Scientific name. 
Tragelaphus Scriptus. 

 

What is Special about it?

The bushbuck is the smallest member of the spiral horned antelope species and it has some very unique characteristics. Only the male bushbuck has horns, which makes it very easy for you to distinguish between the two sexes. 

 

Recommended Caliber. 
270, 30-06, all 7mm, 308, 300 WSM, 375, 300WM and any other comparable caliber can get the job done. 

Hunting the Bushbuck - Plains game

The best way to hunt the bushbuck is to use the walk and stalk strategy. However, for this to work the hunter must be well camouflaged and be able to walk stealthily and slowly. The Bushbuck has an excellent sense of smell and therefore it is vital that you take into consideration the direction of the wind and not using any perfumes.

 

Hunting Method.
They are very vigilant and will usually run into thick cover, making them very hard to spot once they run. However, they are very dependent on water, which can offer the hunter a great shot from a blind spot. The best time to get out and hunt for the Bushbuck is during late afternoons or early mornings. The recommended shooting distance for this particular animal is between 30 to 60 yards. Even though they might not be the largest of the antelope family, they are very tenacious and high risk when they are wounded. It is best to go after the quartering shot in the heart and lung area. Make sure that you cock the rifle when the animal’s attention is diverted from you. It is not a good runner, but it is a very good swimmer and a very good jumper, it easily jumps over 6 feet high obstacles. 

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Appearance. 
Both the male and female have geometrically shaped white spots in some of the more mobile parts of the body like the tails, ears, legs and neck. They also have another band of white close to the base of the neck. The biggest difference between the two sexes is that males have horns and females do not. Males are also larger and have a darker colored coat than the females.

 

Habitat. 
The bushbuck, as the name implies, likes thick covering and preferably near a water source. Because of this, they will frequently be found in areas such as riverfronts as well as thick bushes and forests. Typically the bushbucks will be found in rain forests, montane forests, bush savannas and also in forest savanna mosaics. 

 

Diet. 
The diet of a bushbuck primarily consists of vegetation. Including shrubs, leguminous herbs, grass, fallen fruits, pods of acacia trees, bark from trees and leaves.

 

Predators. 
Leopards, hunting dogs, cheetahs, crocodiles, hyenas and lions are all predators of the bushbuck. 

 

Life cycle. 
The females have a gestation period 180 days and usually give birth between October and January. After birth the lamb is hidden for about 4 months, after which it is taught how to live on its own. 

Behavior. 
Bushbucks are not considered territorial but are often protective of the area that is being used by a female in heat. After birth, the female cleans its lamb and eats the placenta. It then hides the lamb and visits it frequently to feed it. 

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Animal Facts

Weight
Males: 42 kilograms 
Females: 28 kilograms

 

Shoulder height. 
Males: 79 centimeters
Females: 69 centimeters

 

Habitat. 
The bushbuck prefers thick vegetation and because they are highly dependent on water, they also prefer a place with a riverfront. 

 

Diet. 
Bushbucks survive primarily on water and a great variety of vegetation that includes grass and a variety of fallen fruits.

Predators. 
Leopards, hunting dogs, cheetahs, crocodiles, hyenas and lions are all predators of the bushbuck. 

 

Life cycle. 
The bushbuck can live up to 12 years. 

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