SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN REEDBUCK (Redunca fulvorufula fulvorufula)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 6 7/8” (17.47 cm)
SCI: 11 points

Track:
2 ½“ (64 mm) x 1 5/8“ (41 mm)

Average mass:
65 lb (30kg)

Average shoulder height:
30” (75 cm)

Record:
10 ” (25.4 cm)
17 7/8 points

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

Distribution

Southern Botswana, Mozambique (Southern-Eastern) and in the mountainous regions of the Republic of Southern Africa.

Identification

Medium-sized antelope with black spots below the ears. The colour of the body is grayish with a red sheen and the neck is brown. The points of the ears are rounded.

Differences between male and female:

The male is larger and has horns.

Habitat

Associated with mountainous areas. Dry, rocky slopes of mountains and hills with sufficient grass and shelter such as scattered trees and shrubs. Usually avoids open plateau and peaks. Dependent on water.

Habits

Usually forms herds of 3 -6, sometimes up to 30. Territorial males, nursing herds and bachelor herds can be distinguished. Nursing herds are unstable and move over the territories of several males. Grazes when it is cool, even at night and rests during the hottest part of the day in the shade. When alarmed it flies downhill, while the grey Rhebok flees to higher areas.

Food

Mainly grass. Drinks water regularly, especially in dry, warm weather.

Vocalization

A shrill whistle similar to that of the reedbuck.

Breeding

A single young is born at any time of the year – with birthing peaking between December and January – after a gestation period of approximately 8 months.

Age

The lifespan of the Southern mountain reedbuck is approximately 11 years.