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  • Common Duiker
    smaller that most of the other antelope species You can think of him as modified for life in the savannah woodlands His legs are longer and better developed while his back is less rounded than the forest duikers Unlike most of the other duikers only the male carries horns which stand fairly upright The name duiker is derived from the Dutch duik meaning to dive descriptive of their low scooting style of running The Duiker is mostly a browser and most active during the late afternoon and early evening A solitary antelope he will most often be encountered alone This member of the pygmy antelope clan can survive in close proximity to man he is independent of water as he is able to get sufficient moisture from his browse When hunting Duiker with Witkop Safaris trophy evaluation can be difficult as most often only fleeting glances will be offered Horn tips level with the top of the ears are about 4 inches in length if the horns extend beyond the ear tips by an inch or more you are looking at a fairly high scoring trophy Hunting Duiker with Witkop Safaris can be extremely difficult this mini antelope has extremely refined senses small size camouflaged coloring and a habit of staying in or close to the long grass and thick brush Just about all the hunting calibers from the 223 to the 375 are used to take the Duiker Often a target of opportunity encountered when hunting some other species the rifle that happens to be in hand will become the rifle of choice When hunting Duiker with Witkop Safaris on purpose a shotgun would be an excellent choice as most shots will be taken at short range on a running target Place your shot on the side on target

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  • Steenbok
    Europeans as the name steinbok is the German name for the ibex The Steenbok is the largest of the mini antelope associated with the Little Five These beautiful little antelope occur widely on the open plains not fond of the thick forest mountains or desert regions Only the males carry the very upright horns and they are largely solitary only found with the ewes when in estrus Like many other of the antelope species these little guys are most active during the morning and evening hours and where they are pressured tend to be nocturnal Both rams and ewes can be extremely territorial defending their territory against all comers Juveniles take flight when an adult approaches When hunting Steenbok with Witkop Safaris stalk carefully as your quarry will lie flat in the grass to avoid detection He will only flush at the last moment running away with great speed If you can get your heart jump started after this encounter be ready as the Steenbok is sometimes known to pause for a moment to look back before continuing his flight there s his mistake and there s your shot Mainly a browser the Steenbok will occasionally graze on newly sprouted grass Patience is the key to hunting Steenbok with Witkop Safaris like the other mini antelope his super refined senses relative small size neutral coloring and his tendency to stay hidden make him a real challenge to hunt Often taken during a chance encounter while hunting other game all calibers have been used successfully You will probably be forced to shoot with whatever you have in your hands at the time of the sighting A good scope will be a definite advantage but 4X will be enough as the shot will most likely not be long With a side on

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  • Crocodile
    be extremely dangerous if encountered by chance The Croc is a long living slow growing creature a trophy sized crocodile may be well over 75 years of age Extremely territorial he feeds mostly on fish but will eat just about anything that he can clamp his powerful jaws around Trophy assessment and length are very hard to judge with accuracy An estimate of the distance in inches between the Croc s nostrils and eyes will be a rough estimate of his overall length in feet In the final analysis a really big Croc just looks really big Hard to approach you must try to stalk carefully to within reasonable rifle range of an animal basking on the bank Shot placement must be precise either in the brain or the spine You must anchor the Croc with your first shot as if he is allowed to re enter the water your trophy will be gone forever The 338 to 375 caliber with 250 grain bullets are a sensible choice if the rifle is sufficiently accurate when hunting Crocodile with Witkop Safaris A good scope is essential one of the variables would be a good choice Place your shot midway between the

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  • Eland
    oryx The Cape Eland is Africa s largest antelope He can weigh in at over 2000 pounds The largest of the spiral horned antelope this ox like bovid develops the thick neck hump and dewlap characteristic of the Brahma bull Color is grayish brown with older males developing a bluish grey around the neck Some specimens exhibit faint vertical stripes down the flanks Both bulls cows carry horns the bull s horn s being noticeably shorter but heavier Hunting eland with Witkop Safaris can be a challenge as he tends to be a bit nervous taking flight at the first sign of danger The Eland tends to be found in herds of 8 to 30 animals however very large herds are not uncommon He prefers the open woodlands and the scrubby flat veld where is grazes during the day For his size he is a remarkable jumper easily clearing obstacles in excess of 6 or 7 feet Hunting Eland with Witkop Safaris with the right rifle is of paramount concern While many are taken with lesser rifles the 375 would not be considered over kill The well placed shot is always of concern but a few inches left or right with a lesser caliber may make for a long day of tracking or even the loss of a wounded animal Hunting eland with Witkop Safaris is best done with a quick pointing double rifle if you have one available The 9 3 X 74R is an excellent choice as is the afore mentioned 375 H H with 286 grain or 300 grain bullets consider using solids for back up shots as this big guy will not go down easy Hunting Eland with Witkop Safaris the easy way is by chance encounter while hunting other game hunting Eland trophy bulls with

