Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus)
A fairly inactive antelope standing 180 cm./72” tall at the shoulder, with only the males having horns. Mostly active during early mornings and late afternoons. Look for Waterbuck in dense riverine undergrowth. Waterbuck very rarely wander far from water. During midday Waterbuck can almost always be found un-alert and drowsy at water edges. The dominant bull is 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. One of the bulls stand a high chance to die in the battle – a phenomena most often recorded with this specie. Grazer. Sweat glands excrete musk-like odor which renders the meat unpalatable if the hair touches the meat during slaughtering. Course hair structure. A distinctive white ring of hair on the rump.
Although a thin-skinned animal, adequate penetration is necessary. Wounded animals may survive for days on end. A good shot would be in line with the front leg, one quarter length above the bottom of the chest – the heart protrudes backwards at the bottom of the chest.
Broadside and quartering away shots are advised when the animal is looking away from you.
SCI - 70”
Rowland Ward - 28”
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