this my hartebeest,
the ph measured him at 23 and a half inches both sides .
his bell wasn't overly large and the bases had a slight gap between them but he made up for it with his tops .
he was also blind in that left hand eye ,from fighting we guess.....
I didn't relalise at the time but he is a cracker .......
I the Red Hartebeest to be one of the tougher ones to judge. So when at HartzView in 2013, my PH Ockert said to take this one I did. I know his bases are heavy, he was gray around his eyes, the teeth just about completely worn down and that left ear had seen better days.
Nice red hartebeests posted in this thread. Yes, they can be tough to accurately judge. Best to have more than one mature male in vicinity for comparison. At a glance good ones appear to have a lot of head gear and that headgear appears at least as tall as their face is long. Yes, heavy bases and height and rear sweep- all good. Then the wide, somewhat angular appearing hourglass shape is good. All easier said than done of course under field conditions.
Here's another one for comparison. Heavy, with 24" length.
So many different shapes - the upright ones tend to look the longest, but often the ones that sweep back measure longer (if you are hung up on numbers) The one thing that RW and SCI scoring fail to recognize is mass in the horn above the base.
I will throw in a picture of a bull that just squeaks RW - but I've yet to see one that I'd trade him for - the mass in the upper part of the horn is phenomenal - length right at 23 with bases just under 14 and mass right out to the tips
Limpopo SA with Kuche Safaries. Every animal they put me on was an amazing trophy including this Red Hartebeest
Did not get any measurements on him during the hunt so that will have to wait until the taxidermy crate arrives.
This was a long spot and stalk , my PH finally got me within 35 yards and told me to take the shot. After I patted myself down I reluctantly admitted I could not, because I had lost my release! Without a word he CRAWLED back the way we came while I kept eyes on the Hartebeest. After 10-15 minutes my PH returned with my release, handed to me. I made the shot and here he is!
Like many here, have looked at a lot of them while not actively hunting them. But, perfectly happy with the one I did get- pic posted earlier in thread, IMO, need to have two angles to make best judgment. Straight on to judge mass and overall height. Profile to judge length of section that turns back. The more of them you have a chance to look at the easier it becomes to differentiate between so-so and good.
I ran across a message from you a couple of years ago while I was going through old emails. I have arranged a second bison hunt in Nebraska in September 2024, about 6-years after the first, when my supply of bison meat was exhausted. My email is [redacted].