Springbuck Common

(Latin = Antidorcas marsupialis , Afrikaans = Springbok, Tswana = Tshepe)

  • Numbers: High
  • Weight: 30 – 48 kg (66 – 106 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 75 cm (30 in.)
  • Record Horn Length:
  • SCI: 18 and one eighth in.
  • Rowland Ward: 20 and a half in.
  • Females horns? Yes


Cinnamon coloured upper body, white underparts and a broad dark brown stripe on either flank stretching from the front legs to the rear legs. The short white tail is brown tufted. The rump is marked by a triangular-shaped white patch, framed by a dark brown stripe with the apex on the top of the hindquarters. Horns of ewes are more slender and shorter than those of rams.


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 specie is capable to breed at any time of the year. After a gestation period of 25 weeks single lambs are born.


The 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 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.