Vaal Rhebuck

(Latin = Pelea capreolus, Afrikaans = Vaalribbok)

  • Numbers: Fairly High
  • Weight: 18 – 25 kg (40 – 55 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 75 cm (30 in.)
  • Record Horn Length
  • SCI: 11 in.
  • Rowland Ward: 11 and seven eights in.
  • Females horns? No



Long, thin neck leading up to the head. The head is dominated by larger than usual eyes, big rubber-like black nose and very long pointed upright ears. The body is covered by a grey fur like coat, similar to that of a jack rabbit. Under parts are white in color. Only the males have spike-like straight black horns that stand upright.



This antelope is predominantly a browser with a tendency to mixed feeding. They select shrubs and forbs. Roots, seeds and flowers are also taken during June to October.



This is a seasonal breeder, and mating takes place during February and April. Single lambs are born after a gestation period of eight months.



Rocky mountains, mountain slopes and plateaus with sufficient grass and a few shrubs and trees. Utilizes a more exposed habitat than the Mountain Reedbuck.



Vaal Rhebuck are considered by most as the most challenging South African antelope to hunt. This wonderful species occurs on high ground; hunters must be prepared to be patient, walk great distances, and at times make the above average long shot. take aim straight up the foreleg, about one-third into the body, and never above the halfway point. This should effect the high heart-lung shot and your rhebok should not go far.