Cape Eland were originally a migrating species which moved from the mountains to the lower lying areas during the winter months and vice versa in the wet summer months. Now only found in national parks and on high fenced properties, the Cape Eland prefers the drier areas of northern, western and southern South Africa as well as the mountainous regions of central and eastern regions.
Cape Eland can cover ground at incredible speeds. Once they are aware of a hunter’s presence, these animals are likely to take off at a trot which can continue for miles. Spend some time glassing from high ground if available or spotting from a vehicle. The classic spot-and-stalk approach is normally used to approach these antelope until you are well positioned for a shot. They respond well to slat licks and will seek water during the day where they can be ambushed from a hide.
WHEN TO HUNT CAPE ELAND IN SOUTH AFRICA
Cape Eland may be hunted year round In South Africa on an enclosed territory. However the recommended time to hunt an Eland is during the winter and spring months when food and water is scarce. This forces the animals to roam and forage, giving you a good opportunity of bumping into your prey during your hunt. Eland are in their best condition at the end of summer when their coats are in great condition. If you are hunting for meat, then plan for a spring hunt.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HUNT CAPE ELAND IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Cape Eland are often included in “Spiral Horn“ and plains game hunting packages so check for any package deals. Alternatively, in many cases you can buy a package and add an Eland to the deal at the advertised trophy fee. The trophy fee for a Cape Eland ranges from $1,600 – $2,200. Daily rates for a plains game hunt range from $350 – $450 a day. Most hunters travelling as far as South Africa would normally include other antelope species in their hunt and normally book for a period of 7 – 10 days.