The Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) is a large spiraled horned antelope,surprisingly silent, and very well camouflaged when in their natural habitat. Itis this ability that earned them their nickname the "Grey Ghosts" ofthe bush. Both the males and females have uneven stripes running vertically.Males vary in colour from light reddish colour to grey. Females aresimilar in colour, but smaller in stature. The Kudu have very large ears, whichact as radars, channeling sound giving the Kudu very sensitive hearing.
The Kudu male's shoulder height measures up to 1.4m and it weighs up to270kg.
Kudu are found in small groups in a wide variety of habitats with well bushedareas, from flat to steep hilly areas. Bulls will often form a bachelor herdaway from the breeding groups.
Kudu hunting in KwaZulu-Natal, is best achieved by finding a high vantage point,sitting still and glassing (looking with binoculars) the area thoroughly, tospot the herds. Therefore a good pair of binoculars are essential for this hunt.Walk and stalk hunting of these "Grey Ghosts" is a challenge.
Minimum Caliber Rifle Required
Although these magnificent animals have been shot with some of the lightercaliber rifles, in our professional opinion, a rifle in the range of the 30 06is ample for hunting Kudu. One should use heavier bullets at slower velocitiesin the bushveld areas.
Minimum Requirements for:
S.C.I. - 121 inches
Roland Ward - 53 7/8 inches
There are NO cites restrictions on Kudu hunting.