Judging Springbok

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Kalahari 416 that is a monster!!! :wow:Where you got that one - Damaraland?

Thank you for your guestimate Brickburn / Doc and Enysse - you guys are really good...
The length was respectively 44.13 and 43.18 cm on both horns - that makes it - give and take - around a 17 incher.
 

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Correct, Damaraland.
 

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Kalahari 416 that is a monster!!! :wow:Where you got that one - Damaraland?

Thank you for your guestimate Brickburn / Doc and Enysse - you guys are really good...
The length was respectively 44.13 and 43.18 cm on both horns - that makes it - give and take - around a 17 incher.

One way or the other it is an awesome trophy. 17.3 inches on the long horn.
Out by an inch. Typical for my trophy estimation. Just short. :)
 

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Would anybody like to judge this one hunted on our farm last year?

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What a coincidence. I was just about to tell the guy not to worry about judging springbok and just book a hunt with jules of the karoo. That is if he wants a top 10 springbuck lol. After going through your iphone in reno it was a no brainer that im bringing terra to hunt a springbuck with you. Ian wasnt pulling my leg when he said you had the worlds largest springbuck. Why dont you post up the picture of that one u saw that you think will go 18"? That thing was a giant.
 

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Kalahari 416 that is a monster!!! :wow:Where you got that one - Damaraland?

Thank you for your guestimate Brickburn / Doc and Enysse - you guys are really good...
The length was respectively 44.13 and 43.18 cm on both horns - that makes it - give and take - around a 17 incher.

Boy, I thought it was 17 inches, 17.37 inches and 17 inches,
 

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What a coincidence. I was just about to tell the guy not to worry about judging springbok and just book a hunt with jules of the karoo. That is if he wants a top 10 springbuck lol. After going through your iphone in reno it was a no brainer that im bringing terra to hunt a springbuck with you. Ian wasnt pulling my leg when he said you had the worlds largest springbuck. Why dont you post up the picture of that one u saw that you think will go 18"? That thing was a giant.

We have 4 breeding rams which have been measured in excess of 18 inches...these is one or two other ones we think would push 18 inches as well. In the attached image is breeding ram we measured last year... at time of capture he measured just under 18,5 inches... one can clearly see that he has gained at least another half inch since then. At time of measurement he was just over 3 years old...

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Those are some great pictures of awesome springbucks.Do you have any good pic's of any of your colored springbucks.Breeders or ones you already hunted.
 

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Spot on ;) Did you maybe consult SCI online record books? This Springbok was very deceiving...

No, just a good guess.

The one last night, I wanted to say it was 17 inches too, but everyone was guessing low. I thought, I'd over estimate it. Nope 17 was right on.
 
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Those are some great pictures of awesome springbucks.Do you have any good pic's of any of your colored springbucks.Breeders or ones you already hunted.

No 4 Sam Monarch  40 6_8.jpg
No 5 Adrian Meyer 41 7_8 (1).jpg
Other black springbok (7).JPG
Other copper springbok (6).JPG
 
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I now know where to go if I want to hunt huge trophy Springboks :)
 

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The Springbok
Springbok hunting is a thrilling experience as it's one of the fastest animals in the world and a sort after trophy. The Springbok is the national emblem of the Republic of South Africa. The name of this antelope originates from the early Dutch settlers and the word “spring,” which means to jump.

Taxonomy notes:

Antidorcas marsupialis (Zimmerman 1780)

Common names: Springbok (Afrikaans and English), Tshephe (Sotho), Ibhadi (Xhosa), Insephe (Zulu)

There are three subspecies, namely A. m. marsupialis (southern parts); A. m. hofmeyri (Botswana, Namibia and the Northern Cape); and A. m. angolensis (Angola). The main difference between the sub-species is their size. Three natural colours be distinguished: common, white, and black.

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Fig 1: The Springbok.

Description

This medium-sized antelope has long, pointed ears, a long neck, and a slender body. Lyre-shaped black horns,10 – 15-inch-long horns that curve backward, are found both in males and females. The male horns are longer and the neck thicker. Both sexes reach 28 inches at the shoulder with a head-and-body length typically between 47 and 59 inches. The weight for both sexes ranges between 45 and 55 pounds.

