Springbok Hunting

Springbok hunting takes place on the open plains, and stalks can be tricky. Sometimes a long shot will be required. The Springbok is a medium-sized antelope, very graceful and handsomely patterned with a long fold of skin on its back.There are no seasonal restrictions on Springbok hunting in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Nick Bowker Hunting offers Springbok trophy hunting year-round.

Shot placement should be on the bottom third of the shoulder for springbok hunting.
Shot placement

Table of Contents

  1. Springbok Hunting Cost
  2. Interesting Facts About Springbok
  3. Difference between Male and Female
  4. About the Springbok
  5. Springbok Hunting in South Africa
  6. Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber
  7. Hunting the Springbok Slam
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Springbok Hunting Cost

The average cost of a Springbok is $350. A plains game package hunt often includes a Springbok Trophy.

The Springbok Slam is also an excellent addition to any package and consists of the Springbok’s four-color phases.

SpeciesPrice
Common Springbok$350
White Springbok$850
Black Springbok$450
Copper Springbok$450
Springbok prices

All-Inclusive $4000 Starter Plains Game Package for seven trophies and eight days hunting. (Inclusive of a Springbok Trophy)

  • Gemsbok
  • Springbok
  • Impala
  • Wildebeest
  • Blesbok
  • Warthog
  • Mountain Reedbuck

Included in the Springbok trophy hunting package is a licensed hunting guide. As well as a hunting license and all permits.

Common springbok hunting
Common Springbok
Black Springbok hunting
Black Springbok
White springbok hunting
White Springbok
Copper springbok hunting
Copper Springbok

The Springbok in images

Springbok herd on the plains.
Predators include the jackal.
Mother and lamb.
Springbok prancing.
Springbok horn development over time.
Springbok color variations. Black, white, copper and common springbok.
Shot placement for springbok hunting.
Springbok growth evolution over time.
Springbok names in African languages.
Distribution in South Africa.

Interesting Facts about Springbok

Springbok trophy hunting
  • One of the fastest animals on the planet. Springbok can reach a speed of up to 60 miles per hour.
  • They have a pocket-like flap of skin on the rump, which conceals a white crest. When Springbok detects predators, the crest is visible. The white crest sends a message to other members of the group.
  • Springbok has long, pointed ears, a long neck, and a slender body. Lyre-shaped horns can be seen in males and females (they are longer and thicker in males).
  • Springbok is a herbivore (plant-eater). The springbok’s diet is grasses, leaves, roots, and tubers.
  • Natural enemies of springboks are cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, lions, wild dogs, jackals, and lynx.
  • Springbok form a few herds: mixed herds (one dominant male with numerous females and their offspring) and bachelor herds.
Trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa.
Springbok hunting is very similar to blesbok hunting as they share the same characteristics.
  • Springbok can mate all year round. Young are born at the start of the rainy season when food is abundant.
  • Pregnancy in females lasts 5 to 6 months and ends with one baby hidden in the bush or tall grass during the first few days of its life. At the age of 3 to 4 weeks, young springbok joins a nursery herd with its mother.
  • Springbok depends on the milk of the mother until the age of about 6 months. Females often stay within their native herds, while males leave the herds at 6 to 12 months to join bachelor herds.
  • Females reach sexual maturity at the age of 1 year, males at the age of 2 years
  • Springbok can survive up to 10 years in the wild.
  • Springbok hunting is very similar to blesbok hunting as they share the same characteristics.

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Difference Between Male and Female

The male Springbok has thicker and heavier horns than the female and is slightly heavier with a thicker neck.

Springbok male with thicker heavier horns.
Springbok male
Springbok prancing on the plains
Prancing springbok

About the Springbok

Trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South Africa

Springbok is primarily active around dawn and dusk.

The weather influences activity; Springbok can feed at night in hot weather and midday in colder months.

They rest in the shade of trees or bushes and often bed down in the open when the weather is cooler.

The mixed-sex herds or harems have a roughly 3:1 sex ratio; bachelor individuals are also observed.

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Springbok trophy hunt.

The Springbok is a medium-sized, slender antelope with long legs. Both sexes reach 28 inches at the shoulder with a head-and-body length typically between 47 and 59 inches. The weights for both sexes range between 45 and 55 pounds. Both sexes have a pair of black, 10 – 15-inch-long horns that curve backward.

Springbok has a white face and a dark stripe running from the eyes to the mouth. A light-brown coat marked by a reddish-brown line that runs from the upper foreleg to the buttocks across the flanks and a white rump flap.

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Springbok Hunting in South Africa

Vital organs showing the heart and lungs for shot placement.
Vital organs for shot placement

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.

Your springbok ram trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 28 inches, weigh about 50 pounds, and have a Horn Length of approximately 12 inches.

The Safari Club International minimum score for a springbok is 30, white springbok 28, black springbok 30.5, and copper springbok 25.

The trophy is measured by adding the length of each horn and the circumference of the bases.

Springbok is the national emblem of the Republic of South Africa. The antelope’s name originates from the early Dutch settlers and the word “spring,” which means jump.

Its unique trait of “prancing” will make you understand why our ancestors gave it this specific name.

Its trait of “prancing” will make you understand why our ancestors gave this name.

The Springbok is very graceful and handsomely patterned with a long fold of skin on its back.

