Encyclopedia of African Huntable Animals
Exotic Plains Game
- Eland (Lord Derby)
- Gazelle (Grant's)
- Gazelle (Thomson's)
- Hartebeest (Coke's)
- Hartebeest (Lichtenstein's)
- Kudu (Lesser)
- Lechwe (Nile)
- Lechwe (Red)
- Nyala (Mountain)
- Scimitar-Horned Oryx
- Waterbuck (Defassa)
Hunting Exotic Plains Game in Africa
Hunting exotic plains game in Africa can become an addiction of its own, or may be combined with both plains game hunts and / or dangerous game hunts. A typical scenario is a hunter starts out hunting plains game in southern Africa for a trip or two and then broadens their horizons to include both exotic plains game and dangerous game. Once as hunter begins collecting exotic plains game, it is hard to stop. About the only things holding them back will be time and budget considerations. There are enough variations of exotic plains game species to keep a hunter occupied for years.
Some species fall into both the plains game and exotic plains game categories. A good example is the nyala. The common nyala is considered a plains game species and most hunters coming to Africa for plains game end up taking one. The mountain nyala on the other hand, is considered an exotic plains game species, is considered endangered, and is only hunted by a fortunate few hunters. Most of the hunters taking a mountain nyala are trying to complete the spiral-horned antelopes of Africa award, of which the mountain nyala is one of the nine species required for this prestigious award. The mountain nyala is an expensive hunt, as only a few permits are issued each year and the demand exceeds the supply.
Another example of a species that falls into both the plains game and exotic plains game categories is the waterbuck. The common waterbuck is an animal that many people end up taking during their second or third hunting safari to Africa. On the other hand, the Defassa Waterbuck (sometimes called sing sing waterbuck in western Africa) belongs in the exotic plains game category. The Defassa waterbuck is classified as an exotic plains game species due to the fact that its distribution is from Zambia to East Africa and into Ethiopia. So to take one, the hunter has to get off the beaten path for plains game in southern Africa and travel further northward to central Africa.
Many other species fall into the exotic plains game hunting category. When hunting exotic plains game in Africa, two of the most prominent members of this category are the bongo and the Lord Derby (Giant) Eland. The bongo is also one of the spiral horned antelopes of Africa and is considered one of the most beautiful trophies in the word due to its orange and white striped coloration. Bongos are hunted in exotic remote locations such as the rainforests of Cameron, the C.A.R. and the Congo Brazzaville. The Lord Derby Eland is the largest of the spiral horned antelopes of Africa and is highly desired as a trophy by African hunters. Lord Derby eland are hunted in Savanna areas in northern Cameroon, the C.A.R.
Other members of the exotic plains game class of African animals include the sitatunga, roan and sable antelopes, lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, tessebe, and kob among others. When hunting exotic plains game in Africa, a large selection of these exotic animals is available to choose from. In addition to the previously listed animals, the scimitar-horned oryx, puku, lesser kudu, gerenuk and Thompson’s, Grant’s and Somerling’s gazelles also end up being sought for trophy room additions.
So what determines the difference between the animal being classified as plains game or exotic plains game? The difference is actually determined by a combination of the price range to harvest the animal and the location of the destination a hunter must travel to take this trophy. The addition of some of these animals to game ranches in southern Africa has blurred the lines between the two classifications somewhat. Game breeding on these ranches has brought the price down for some of these formerly expensive antelopes. A good example of this is the sable, whose translocation to game ranches in South Africa and the subsequent breeding industry that has developed as a result has brought the price down to where the average plains game hunter is now adding a sable to his collection with regularity. As a result, there has never been a better time for hunting exotic plains game in Africa than now.