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Sitatunga Hunting

Expect to get very wet and muddy when sitatunga hunting in a swamp. This spiral-horned antelope is an excellent swimmer and when threatened, often run into and submerge in deep water or retreat into the very thickest vegetation. This is a specialist hunt and not for the faint-hearted hunter.

The sitatunga have elongated, splayed hooves and flexible foot joints that enable it to move across boggy ground.

Sitatunga Trophy Minimums

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25" 33" 8 50" 844/8" 2
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27" 321/2" 8 60 822/8 2
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26" 281/4 8 50" 786/8 2
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22" 311/8 8 N/A 775/8 2

Where To Hunt A Sitatunga

  • You can hunt a western sitatunga on forest hunts in Cameron and Central African Republic.
  • You can hunt an East African sitatunga in western Tanzania and Uganda.
  • The island sitatunga may only be hunted in the Ssese Islands of Uganda which are found in the north west corner of Lake Victoria.

You can hunt a Zambezi sitatunga in Zambia.

Sitatunga Hunting Prices (For Informative Use Only)

  • In Cameroon, the western sitatunga is in the Group A selection of forest animals from which you can choose 2 to hunt. The trophy fee for the western sitatunga is usually 2500 Euros.
  • In Central African Republic (CAR), the western sitatanga is not considered as a forest 'precious game' species and may be hunted in addition to the bongo or giant forest hog, depending on your hunt length. The western sitatunga trophy fee is between 3000 Euros and 5000 Euros.
  • In Tanzania, you can hunt an East African sitatunga in wetland areas of western Tanzania on a 21 day licence. The total trophy fee will be between US$3250 and US$4800, including Community Development/anti-poaching fees.
  • In Uganda, both the East African and Island sitatunga carry a trophy fee of US$5000.
  • In Zambia, the Zambezi sitatunga can be hunted on specific expeditions to the Bangweulu or Kafue wetlands areas, usually in combination with a black lechwe hunt. Sitatunga can also be hunted on some game ranches. The trophy fee for a Zambezi sitatunga can be as low as US$4500 to US$6000, rising to US$12000 to US$16500. Some outfitters charge different trophy fees for sitatunga horn lengths of +26" or +30".

Sitatunga Hunting Methods

  • As sitatungas use regular, tunnelled pathways through the tall reeds and papyrus of swamps, they are often hunted from blinds, rickety high platforms or boats.
  • Be prepared to take a quick accurate shot - the last thing you want is a wounded sitatunga follow-up through swamp vegetation. They are notoriously difficult to find if wounded, often submerging underwater with only their nostrils showing.
  • Sitatunga are most active just after dawn and just before dusk.

A Good Sitatunga Trophy

  • Good horn length with thick bases will make a good trophy.
  • Sitatunga horns are similar to those of an nyala. If you actually get to see the horns before shooting, look for a deep 'bell' that extends past the ears on the outer curve and then flare out.

Sitatunga Hunting Shot Placement

  • Sitatunga shot placement is similar to other antelope plains game species. (Look at Impala)

Sitatunga Bull Vital Statistics

  • Shoulder Height: 32-46" / 81-116cm
  • Weight: 168-262lbs / 76-119kg

Sitatunga Habitat And Requirements

  • This antelope lives in thickly vegetated, muddy swamps and marshes.

Sitatunga Social Structure

  • Essentially solitary animals, pairs associate for short periods of time for mating and small mixed groups are occasionally formed.

Sitatunga Gestation Period

  • After a gestation period of around 7 months, one offspring is born.

Sitatunga Gender Identification

  • Only male sitatunga have horns.
  • The males are grayish-brown and the females are a reddish brown, with six to eight vertical white stripes on the body.
  • Males are also considerably larger than females.

Sitatunga Bull

Sitatunga Bull

Close Up of Sitatunga Hoof

Close Up of Sitatunga Hoof

Sitatunga Trophy Permits (2015)