SOUTH AFRICA: Did Someone Go Hunting With Rance Game Farms In Eastern Cape?

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Anyone been there ? Seen pics of a MONSTER Kudu taken from there. Just curious if anyone has insight into the game, PH, and overall experience.
 
This the monster Kudu?

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Hunting kudu in the Eastern Cape can get tricky. The Eastern Cape Kudu, a sub-species (I think) of the Southern Greater Kudu, is a smaller bodied animal, as a rule, and sometimes, the horns, which are also generally a bit smaller the the Southern, can appear proportionally larger on the smaller bodies animal. A PH with experience with both types of kudu can tell them apart easily. I can't.

Having said that, the picture Brickburn posted seems a monster!
 
Found the pic...not sure if the guy wants his pic on the web so I cropped it out. LOL...promise it is legit. Longest one was 59"

Yes, that is the correct link above and this was taken from one of their two farms.
 
Hunting kudu in the Eastern Cape can get tricky. The Eastern Cape Kudu, a sub-species (I think) of the Southern Greater Kudu, is a smaller bodied animal, as a rule, and sometimes, the horns, which are also generally a bit smaller the the Southern, can appear proportionally larger on the smaller bodies animal. A PH with experience with both types of kudu can tell them apart easily. I can't.

Having said that, the picture Brickburn posted seems a monster!


The home range for the Eastern Cape Kudu is only a small pocket that is quite a bit further east and up the coast a bit. I'm confident there wouldn't be any around this location.
 
The EC in the old days was not know for big kudu, if you got a 52 inch kudu you were lucky. A lot of kudu are being relocated from the North down to the EC, in a hope of improving the lengths of the kudu, this has not helped. It has a lot to do with the minerals in the soil.
 
The home range for the Eastern Cape Kudu is only a small pocket that is quite a bit further east and up the coast a bit. I'm confident there wouldn't be any around this location.

I stand corrected: The Eastern Cape Greater Kudu range is almost right on top of the location of the Rance Safari locations according to the SCI map. I highly doubt the picture above is of a 59" Eastern Cape Greater Kudu though.
 
Here we go again:) EC vs Limpopo Kudu:D I will say again, a Kudu ear is more or less 12 inches long, do the math.
 
Hi, i hunted on johns farm in 2013 and theres some seriously big kudu on the farm, my brother hunted a 56 inch kudu and we saw plenty that were bigger, a friend of mine was over last year and managed a 60 inch kudu, superb place to hunt , all the best Graeme
 
Never hunted or heard of that outfit, if its a High fence farm chances are that the Kudu are imports and are Greater Kudu Your East Cape Greater Kudu for the most part are free range I say for the most part because I seen one get spooked and jump the fence right in to the high fence area. the one you see in my avatar is a Monster in my book 51 1/8 inches free range Eastern Cape Kudu. Good luck on your hunt.
 
I'll be there in June of this year...will post a report then
 
View attachment 40828 I just got back from an Eastern Cape, free range hunt. Here's mine:)
That is an Awesome animal who was you hunting with? The markings are outstanding! Do you have a pic showing the side of the face? Love those spots.
 
I was hunting with Mankazana Safaris. I'll look Bob, and post if i find any photos of
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the side of his face. Here is one of the back. He did have a lot of stripes. Thanks, Kevin
 
I was hunting with Mankazana Safaris. I'll look Bob, and post if i find any photos ofView attachment 40839 the side of his face. Here is one of the back. He did have a lot of stripes. Thanks, Kevin
Great Trophy! What are your plans for the mount? I'd have a hard time cutting a shoulder cape from that kudu after seeing those markings.
 

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