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Hunting Eland in Namibia

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We offer some of the best and most affordable Eland hunting available in Africa.

The Eland is a very large species of antelope that is found in the grasslands and woodlands of Africa. We have some excellent Eland hunting on our hunting ranch in Namibia. The Eland hunting at our main hunting camp in Namibia is particularly outstanding.

Eland are the largest species of antelope in the world. Big males can weigh in excess of 2,000 pounds (which is more than most Cape Buffalo), and stand over 5 feet tall at the shoulder. Females are slightly smaller, but still weigh nearly 1,300 pounds. Along with Bushbuck, Kudu, and Nyala, Eland are one of the four spiral horned antelope species that inhabit South Africa and are the largest member of the group.

Eland prefer to live in semi-arid areas that are either grasslands or lightly wooded. They are primarily browsing animals, though they will sometimes eat newly sprouted grass immediately following the onset of the rainy season. Being well adapted for life in semi-arid areas, they get the majority of their water needs from their food. However, they will sometimes drink at a water hole when one is available.

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 broadside, simply aim at the center of the shoulder, approximately one third of the way up the body (this goes for both rifle and bow hunters).

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