|Afrikaans:||Waterbok||French:||Cobe à croissant|
|Average Body Dimensions||Trophy Dimensions|
|Average male mass: 595 lb (270 kg)||Rowland Ward Minimum: 28” (71cm) : Method-7|
|Average shoulder height: 4.3’ (1,3m)||Rowland Ward Record: 39¼” (99,7cm)|
|Spoor size front: 3.5” (90mm)||SCI Minimum (Rifle): 67 / SCI Record (Rifle): 937/8 : Method-1|
|Spoor size rear: 3.5” (90mm)||SCI Minimum (Bow): 60 / SCI Record (Bow) – 89|
The common waterbuck is found along Africa’s south-east along the larger river regions or in water rich regions such as Botswana (northern), Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia (Caprivi Zipfel), Somalia, South Africa* (north-eastern), Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique*
* Top trophy destinations
Herds average 5-10 animals, temporary larger at times. At the age of 5-6 bulls establish smallish territories and bulls without territories establish bachelor herds. Territories are fiercely defended and fatalities are common. Herds often break into smaller groups in dry periods. They are most active during the cooler hours of the early morning and late afternoon and will graze at night.
Find bull’s territory and work through it. Alternatively zig-zag along the water courses and adjacent floodplains.
Bulls have horns whilst cows do not.
Habitat & Food
Waterbuck are associated with water, but they are not aquatic. They occupy reed beds, grass- and floodplain type woodland provided there is cover. Waterbuck are grazers with a preference for tall grass and mostly remain within 1.3 miles (2 km) from water. The will browse on the rare occasion.
Rifle & Cartridge Recommendations
Except in very open areas shooting ranges rarely exceed 150 yards. Any moderate velocity medium or transition bore cartridge should perform well. Riflescopes with maximum magnification between 4x – 7x will be more than sufficient
Bolt Actions : Any decent bolt action rifle will do. So will single shot rifles.
Bullets : Opt for premium bonded core bullets if muzzle velocities exceed about 2,700 fps (±825 ms).
Typical Cartridges :
|.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