The skin fold on the back is closed, and when the animal becomes excited, it opens, fanning a length of stiff white hair.

Interesting jumping behavior can be observed during and after the rare rainfalls in the Kalahari.

It is believed that after rains, particularly in the Kalahari, for the joy of living, the animals jump up and down like bouncing balls, stretching their front and rear legs simultaneously and bending their heads down (called ‘prancing’).

Springbok is shot mainly in the open plains, and stalks can be tricky. Sometimes a long shot will be required, especially on the open plains.

Springbok hunt

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber

If you can approach within 250 yards, you are doing well, and best take your shot. The flat-shooters will be the right rifle when hunting Springbok.  

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

The rifle is mounted with 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.

Hunting springbok can be a challenge due to its size and excellent senses. Stalk carefully, keeping the wind in your favor, and get as close as you can.

The trophy quality lies with the bases’ width, the overall length, and the curls on the horns’ tips.

A great trophy to hunt while on safari. A must for any collector interested in collecting all four springbok color variations.

Springbok is included in nearly all of our hunting packages, along with kudu, gemsbok, impala, blesbok, impala, warthog, and mountain reedbuck.

Trophy shot in the Eastern cape South Africa with Nick Bowker
Trophy shot in South Africa

Hunting the Springbok Slam

Four color phases exist and are called White Springbok, Copper Springbok, and Black Springbok.

Black Springbok hunting
White springbok hunting
Common springbok hunting
Copper springbok hunting
The four-color phases common, black, white, and copper.
The four springbok color phases common, black, white, and copper springbok
Shoulder mounts showing all four color phases
Springbok shoulder mounts showing all four color phases

Black Springbok Hunting in South Africa

Black Springbok forms part of the four springbok color variations, and the black Springbok usually ranks number two, behind the common Springbok, in body and horns of the four variations.

A medium-sized gazelle. The black Springbok is not a subspecies but a color phase of the South African Springbok.

Black Springbok trophy
Black springbok shot a part of the springbok slam

Black Springbok was developed by selective breeding; the skin color is all black except for the white facial stripe running up the nose’s front.

They have all the same traits as the common Springbok. Hunting the black Springbok is no different from pursuing a common springbok.

Black springbok trophy shot in the Eastern Cape
Trophy shot in South Africa
 Trophy shot in the Eastern Cape South africa

The difference between a male and female springbok with a color variation

No differences exist when identifying males and females with color variations. The black male Springbok has thicker and heavier horns when compared with the female.

Copper Springbok Hunting in South Africa

Copper springbok males or rams
Springbok Copper males or rams

Copper Springbok forms part of the four springbok color variations.

This color variant usually ranks number three, behind the black Springbok, in the four variations’ bodies and horns.

The copper springbok is not a subspecies but a color phase of the common Springbok.

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As with the other color variants, copper springbok was developed by selective breeding; the skin color is a dark copper color with a darkened stripe running down the flanks with a very dark face.

The copper springbok has all the same traits as the common Springbok. Hunting the copper springbok is no different from pursuing a common springbok.

Copper springbok shot a part of the springbok slam
Copper springbok trophy

White Springbok Hunting in South Africa

White springbok with common springbok on the grasslands
Springbok white with common springbok

White Springbok form part of the four springbok color variations.   This color variation usually has the smallest horns and body of the four variations.

The white Springbok is not a subspecies but a color phase of the common Springbok.

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White Springbok has the same traits as the common Springbok, and hunting is no different from hunting a common springbok.

This color variation was developed by selective breeding; the skin color is all white except for the dark facial stripes and eyelashes.

White springbok shot a part of the springbok slam

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to hunt a Springbok?

The trophy fee as a standalone Springbok hunt is between $300 to $400. Daily rates vary between $250 and $500 per day.

Included in the Springbok trophy fee is a licensed guide. As well as a hunting license and all permits.

Springbok trophy is often included in a plains game package. Package prices vary from $3000 to $10,000, depending on location and size. Packages include 5 – 7 trophy animals and are inclusive of accommodation, meals, and daily rates.

How much does it cost to hunt a Black Springbok?

The trophy fee as a standalone Black Springbok hunt is between $400 to $500.

How much does it cost to hunt a Copper Springbok?

The trophy fee as a standalone Copper Springbok hunt is between $400 to $500.

How much does it cost to hunt a White Springbok?

The trophy fee as a standalone White Springbok hunt is between $700 to $900.

How to hunt Springbok?

Springbok is hunted on the open plains. The blesbok is wary and difficult to approach. Longer shots will therefore be required. Springbok bunch together. Shooting the right one will need careful communication with your professional hunter.

Where do you shoot a Springbok?

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.

What is a trophy, Springbok?

Springbok trophies have a Horn Length of approximately 12 – 14 inches. The minimum qualification score under Safari Club International for a Springbok is 30. Add the length of each horn and the circumference of the bases to get your score SCI score.

Seasonal Restcitions

When can you hunt Springbok in South Africa?

There are no seasonal restrictions on springbok hunting in the Eastern Cape of South Africa for most outfitters.

How do you judge a Springbok trophy?

The trophy quality lies with the bases’ width, the overall length, and the curls on the horns’ tips.

References:

Smithers RHN – The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion

Deon Furstenburg – Springbok

Jerome Philippe – Founder of AfricaHunting.com