Sable (Hippotragus niger)
A gracious antelope standing 120 cm./48” tall at the shoulder, with both sexes having horns. The cow’s horns are more slender and shorter than the bull’s. Mostly active during early mornings and late afternoons, the animal’s remarkable stature and colouring cannot be mistaken in the African bush. The cow’s hide-colour is reddish brown. Being a grazer, look for Sable in patches of long grass. Sable tends to never be caught un-alert and drowsy. Dominant bulls are always at the back of a herd of between 6 to 20 animals. Males are territorial during winter rutting and drive other bulls away from their harem through horn clashing and fighting.
A rather thick-skinned animal, therefore adequate penetration is necessary. Wounded animals will survive for quite a long period of time. A good shot would be in line with the front leg, a third from the bottom of the chest.
Broadside and quartering away shots are advised when the animal is looking away from you. String-jump has not been recorded.
SCI - 100”
Rowland Ward - 42”
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