Kob Antelope Hunting

The kob antelope is a floodplain inhabitant which looks rather like a stocky impala. Other members of the Kob antelope family include the waterbuck, puku and lechwe.

Kob Trophy Minimums

Technically there a 3 species of kob antelope but as of 2003 SCI differentiates between and carries records for the Central African or Buffon kob from CAR and northern Cameroon and the western kob from southern Cameroon, Benin and Burkina Faso. The kob is scientifically the same animal, Kobus kob kob. SCI says this is because of differences in horn size between specimens from Central Africa and West Africa.

Kobus kob leucotis (White-Eared Kob)
RW Minimum RW Record RW Measurement Method SCI Minimum SCI Record SCI Measurement Method
195/8" 26" 7 49" 651/8" 1
Kobus kob thomasi (Uganda Kob)
RW Minimum RW Record RW Measurement Method SCI Minimum SCI Record SCI Measurement Method
195/8" 271/4" 7 49" 707/8" 1
Kobus kob kob (Western Kob)
RW Minimum RW Record RW Measurement Method SCI Minimum SCI Record SCI Measurement Method
195/8" 255/8" 7 36 577/8" 1
Kobus kob kob (Central African Kob/Buffon's Kob)
RW Minimum RW Record RW Measurement Method SCI Minimum SCI Record SCI Measurement Method
N/A N/A N/A 40" 646/8" 1

Where To Hunt A Kob Antelope

  • You can hunt the western kob in Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic (CAR) and Cameroon. As mentioned earlier, if you want to enter a record western kob in the SCI book, you will need to have hunted it in Benin, Burkina Faso or southern Cameroon only. If your 'western' kob was taken in CAR or northern Cameroon it is no longer 'western', but a Central African or Buffon's kob.
  • You can hunt a Uganda kob in Uganda.
  • White-eared kob occur south-west Ethiopia but are currently not allowed to be hunted.

Kob Antelope Hunting Prices

  • In Benin you can hunt a western kob for between 240 Euros and 1500 Euros.
  • In Burkina Faso you may hunt a western kob for between 360 Euros and 1350 Euros.
  • In Cameroon the western or Buffon's kob is a Group B savanna animal with a trophy fee of between 400 Euros and 700 Euros. Most outfitters do not make a distinction between western or Buffon's kob on the trophy lists, so check with them if this is important to you.
  • In Uganda you can hunt a Uganda kob for between US$2500 and US$2950.

Kob Antelope Hunting Methods

  • Walk and stalk in the likely habitat.

A Good Kob Trophy

  • Horn length with thick bases will make a good trophy.

Kob Antelope Hunting Shot Placement

Kob Vital Statistics

Kob Vital Statistics
  Western Kob Uganda Kob White-Eared Kob
Shoulder Height 32-34"

Kob Antelope Habitat and Requirements

  • The kob is a grazer of floodplain grasslands but avoids flooded areas and steep slopes.
  • Water dependent.

Kob Antelope Social Structure

  • Kobs occur in small herds of between 5 - 15 female animals with the males spaced apart.
  • When the population density increases up to about 40 animals, they form a breeding arena called a 'lek'. Then hundreds of animals congregate in the area for mating opportunities.

Kob Antelope Gestation Period

  • After a gestation period of around 8 months, one offspring is born.

Kob Antelope Gender Identification

  • Males are larger in the body than females and darken with age, becoming a deep mahogany colour.
  • The "S"-shaped horns are found only in males, and bend sharply backwards, then curve up.
Uganda Kob

Kob Antelope Image Gallery

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Uganda Kob
Uganda Kob

Western Kob
Western/Buffon's/Central African Kob

Kob Antelope Trophy Permits (2015)

All Kob Antelope

Kob Antelope Trophy Taxidermy

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Uganda Kob Full Mount Uganda Kob Shoulder Mount
Taxidermy photos courtesy of Life-Form Taxidermy

What About The Name?

The western or Buffon's kob was named in honour of the French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707 - 1788). A century before Darwin, Buffon wrote 'Historie Naturelle' which is a 44 volume encyclopedia describing everything known about the natural world.

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