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  • Fallow Deer
    He can be found in the the wooded areas of the bushveld to the open plains and mountain ranges The Fallow Deer s coat is bright fawn in color and spotted white during the summer months with a white belly Both black and white individuals are common Only the males carry antlers which are palmated above the main beams with a number of points evident along the rear edges The stag sheds his antlers annually during early spring and the new antlers growth is usually complete by October or November The rut occurs during March and April and once mating is complete the stags leave the herd and form bachelor herds Gestation is 210 days Hunting the Fallow Deer with Witkop is done much as you would the white tail of North America He is most active during early morning and late afternoon hours Set up along game trails or near food plots and pastures where he is likely to be found grazing Your favorite deer rifle will be more that adequate in the taking of Fallow Deer Calibers from 270 to the 30 caliber magnums are excellent medicine for the taking of this magnificent beast Use quality soft nose

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  • Giraffe
    beast inhabits a variety of plant habitats from the dry woodlands to the fairly dense low shrubveld Always present will be the thorn trees on which he feeds throughout the year The Giraffe is neither water dependent nor territorial and tends to avoid the very dense bush He feeds on a 6 foot band of browse not accessible to all other animals except the Elephant Browsing mainly during the day they never lie flat on the ground and rarely sleep These gentle giants are docile by nature but will defend themselves if attacked using their front feet Man and the Lion are their only real predators and due to shear size the Lion risks being kicked to death if he chooses to attack When Hunting Giraffe with Witkop Safaris the approach can be very difficult due the terrain in which they are found This animal has exceptionally keen eyesight acute hearing and a very cautious disposition all of that combined with his height definitely give the advantage to him and not the hunter Hunting Giraffe with Witkop Safaris will most often be done by spot and stalk or tracking his very distinctive spoor The Giraffe has thick tough skin and will require the same bullet selection as the Elephant While the faster 7mm s are legal the 9 3mm and 375 H H with good quality solids are the best medicine for any body shot The 40 calibers will be even more effective with good quality soft points being more effective for the brain or spinal shot Shot placement can be tricky hunting Giraffe with Witkop Safari s the heart lies in the center of the chest far forward and above the shoulder joints His lungs are positioned well forward and high in the chest cavity as well The brain

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  • Gemsbuck / Oryx
    more commonly called is a magnificent animal He inhabits the open country and can survive in the harshest of conditions A native of the Kalahari he can go without surface water for months taking moisture from what he eats A gregarious herd animal he is primarily a grazer but will occasionally browse if necessary Extremely aggressive and very dangerous when injured cornered or threatened both sexes carry very long spear like horns The female of the specie tends to be slightly smaller in body however her horns while more slender are most often longer than those of the male The cow s horns tend to curve slightly rearward while the bull s horns are thicker and straighter In accessing the trophy with Witkop Safaris remember that the cow s horns tend to be longer and will often out score the bull when hunting Gemsbok with Witkop Safaris Hunting the Gemsbok with Witkop Safaris requires a good pair of boots as you are apt to cover a lot of country The open country will demand one of the flat shooting rifle and scope combinations Always alert with excellent eyesight hearing and smell your approach will have to be carefully planned This is one of the tough antelope the 270 caliber should be considered the minimum with a good quality 150 grain bullet The 7mm and 30 caliber Magnums are even a better choice Spitzer bullets will work well out in the open country but if your hunt takes to the bush with Witkop Safaris heavy for caliber round nose bullets at modest velocities will bust through the brush without the risk of deflection Beware of that predominant humped shoulder it will try to trick you into shooting too high Follow the back line of the front leg to about one third

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  • Kudu
    the heat of the day Like many of the antelope species this majestic giant tends to form family groups of 6 to 12 individuals mostly cows and calves with the bulls only joining the herd during mating season The Bulls form bachelor herds or become solitary This is a graceful animal in flight extremely athletic he can jump remarkably high for his size In spite of those long horns the bulls can travel at great speeds through the bush by laying their horns low along their backs Hunting Kudu with Witkop Safaris can be extremely challenging as the ghost is very sly extremely elusive with exceptional senses Look for spoor around pans and water holes as he drinks regularly and will never be far from water Because the depth of the curl of individual bull s horns can vary so much trophy assessment can be difficult Horn length s in the low 50 s are fairly common 55 inches and over can be considered a really good trophy and 60 inches and over is exceptional Several methods can prove productive when hunting Kudu with Witkop Safaris Check likely feeding areas in the early morning hours and stalk Ambush likely feeding areas at daybreak as the bulls return to higher ground and cover At midday you can lie in wait on the approaches to water as they are regular drinkers In addition to these techniques consider tracking if the ground permits or try still hunting in thick cover While your favorite deer rifle may be adequate good quality controlled expansion bullets are essential Hunting Kudu with Witkop Safaris with less than 7mm or 270 caliber rifles would not be recommended Not especially tough the larger calibers are not considered necessary however with tongue in cheek I remind you that you can

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