(Afrikaans = Waterbok, Tswana = Pithlwa)
- Rowland Ward: 39 and a quarter
The Waterbuck is a large, robust antelope. Waterbucks have a brownish-grey shaggy coat. The eyes and nose are patched with white, and there is a white collar under the throat. The rump has a characteristic white ring. The large rounded ears are a prominent feature. Only the bulls have long, forward curved horns.
The Waterbuck grazes mainly grass near permanent water sources. They will browse when grass cover is in a poor condition. The Waterbuck is very dependent on water and will drink daily.
Mating activities peak during winter, but it can occur at lower intensity the year round. After a gestation period of nine months, single calves are born, occasionally twins.
Waterbuck inhabits only well-watered areas, with a strong predilection for dense woody vegetation and good quality medium to tall grasses. The Waterbuck will on occasion venture into open woodlands and floodplains.
When hunting waterbuck, ensure that you have enough rifle. For the open country, consider the .270 as the absolute minimum caliber. The 7mm’s and 30 calibers are much better selection. If presented with the broadside while hunting waterbuck, take the coveted high heart/lung shot straight up the foreleg one-third into the body and your “buck” should not go far. If while hunting Waterbuck you are presented with the frontal shot, place it squarely in the middle of the chest, right at the base of the neck. The shoulder or spinal shot should be placed high on the shoulder, above the body’s midline and through the shoulder blade; placed correctly, the waterbuck will drop to the shot.