Distribution: In South Africa there are two subspecies, the Cape Bushbuck and the Limpopo Bushbuck. The Cape Bushbuck ranges from the coast along the Cape, northwards through Natal, all the way to Mpumalanga, and the Limpopo Bushbuck ranges from Mpumalanga, central Mozambique, the Limpopo Valley, eastern Botswana and Southern Zimbabwe.
Size SH: 1.0m. W: 70kg.
Description: There are as many as 23 subspecies of bushbuck and a lot of controversy regarding the different subspecies. Listed below are the 9 most recognized subspecies:
Harnessed, Abyssinian, Menelik’s, Bor, Somali, Masai, Chobe, Limpopo and Cape.
The smallest of the spiral horn family in Africa, it has short spiraled horns. Generally speaking the further south, the darker bushbuck become. The exception is the Menelik’s Bushbuck (central Ethiopian highlands) that is the darkest of all the bushbuck.
Cape Bushbuck – Dark brown colour with a few spots on the rump and a white dorsal stripe. They have a “white neck collar” and a white patch under the chin and on the insides of the fore legs.
Sex determination: Males carry the horns; females are reddish brown.
Trophy assessment: Anything from 14” and bigger
Shot Placement: Broadside – in the middle of the body straight-up with the front legs.
Frontal – Centre line in the chest.
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