SOUTH AFRICAN BUSHBUCK (Tragelaphus scriptus sylvaticus)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 15” (38.10 cm)*
14” (35.56 cm)**
SCI: 31 points

Track:
1 5/8” (41 mm) x 1” (25 mm)

Average mass:
125 lb (58 kg)

Average shoulder height:
31” (80 cm)

Record:
28¼” (51.43 cm)*
21” (53.34 cm)**
52 ¾ points

Suggested calibers:
.270, any 7 mm or .30 cal.
Bow:
50 lb Compound with fixed broad head

Distribution

Zimbabwe (Limpopo river and tributaries), the Republic of South Africa and Mozambique

Identification

A timid medium-sized antelope. Dark, reddish-brown with white spots on the buttocks, against the legs and also at the base of the neck and against the throat.

Differences between male and female:

The female has no horns. It is smaller and lighter than the male.

Habitat

Prefers riverine forests or other types of dense thickets near perennial water. May move in summer to other thickets near temporary water sources, returning when it becomes dry. Dependent on water and sufficient shelter.

Habits

Usually solitary, now and then seen in pairs, small groups of females, females with their young or small bachelor herds. Stays in riverine forest during the winter when it has a smaller home range than in the wet season. Usually feeds at night or in the early morning and late afternoon. During the day, it rests in thickets. Has keen senses. The male is very brave and will attack even when wounded.

Food

Mainly leaves. Also grass, branches, flowers and fruit.

Vocalization

Grumbles and a loud, hoarse bark as an alarm call.

Breeding

A single young is born at any time throughout the year, after a gestation period of approximately 6 months.

Age

The South African bushbuck has a lifespan of approximately 11 years.