Overview of this species and the hunt
Thanks to its smaller stature, its preference for living among rocks on mountains and its camouflaging fur, it can be very difficult to spot the klipspringer. Only the males have horns, and the female is a bit heavier, but both have distinguishing black tear-like markings on the inner corners of their eyes. This will help you identify the animal. The klipspringer has very short hairs and its only habitat consists of rocky outcrops and mountains. You are also more likely to come across this antelope in dry areas.
Their diet mainly consists of leaves and grass and they only really need water when it is available to them. They will graze in the early morning or late afternoon, but during the midday heat, they will be hard to find. They often live in small groups but it is not unusual to find them living in pairs. Because they prefer living in mountainous areas, you can be certain that the klipspringer is sure footed among the rocks. When you hunt klipspringer, you will need to keep looking up into the mountains to spot them. Should you scare a klipspringer, it will whistle and you will have a better idea of its location.
Klipspringer are unusual antelope to hunt. They tend to like to watch your pursuit of them, which gives you a great opportunity to get a clean shot. When hunting, use a 22 centre fire along with a 45 to 55-grain bullet. A heavy calibre can be the better weapon. If you are after the pelt, you don’t want an expanding bullet. The best place to aim is behind the shoulder, should you choose an expanding round, while a solid round should be aimed a little more forward. It is not a good idea to shoot the spine and if you are afforded a frontal shot, aim for the low area of the chest.
Your PH should be able to give you great advice for hunting klipspringer, but keep in mind that considering the terrain you are in, you will need to be fit.