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BUSHBUCK - Tragelaphus scriptus

The slightly-built bushbuck is responsible for many deaths each year throughout Africa due to its aggressive nature and deceiving size. Bushbuck remain solitary throughout much of their lives and it is precisely this secretive nature that make them one of the more challenging antelope species to hunt.

Bushbuck are usually solitary animals living along rivers and in thickets, browsing in the morning and late afternoon and well into the night. They become nocturnal near human settlements and fare remarkably well under most conditions.  

Bushbuck are widespread across Africa and many sub-species have been recorded mostly with very little variation except for color. The most commonly hunted sub-species are Chobe, Limpopo, Cape and East African

hunting tips - the hunt
Bushbuck are best hunted by slowly walking along riverbeds, paths and roads in the early mornings and late evenings, paying particular attention to overhanging bushes. Many people prefer to use a shotgun as the animal is usually startled and bursts away from close quarters. BEWARE when following a wounded animal - extreme care should be taken when following the trail. It is best to have a shotgun in these circumstances.

hunting tips - the calibre
Any medium calibre from .270 Magnum and upwards is sufficient. However, many prefer hunting bushbuck with shotgun and buckshot.


hunting tips - the trophy
The horns are relatively basic to judge as they run straight upwards with a spiral ridge curling from the front of the bases. Generally, a good trophy starts from about 15 inches and extra score is gained from the bases which do vary quite alot. They are a very attractive trophy beast preserved as a full mount.

hunting tips - where
East African Bushbuck - Tanzania
Chobe Bushbuck - Nambia, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Limpopo Bushbuck - South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana
Cape Bushbuck - South Africa
Harnessed Bushbuck - CAR, Cameroon

Chobe Bushbuck - Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Cape Bushbuck

Bushbuck - facts and figures

* Bushbuck are slight elusive antelope best hunted at midday while they rest in the shade on the banks of a river or near a watering hole. Walking along the river banks at dusk is also successful.

* Bushbuck let out a loud startling bark when alarmed - however may give a few seconds for a shot during this time so be ready.

No restrictions apply

SCI minimum scores - Rifle
Cape Bushbuck - 31 "

Chobe Bushbuck - 33 "

Limpopo Bushbuck - 33 "

Melenik & Nile Bushbuck - 29 "