Common Reedbuck Hunting in South Africa

Common reedbuck hunting is often near the water as they are water-dependent, much like the waterbuck. Reedbuck will often not run too far before stopping, giving the hunter an opportunity for a shot.

There are no seasonal restrictions on Common Reedbuck in designated conservancies in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Nick Bowker Hunting offers Common Reedbuck Africa hunting year-round.

Common reedbuck hunting in South Africa.
Common Reedbuck hunting

Table of Contents

  1. Common Reedbuck Hunting Cost
  2. Interesting Facts
  3. Difference between Male and Female
  4. About Common Reedbuck
  5. Common Reedbuck Hunting
  6. Trophy Judgement and Rifle Calibre
Common Reedbuck hunting with Nick Bowker

Common Reedbuck Hunting Cost

A Common Reedbuck will cost around $1600. Common Reedbuck can be added to any package hunt.

The Common Reedbuck trophy hunting package includes a licensed hunting guide and a hunting license, and all permits.

Interesting facts about the Common Reedbuck

Common Reedbuck trophy taken in South Africa
  • There are three known types of reedbuck.
    • Southern or common reedbuck
    • Bohor reedbuck.
  • The lifespan of the reedbuck is between 8 and 15 years.
  • All three of the reedbucks have common features; however, some distinct features separate each. The general color of the reedbuck, in some places of the body, is a reddish-brown color.
Common Reedbuck harvested in 2023.
  • The coat color allows them to camouflage themselves in their habitat, which is almost the same color.
  • The common reedbuck is the largest species but is still a medium-sized antelope. The light-brown or greyish-brown animal has a silky coat and a lighter color on the neck and chest.
Common reedbuck trophy hunting.

The difference between a male and female common reedbuck

Males have horns, while females do not.

Females with out any horns.
Common Reedbuck females

About the Common Reedbuck or Southern Reedbuck

African common reedbuck hunting.


Common reedbuck hunting is larger than mountain reedbuck. It stands 31–35 inches at the shoulder. Females weigh 106 pounds, while males weigh 150 pounds.

It has a distinctive dark line running down the front of each of its forelegs and lowers hind legs, and whitish rings around the eyes. It has a lifespan of 10 years.

The coat is silky and almost woolly. Its coat ranges between light and grayish-brown and may be lighter on the neck and chest.

They have a glandular patch at the base of each earβ€”a white fur covering the underparts and the areas near the lips and chin.

The tail is the white underside and appears short and bushy. Common reedbucks measure an average of 33 inches at the shoulder.

Females lack horns. Males bear forward-curving horns, about 14–18 inches long, with the base having a distinct band of pale, rubbery tissue.

Common reedbuck live in pairs or alone. Sometimes, they form herds consisting of about 20 members.

They live in grass or reed beds in the day’s heat and come out and feed during sunrise and sunset or sometimes even at night.

Information for Common Reedbuck hunting

Old reedbuck are permanently territorial, with territories around 35-60 hectares, and generally live with a single female, preventing contact with rival males.

Females and young males perform an ‘appeasement dance’ for older males.

The dance involves the younger males running around speedily and taking long jumps, with the tail curled up and scented air released from a pocket in the groin at every bounce, making a popping sound.

Predators include big cats, spotted hyenas, Cape hunting dogs, pythons, and crocodiles.

They can camouflage themselves in the grass and reeds due to their coats, which are of a similar color.

If startled, they stand still, then either hide or flee and cautiously look back to ensure the danger is generally gone.

They use vocalizations like a shrill whistle through their nostrils and a clicking noise to alert others about the danger.

Common reedbuck hunting is different from hunting the mountain reedbuck due to the habitat difference.

Shot placement for common reedbuck hunting
Shot placement for common reedbuck

Shot placement must be in the bottom third of the animal directly above the front shoulder. This will ensure a heart or lung shot. Avoid head and neck shots which are high-risk.

Common Reedbuck Hunting in South Africa

South African Common Reedbuck Safari with Nick Bowker.

Your Common Reedbuck trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 37 inches, weigh about 140 pounds, and have a horn length of approximately 12 inches.

The minimum Safari Club International score for a Common Reedbuck is 21. Add the length of each horn and the circumference of the bases to get your SCI score.

Common Reedbuck hunting and the mountain reedbuck and Vaal rhebok make up the reedbuck family shot in South Africa.

The reedbuck slam involves shooting all three reedbuck species. All three reedbuck are available in the Eastern Cape.

They have a distinctive “whistle” when alerted and use it significantly when indicating danger to others.

Common reedbuck are very alert and quick out of cover; reedbuck will never run too far before stopping, often giving the hunter an opportunity for a shot.

Like many African antelope, they lie up in the heat of the day and come out in the later afternoon to graze.

Sometimes confused with the impala or mountain reedbuck, the impala is much redder in color.

The mountain reedbuck is much smaller and a bit grayer in color.

Besides, the habitat is different, for as his name implies, he is predominantly on the mountainsides.

Common reedbuck hunting is conducted near water as they are water-dependent and found where water is abundant.

Common reedbuck will usually be found in pairs but can also be found in larger herds, particularly during the winter months.

Reedbuck is best hunted in the early morning or late afternoon and often in tall grass.

Africa hunting common reedbuck with Nick Bowker.

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber

Your favorite deer rifle will be more than adequate for common reedbuck hunting.

For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle into South Africa, Nick Bowker has 300 Winchester Magnums fitted with suppressors.

Mounted on the rifles are Swarovski Z8 tactical scopes. We have hand-loaded Hornady ELD-X ammunition.

This setup, including ammunition, is available as part of all hunting packages free of charge.

The point of aim should, along with African animals, be straight up the foreleg. This will result in a heart-lung shot, and you will have your trophy.

Always look for a dark black pulp on the base and horns with a good hook for overall length.

The common reedbuck has a very well-set and thick neck and a fantastic mount, especially in conjunction with the other reedbuck species.