Like the Kudu, the Eland is a beast of an antelope that is mainly found in the woodlands and grasslands of Namibia. We have some excellent Eland hunting on our hunting ranch in Namibia. Hunting Eland at our main hunting camp in Namibia is particularly outstanding.
Being one of the largest antelopes in Africa, big Eland males can weigh up to 2000 pounds and stand up to 5 feet tall at its shoulders. The females of the species is however slightly smaller but can still weigh up to 1300 pounds. The Eland antelope belongs to the four species that have spiral horns, these include the Bushbuck, Kudu and Nyala. All of these antelope species are found throughout Namibia and Africa.
The Eland prefers to live in areas that are semi dry like the grasslands and woodlands. Even though they are browsing animals they will often eat newly sprouted grass right after the onset of a rainy season. The Eland has adapted well to the semi dry areas and therefore gets most of its water from its food supply. However when a drinking hole is available they will surely drink from it.
Taking into account the sheer size and weight of an Eland it is astonishing to think that it can jump with ease over obstacles in excess of six feet. When selecting the rifle and caliber to accompany you on an outing to go Hunting Eland, it is of paramount importance to adhere to the facts. The Eland is a large animal covered in dense muscle, and supported by a heavy duty frame and they just don't go down easily. It is therefore better to be over gunned than to fall short and loose the trophy of a life time.
In our hunting circles we use the phrase, a small mistake is a big mistake. It is therefore better to make a small mistake with a big rifle than with a small rifle. As a professional hunting outfitter we prefer attempting these animals with the larger of the 0.30 calibers in hand.
What is the best recommended shot placement when Hunting Eland? Like virtually any African animal, an Eland will not run very far if hit properly by a powerful enough bullet. When the animal is standing facing with its side towards you, simply aim at the middle of the shoulder, about one third of the way up the body (this method applies to both rifle and bow hunters alike).