Hunting sable antelope in Africa

Hunting sable in Africa and sable hunting in South Africa

Scientific name: Hippotragus niger

Best recommended caliber to hunt sable – 30-06, 7 mm (all), 300 WSM, 300 WM and any other comparable caliber

Shot placement when hunting sable – behind the shoulder one third of the way up from the chest. A frontal shot should be placed in the center of the chest where the throat joins the chest.

What is the cost to hunt sable – for the 2013 / 2014 season the cost to hunt sable is subject to exchange rates. We will endeavor to give you one of the most competitive prices available while not sacrificing a great hunt.

Average shooting distance – 100 to 150 yards

Helpful hints and tips when hunting sable – hunting sable, the hunter must bear in mind that both the bulls and the cows have horns and the one should not be mistaken for the other.

What is the best time of year to hunt sable in South Africa on your Africa hunting safari:

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Sable antelope is South Africa’s third largest antelope and is only smaller than the eland and roan. As a general rule hunting pressure is not too big on sable, but that does not imply that they are going to stand still and watch the hunter until the shot goes off. When approached on foot they will almost certainly veer away and keep the hunter guessing. In Zimbabwe sable almost instinctively know where the National Parks are a head there without conviction when threatened.

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Bow hunting information for bowhunting Sable

Best recommended draw weight to bow hunt sable – minimum recommended draw weight for bowhunting sable is 70 lbs or larger.

Shot placement when bow hunting sable – behind the shoulder one third of the way up from the chest.

What is the cost to bow hunt sable – for the 2013 / 2014 season the cost to bow hunt sable is subject to exchange rates. We will endeavor to give you one of the most competitive prices available while not sacrificing a great hunt.

Helpful hints and tips when bow hunting sable – sable can be bow hunted by walk-and-stalk or from a well concealed hide.

On a walk-and-stalk hunt best results will be achieved from an ambush position.

Sable readily come to water points. Solitary bulls frequent water troughs but always be aware of a possible pass-through.

What is the best time of year to bow hunt sable antelope in South Africa during your Africa bow hunting safari:

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Sable antelope description:

This is one of the larger antelope species of Southern Africa. A fully mature bull has a shiny black coat with a contrasting pure white belly and inner thighs. Cows and juveniles usually have a rusty brown coloration on top of the body. 

The black and white facial markings are striking. It has an upright mane on top of the neck that reaches down to the shoulders. The ears are long and narrow.

The Afrikaans name (Afrikaans is a South African language spoken by about 10% of South Africans) for the sable (swartwitpens) directly translates to: “black white belly”. When hunting this majestic animal, the sable is notorious for being vigilant and can contribute to an exciting hunt. Territorial lone bulls are fantastic adversaries.

 

Sable antelope habitat:

Usually associated with dry open savanna bushveld and prefers medium to tall grass.

 

Sable reproduction:

A single calf is born mostly from January – March, but can differ from region to region.

 

General sable facts:

Sable antelope gestation period: 270 days

Sable antelope shoulder height: 54”

Sable antelope average weight: Bulls – 530 lbs – 600 lbs and cows 470 lbs – 510 lbs

Horns: both sable antelope bulls and sable antelope cows have horns

Hunting sable South Africa