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Impala hunting

Impala hunting is for the hunter who desires a classic African trophy. The black horns and the elegant expression is highly sought-after for the first-time hunter in Africa, and many hunters return to Africa to hunt this gracious animal. The typical type of hunting is walk and stalk, glassing over the land to find a good impala ram. Many hunters visiting Africa hunt more than one impala on the same trip, as they often come in large numbers, and make a fine trophy. The impala is part of most fixed price packages, when hunting in Africa, and the hunt for...

Impala hunting is for the hunter who desires a classic African trophy. The black horns and the elegant expression is highly sought-after for the first-time hunter in Africa, and many hunters return to Africa to hunt this gracious animal. The typical type of hunting is walk and stalk, glassing over the land to find a good impala ram. Many hunters visiting Africa hunt more than one impala on the same trip, as they often come in large numbers, and make a fine trophy. The impala is part of most fixed price packages, when hunting in Africa, and the hunt for them is exciting, due to the impalas living in large herds, with many eyes to spot the hunter. A real plains game challenge!

The impala is a medium-sized antelope, and is found practically everywhere in eastern- and southern Africa. The impala ram has a beautiful set of horns that grows throughout their whole life, the same as most other antelopes. The horns are black and are lyre-shaped. Only the ram carries horns, as is typical of the antelope family the species belong to. The rams use the shape of their horns to throw each other into the air when fighting, and for protecting their heads. At midday, the impala is often found lying down in the shade, which can make it easier to come close to them.

Hunting impala is a true delight

Their trophy is very characteristic of Africa, and is highly valued by most safari hunters. The beautiful black horns, and the gracious looks are amazing. The impala isn’t the shyest antelope species, and often you will be able to get a good look at them, when looking for the strongest ram, or the right trophy to take. The trophy is evaluated by the length of the horns and the width of the horns’ bases, but the size of the horns can vary a lot from one region to another. Hunting the impala is a pleasure, and it is a ‘must-have’ species of the African continent.

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  • Impalas are very gracious and extremely agile
  • Stalking through light bush and on open plains is the most common hunting type
  • As with many other antelopes, their heart is placed very low in the chest

Common impala (Aepyceros melampus melampus) has one subspecies, the blackfaced impala. The common impala ram measures 30-37 inches over the shoulder, and weighs around 150 lbs. The female weighs between 90-110 lbs. and measures 28-33 inches at shoulder height. The impala’s skin is the same red color as African sand, yet their lower belly is light brown and the inside of their legs is white. Impalas have three black stripes; one on each side of their rear, and one on the top of their tail.

Only the male ram carries horns for a trophy, and these are black and slim. They are lyre-shaped, and grow longer with age. A trophy of more than 20 inches is considered a great trophy. The gracious looking animal is highly suited for a shoulder mount, due to the elegant appearance. To score a medal the trophy must score:

Bronze: 52     Silver: 55½     Gold: 58 SCI

The foraging takes place during the whole day, yet increasingly in the morning and the evening. The rams are fully grown at age four, and won’t be reproductive till then. The females are already reproductive at one and a half years of age. The mating season is at the end of the rainy season, and lasts for up to three weeks. The female gives birth to a calf, and will stay with other breeding females, in a breeding herd.