Roan

(Latin = Hippotragus eguinus , Afrikaans = Bastergemsbok, Tswana – Kunkuru)

  • Numbers: Low
  • Weight: 227 – 272 kg (500 – 600 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 140 cm (56 in.)
  • SCI: 31 and five eighths in.
  • Rowland Ward: 39 in.
  • Females horns? Yes

Appearance

The body colour of the Roan is fawn, with the lower parts of the legs dark brown to black. The distinctive black and white facial markings are characteristic features of this species. They have long pointed ears. Both sexes have heavily ringed scimitar-shaped horns.

Diet

Roan are primarily grazers, preferring to crop the top portions of grasses.

Breeding

These antelope do not have a fixed breeding season and calves are born after a gestation period of about 40 weeks.

Habitat

They mostly inhabit lightly wooded savannah, open areas of medium sized grass, with easy access to surface water.

Hunting

When hunting Roan the .270 caliber should be the absolute minimum. The .300 calibers are much better choices. The high heart/lungs shot will do nicely. Aim straight up the front leg, one-third into the body.