Mountain Reedbuck Hunting

Mountain Reedbuck hunting is a more demanding game animal to hunt than the other reedbuck species in Africa. The hunter will find these animals more challenging to hunt because they are a much more wary antelope, inhabitants of a more difficult terrain, and smaller body size makes it a difficult target.

Shot placement for Mountain Reedbuck

Table of Contents

  1. Mountain Reedbuck Hunting Cost
  2. Interesting Facts
  3. Difference between Male and Female
  4. About Mountain Reedbuck
  5. Mountain Reedbuck Hunting in South Africa
  6. Trophy Judgement and Rifle Calibre

Mountain Reedbuck Hunting Cost

The average cost of a Mountain Reedbuck is $350. A plains game package hunt can include a Mountain Reedbuck.

The Reedbuck Slam is also an excellent addition to any package and includes the common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, and grey rhebok.

  • $350 Mountain Reedbuck Trophy Cost
  • $1350 Common Reedbuck Trophy Cost 
  • $1600 Grey Rhebok Trophy Cost 

All-Inclusive $4500 Starter Plains Game Package for 7 trophies and 8 days hunting. (Inclusive of a Mountain Reedbuck Trophy)

  • Kudu
  • Impala
  • Wildebeest
  • Springbok
  • Blesbok
  • Warthog
  • Mountain Reedbuck
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Trophy shot in the Eastern cape South Africa with Nick Bowker Hunting
Mountain Reedbuck hunting in South Africa

The Mountain Reedbuck in Pictures

The mountain reedbuck names in local languages in Africa
Mountain Reedbuck distribution in Africa.
Mountain reedbuck herd behaviour.
Mountain reedbuck hunting and shot placement.
Mountain reedbuck predators in South Africa.
Mountain reedbuck size and growth chart.
Mountain reedbuck activity and movements.
Mountain Reedbuck feeding activity
Mountain reedbuck horn size and comparison to the common reedbuck.
Spotting and stalking.

Interesting facts

  • Mountain reedbuck are active throughout the day and night, showing the most activity around dawn and dusk and frequently rest when temperatures are high.
  • Although the species is social (usually females are found in small herds), groups are not stable: individuals may switch groups regularly. Females occupy home ranges of around half a mile, which overlap several smaller male territories.
  • The male use of body posturing and vocalizations is to maintain boundaries between neighboring males.
  • Females prefer territories with steep slopes to enable them to escape from predators, irrespective of the presence of food or water. As a rule, population densities are 5-9 animals per half a mile in South Africa.
  • Males are solitary and territorial but associate with females as they pass through their territory. Immature males live in small bachelor groups.
Trophy taken with Nick Bowker
  • Where conditions are favorable, breeding occurs year-round. Whereas in South Africa regions with harsh winters, most births happen in the austral summer (mostly November).
  • Lambs are tucked away in dense vegetation by their mothers for at least one month, where the mother will visit them to nurse.
  • One lamb is born after a gestation period of approximately eight months a Weaning occurs after about a year.
  • Females reach sexual maturity as early as 9-12 months, though they are not fully mature until 18-24 months.
  • Males reach full maturity at 27 months of age.
  • Mountain Reedbuck hunting is very different from the common reedbuck due to the habitat difference.
Trophy taken in the eastern Cape South Africa

Difference between a male and female

Mountain Reedbuck males have horns while females do not. In this case, two females are pictured below with a young male.

Mountain reedbuck male or ram. The males have horns while the females do not.
Mountain reedbuck male or ram
Young male with two females
Young male reedbuck with two females

About Mountain Reedbuck

The mountain reedbuck averages 30 inches at the shoulder and weighs around 65 pounds. It has a gray coat with a white underbelly and a reddish-brown head and shoulders.

The male has ridged horns of about 6 inches, which curve forwards. Both the male and the female have a dark scent patch beneath the ears.

Mountain Reedbuck trophy hunting

The ears’ points are rounded, and the most noticeable feature is their big, white, bushy tails.

A typical group is several adult females and juveniles and one nomad male. Adolescent males are forced out of their herds and form small bachelor herds.

Mountain Reedbuck hunting is hugely underrated.

Mountain Reedbuck part of an African hunting package

Mountain Reedbuck Hunting in South Africa

Shoulder mount for a common and mountain reedbuck.
Shoulder mount for a common and mountain reedbuck

Your mountain reedbuck trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 29 inches, weigh about 65 pounds, and have a Horn Length of approximately 5 inches.

The minimum Safari Club International score for a mountain reedbuck is 11. Add the length of each horn and the circumference of the bases to get your score SCI score.

Mountain Reedbuck hunting can be a difficult animal to hunt than the other Reedbuck species in Africa. However, the Bedford area’s population density is unusual and makes life a lot easier than in other parts of the country.

As a result, the hunter will find these animals much warier and living on more challenging terrain. Also, its smaller body size makes it a difficult target.

Mountain Reedbuck shot in South Africa.

The mountain reedbuck is spotted and stalked from high points such as steep slopes and canyons’ entrance. Stalks are quite often long, and a good pair of boots is needed.

The hunter will often find the female lying in the grass or under a tree. The male will most likely be lying a little way from the females.

The trick is to avoid being spotted by his harem. The best scenario is to find a bachelor ram on his own.

Warthog is often a hindrance when hunting mountain reedbuck as they share the same areas. The focus is on the mountain reedbuck; a sleeping warthog under a bush will not be spotted and give the game away.

Mountain Reedbuck hunting is very underrated.

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber

Trophy Judgement

Mountain Reedbuck trophy.

The mountain reedbuck’s horns tend to be shorter than those of the common reedbuck but still have the characteristic curve forward at the horns’ tips.

Any set that goes past the ear lengths will constitute a good trophy.

They are wary but often inquisitive – a trait that the hunter can use to his advantage.

They graze and drink early in the morning and during the late afternoon or even at night, usually resting in the shady spaces of their habitat during midday.

Mountain Reedbuck hunters can expect shots to be longer, with steep gradients at times.

To judge the Mountain Reedbuck trophy quality, one must always look at the neck’s size: a thick and darkened, a well-set neck is the first sign of a mature animal.

The horns are in the shape of hooks, hooking forward with a good base. Therefore always look to harvest a male with horns in line with the ears’ tips or greater.

Trophy taken with trackers and dog present

Rifle caliber

Large trophy taken in South Africa.

The Eastern Cape region of South Africa is probably the best area to hunt these mountain dwellers, where hunters will enjoy great numbers and exciting hunting.

Often spotted on the slopes of valleys and draws while glassing for kudu or eland.

For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle into South Africa, Nick Bowker has available a 7mm custom made Remington Magnum fitted with a suppressor.

Mounted to the gun is a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope. We have hand loaded Hornady ELD-X ammunition.

The rifle, including ammunition, is available as part of all hunting packages free of charge.

Include mountain reedbuck hunting in your African hunting safari; you won’t regret it.

An impressive Mountain Reedbuck trophy.

Difference between a mountain reedbuck and a grey rhebok

Grey rhebok hunting
Grey Rhebok
Mountain Reedbuck
Mountain Reedbuck

References:

Smithers RHN – The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion

Kruger National Park – Mountain Reedbuck

Government of South Africa – Mountain Reedbuck

Deon Furstenburg – Focus on the Mountain Reedbuck

Hluhluwe Game reserve – Reedbuck Facts

Endangered Wildlife Trust – Facts about the Mountain Reedbuck

Clive Walker – Signs of the Wild