Impala

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) are hunted in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of SouthAfrica. There are hunting packages available from Mkhamba Safaris which includeImpala hunting opportunities.

Description.

These are graceful, pretty antelope, with shiny red coats, and a lighter redcolour flanks , with pure white underparts. They have conspicuous black patchesof hair above their ankles on their hind legs. Only the males have horns,which are lyrate shaped, and are strongly ridged on the bottom two thirds.

Size

The males have an average shoulder height of 90cm and a weight of 55kg.

Habits

This antelope species is common in our region, and are wide spread throughoutSouth Africa. They are found in light open woodlands where there is surfacewater. They occur in small herds of up to 20 animals for most of the year, butin the dry cold months, they form bigger herds of up to 100 animals. Males arevery territorial during the Rut (their mating season). Bachelor herds of malesof various ages are common. These small buck are tremendous jumpers, and when startledthey leap madly in all directions, leaping over bushes and grass clumps, theyappear to float through the air, and can cover distances of over 10 metres in aleap.

The Hunt

Hunting these animals is best done in the early morning or late afternoon, when theyare at their most active. During the heat of the day they will rest up in smallclumps of bush in the shade. Glassing (looking through binoculars) isthe easiest way to locate them, as they stand out well in the early morning sun.They are dependent on water, so a good knowledge of the hunting area, andtheir feeding habits is beneficial to a successful hunt.

Minimum Caliber Rifle Required

They are not tough animals, so a well placed shot from a 270 caliber typerifle will do the job. Very high velocity bullets should be avoided as moreoften shots are taken from close range in the bush.

Minimum Requirements for:

S.C.I. - 54 inches

Roland Ward - 23 5/8 inches

Cites Restrictions

There are NO cites restrictions on the hunting of Impala.