans), with the last two just stating middle aged to old and old respectively. This would be around 7 years for middle aged and 10 plus for old. Hope this helps.

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Very interesting. Thanks for posting that!

Clearly we want to hunt for old kudu bulls.

@Just Gina and I have a few Addax on our very small Texas ranch and this chart seems to be at least somewhat accurate to them also! As for pictures of shape anyway;)
 

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