Cape Eland (Taurotragus oryx)

Cape Eland Bulls stand at 1.7mts at the shoulders and weigh in at 700kg plus while the cows stand at 1.5mts at the shoulders and weighing 460kg make this species the biggest of the antelope family. This large, spiral horned antelope, with the thick neck, hump and dewlap can weigh as much as 1000kg.

These animals are greyish brown in colour, the older males developing a bluish grey around the neck. Bulls and cows both carry horns, the horns of the bull being shorter and heavier than those of the cows. These antelope are found in small herds of 8 – 10, with larger herds sometimes seen.

These animals like open woodland and flat veld with scrub but can also handle fairly steep mountainous terrain. They are surprisingly good jumpers and they can clear obstacles up to 2mts. Trophy bulls are not an easy stalk. They are not easy to approach to within shooting range, so a challenging hunt is almost guaranteed.

Rifles of .30 calibre are the minimum recommended for the this antelope with 9.3mm and .375 calibres frequently being used. As with all hunted species, shot placement is very important.

Minimum Trophy Measurements   SCI 77   RW 35”

Cape Eland