When hunting red hartebeest in South Africa, the best approach is to first glass from high ground. Red hartebeests are usually easily to spot in open country and red hartebeest hunting can be best achieved by setting up an ambush close to approaches to shady resting places. Hunting red hartebeest works best when stalking is done dawn or dusk, when they are most active. Somerby Safaris will take you on the red hartebeest hunt of a lifetime – our hunting areas are extremely diverse and rich with wildlife and our professional hunters have years of experience in hunting red hartebeest. Red hartebeest hunting with Somerby Safaris will take place in the Free State, Kalahari and Eastern Cape and also sometimes in the Limpopo area.
The red hartebeest is a large, reddish-fawn antelope with sloping back and long narrow face. Both sexes have heavily ringed horns. The red hartebeest has an average shoulder height of 48 inches and can weigh up to 350 pounds.
Free State , Kalahari and Eastern Cape and also sometimes in the Limpopo area.
Red hartebeest are found in semi desert savannah and may occur in open woodland, but avoid dense woodland. They prefer open plains such as grasslands, floodplains and strips of areas around pans. Hartebeest will take to the mountains and can move with great agility along steep slopes.
Gregarious; forms herds of up to 20 animals. Big herds, Territorial males, harem herds, bachelor herds and solitary males exist. Harem herds are stable and consist of a territorial male as the leader, young males, females and their offspring. Active in the early mornings and late afternoons; lies in the sun to rest except at midday when it is very hot.
When hunting red hartebeest in South Africa, a rifle with a medium to high-range variable scope and a caliber of .270 to .375 will always do the trick. The optimal caliber for red hartebeest hunting is 308-300 Win Mag.
When hunting red hartebeest, the heart/lung shot is ideal and a well-placed double shot right into the lung area is recommended. Follow the back line of the red hartebeest's front leg up to approximately one-third of the body, and take the shot.
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