The Springbok is characterized by a white face, a dark stripe running from the eyes to the mouth, a light-brown coat marked by a reddish-brown line that runs from the upper foreleg to the buttocks across the flanks, and a white rump flap.


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Fig 2: Growth and size charts

Distribution

The Springbok’s distribution is mainly confined to southern Africa, except for a narrow extension into southwestern Angola, where it inhabits the South West Arid Zone and adjacent dry savannah of south and southwestern Africa.

The largest numbers occur on private game farms, mainly in the High veld of the Free State and Gauteng provinces, as well as the Karoo and Kalahari thornveld of the Western, Eastern, and Northern Cape provinces. The majority of sub-populations held on private land are still within the natural distribution of the species.

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Fig 3: Distribution in South Africa

The Springbok Crest

A unique feature of this lovely antelope is the pocket-like flap of skin on the rump which conceals a white crest. When the Springbok detects danger, it exposes a white ridge of hair by erecting the flap. This warns the rest of the group of imminent danger.

When excited Springbok opens the flap to reveal the crest while running and jumping jubilantly. This unique jumping is called “prancing” and is a sight to behold! Interesting jumping behavior can be observed during and after the rare rainfalls in the Kalahari. It is believed that after rains, particularly in the Kalahari; for the joy of living, the animals jump up and down like bouncing balls, stretching their front and rear legs simultaneously, and bending their heads down

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Fig 4: The Prancing Springbok.

Habitats and Ecology

These antelope are mixed feeders, consuming both browse and grass. They prefer to utilize grass when it is young, but otherwise, browse karroid (semi-desert) vegetation which includes a variety of low shrubs and succulents. Springbok survives on moister they get from the fruits and succulent roots they eat, so they are not reliant on permanent surface water.

Natural enemies are Cheetahs, Leopards, Hyenas, Lions, Wild Dogs, Jackals, and Caracal.


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ig 5: Natural Predators.

Behaviour

Depending on the weather, Springbok can mate all year round. Young are usually born at the start of the rainy season when food is abundant. The gestation period is 5 to 6 months and ends with one baby being born and hidden in the bush or tall grass. The calf weans at about 6 months.


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Fig 6: Mother and lamb


Types of herds

Springbok form 3 types of herds: mixed herds (one dominant male with numerous females and their offspring), nursery herds (females and infants), and bachelor herds (young males). The mixed-sex herds or harems have a roughly 3:1 sex ratio; bachelor individuals are also observed.

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Fig 7: Different types of herds

Hunting Springbok

Hunting springbok can be a challenge due to it's excellent senses and the fact that they are fast sprinters. Stalk carefully, keeping the wind in your favor and get as close as you can. Springbok is shot mainly in the open plains, and stalks can be tricky. Sometimes a longer shot will be required. If you can approach within 250 yards, you are doing well, and best take your shot. The flat-shooters will be the right rifle when hunting springbok.


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Fig 8: Springbok shot placement

The Springbok Trophy

Your Springbok ram trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 28 inches, weigh about 50 pounds, and have a horn length of approximately 12 inches. The Safari Club International Score for a Springbok is 31. The trophy is measured by adding the length of each horn and the circumference of the bases. The trophy quality lies with the width of the bases, the overall length and the curls on the tips of the horns.

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Fig 9: Skull

A great trophy to hunt while on Plains game hunting safari. Springbok is included in nearly all of our hunting packages along with Kudu, Gemsbok, Blesbok, Impala, Warthog, and Mountain Reedbuck.


Hunting the Springbok Slam

With Nick Bowker Hunting you can go for the Springbok slam, which consists of the four color phases the White Springbok, Copper Springbok, and Black Springbok. The color phases are not a separate subspecies.


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Fig 10: The Springbok Slam


References:

Smithers, RHN, 1983. The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion, 1st edn. University of Pretoria, CTP

Book Printers, Cape Town.

Furstenburg, D, 2006. Springbok Antidorcas marsupialis. Game & Hunt

Jerome Philippe, Founder of AfricaHunting.com
 

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Here’s a nice little springbok from my April 2021 Safari. Long shot too, about 240 yards. He scored very well.
 
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