|Afrikaans: Koedoe||French: Grand koudou|
|German: Großkudu||Portuguese: Kudu|
|Nama: Xaib||Shangaan: Nhongo|
|Sotho: Thôlô||Spanish: Cudu Mayor|
|Shona: Nhoro||Swahili: Tandala|
|Tswana: thôlô||Xhosa: iQhudi|
|Average Body Dimensions||Trophy Dimensions|
|Average male mass: 551 lb (250 kg)||Rowland Ward Minimum: 53⅞” (137cm) : Method-8|
|Average shoulder height: 4.6’-5.1’ (1,4-1,55m)||Rowland Ward Record: 73⅞” (185,5cm)|
|Spoor size front: 2.6” (67mm)||SCI Minimum (Rifle): 121 / SCI Record (Rifle): 158⁶⁄₈ : Method-2|
|Spoor size rear: 2.2” (56mm)||SCI Minimum (Bow): 108 / SCI Record (Bow) – 149⁶⁄₈|
Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique*, Namibia*, South Africa*, Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
* Top trophy destinations
Herds average 3-10 animals, temporary larger at times. Herd consists of cows and young often accompanied by an adult bull. Bulls circulate freely through the year whether outside of or during rut. Bulls often are solitary but may form into short-lived bachelor groups. Mainly diurnal, but can become nocturnal as well under pressure.
* Read more in Game Animals of the World by Chris & Tilde Stuart
Check on eastern slopes in early morning during cold spells as they sun themselves. They retract into thickets for shade at midday. Hunt slowly and search at about 7’-8’ for horns glinting in light. In bush areas shots are generally taken at ranges shorter than 75 yards. In open savannah it can be up to 150 yards.
Males have horns. Females are hornless and smaller.
Habitat & Food
Woodland savannah with preference for Acacia woodland and broken hills near water, but extends into arid areas along watercourses and where thickets occur. Prefers Acacia trees and bushes but eat mopane and grass when required.
Rifle and Cartridge Recommendations
Bolt Action Rifles: Any decent bolt action rifle will do. So will single shot rifles.
Double Rifles:There is no need for a double rifle when kudu hunting
Bullets: Opt for premium bonded core bullets if muzzle velocities exceed about 2,700 fps (±825 ms).
|.270 Winchester||150-gr bullets|
|7mm-08 Remington||150-gr bullets|
|7 x 64mm Brenneke||160-gr bullets|
|7mm Remington Magnum||175-gr bullets|
|.308 Winchester||180-gr bullets|
|.30-06 Springfield||200-gr bullets|
|.300 Winchester Magnum||220-gr bullets|
|.303 British||215-gr bullets|
|8 x 57 / 60 mm Mauser||223-gr bullets|
|.318 Westley Richards||250-gr bullets|
|.338-06 A-Square||275-gr bullets|
|.338 Winchester Magnum||275-gr bullets|
|.35 Whelen||250-gr bullets?|
|9,3 x 62mm Mauser||286-gr bullets|
|.375 Ruger / H&H Magnum||300-gr bullets|
* Read more in African Medium Bore Cartridges by Pierre van der Walt