Springbuck – Black
(Latin = Antidorcas marsupialis , Afrikaans = Swart Springbok, Tswana = Tshepe)
- Numbers: High
- Weight: 30 – 48 kg (66 – 106 lb.)
- Shoulder height: 75 cm (30 in.)
- Record Horn Length:
- SCI: 47 and seven eights.
- Rowland Ward: 19 and three eights in.
- Females horns? Yes
The Black Springbuck is only a colour variant of the Common Springbuck, and not a species on its own. Its body colour is black and it has an even darker black stripe that is a characteristic of the Springbuck.
They browse in the dry season and predominantly graze after the rainy season when grasses spout green. They drink water readily, but when open water is scarce, water requirements are met by eating moisture-rich tubers and roots.
Mating is normally restricted to a one or two week rut, although this species is capable to breed at any time of the year. After a gestation period of 25 weeks, single lambs are born.
The Black Springbok live in a harsh and unpredictable environment. Calcareous pans, dry river beds and short grass savannah are preferred. They avoid areas of tall grass.
It is really hard to approach these animals. If you come to within 300 yards, take the shot! The 257 Roberts, 25-06 and the various 6.5mm’s are all good choices for consideration when hunting springbok. If you really want to reach out there, look to the 264 Win Mag or the .270. The Black Springbok is legendary as the tastiest of all African game. For the meat hunter, the side-on lung shot should be the choice; aim just behind the shoulder. Hunting springbok for trophy calls for the high heart/lung shot right up the front leg, one third to one half into the body and squeeze. Headshots are best left to the professional “cullers”. Hunting springbok will always be a challenge due to his size and excellent senses; stalk carefully, keep the wind in your favor, get as close as you can, bring the right equipment and then shoot straight.