LoginLOGIN
ResourcesRESOURCES

SCI HomeSCI HOME

Blesbok - Africa | Online Record Book Preview


This is a preview of the Blesbok - Africa species only.
Once you subscribe you will be able to view all the entry details for hundreds of different species, including full score sheets and photos.

Blesbok - Species Detail

AKA: Gold: 46" Gold (Bow): 45"
Endangered: Silver: 43 6/8" Silver (Bow): 42 7/8"
Bronze: 40" Bronze (Bow): 35"
Blesbok
Map Legend

Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi

Blesbok (Sp), Blessbock (G), Blesbok (F), Blesbok (Af). "Blesbok" refers to the white facial blaze, or bles in Afrikaans.

DESCRIPTION Shoulder height 37-38 inches (94-96 cm). Weight 130-140 pounds (59-64 kg).

The blesbok is similar to the bontebok, except it is a little smaller, less richly colored, and has longer horns. The general color is reddish brown without the purplish gloss. The white facial blaze usually is divided by a narrow brown band just above the eyes. The rump patch is merely pale, not white, and does not extend around the base of the tail. The belly has much less white than a bontebok's, and the lower legs are mostly dark. The horns (both sexes) are similar to a bontebok's, but the rings are closer together, not as deep, do not encircle the horns, and are usually straw-colored-especially on the top of the rings. Females are similar, but smaller, and have thinner horns.

BEHAVIOR Gregarious, living in herds of 5-30, sometimes many more. Strongly territorial. A grazer that drinks water daily. Eyesight, hearing and sense of smell are good.

HABITAT Open grassland.

DISTRIBUTION Originally only in South Africa: from eastern and northwestern Cape Province through the Orange Free State to the southern Transvaal, and marginally into Natal. Though they once occurred in countless thousands, they were relentlessly hunted by early settlers until they nearly disappeared. In recent years, blesboks have been widely introduced and reintroduced into nearly all parts of South Africa until there is a wider distribution today than in the past, all of it on fenced farms and reserves. They have also been introduced in Namibia and Zimbabwe, where they were never indigenous. (For record keeping, we treat all populations as indigenous.)

REMARKS Although some blesboks are being farmed for meat production in South Africa, the majority live in a much wilder state than bonteboks and are a far more challenging game animal.


This online application provides access to the entire SCI Record Book. From here you are able to browse and search for entries by location, species, hunting company/guide, and more. This is a subscription service and you can sign up today by clicking the Subscribe Now button below. If you would like to view more information about this site, please click here

New to the Online Record Book? Click the button below to sign up today!


Previous Records 1-100 of 3,604 Next
Member Taken Location Hunting Company/Guide Measurer MOK Score OR MR

The Blesbok currently has 3,604 Entries listed in the SCI Record Book!

Once you subscribe you'll be able to access photos and full socre sheets for all of these entries. Plus you can filter, sort, and search through all species and entries in the SCI database. If you would like to subscribe now to have access to the entire database, please click here.



Return to Top







©2007-2017 Safari Club International    Site Map    Privacy Policy
4800 West Gates Pass Road
Tucson, Arizona
PH: (520) 620-1220
Powered By: Simpleview