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Oribi

The smallest true grazer amongst the antelope, the Oribi (Ourebia ourebi, known as oorbietjie in Afrikaans) are graceful slender-legged, long-necked small antelope found in grassland almost throughout sub-Saharan Africa (Eastern, Southern and Western Africa).  Very similar in appearance, but slightly larger than the steenbok. The silky coat of the oribi is yellow to reddish-brown on the back but is white on the belly. Each knee has a long tuft of hair, and the tail is black on top with a white underside, distinguishing him from the steenbok which lacks the black on the tail. The eyes have a white line of fur above them, often used to help distinguish them from other ungulate species. Situated close to the inner corners of the eyes are two large pre-orbital glands. Beneath the ears are dark, hairless patches, and on the sides of the face are vertical creases that house the preorbital glands.

Found mostly on the plains, only the males carry horns, which are straight but tend to bend slightly forward at the tips. Ewes lack horns, but tend to be slightly larger than the ram. Normally a solitary antelope, the Oribi sometimes form family herds of up to 12 individuals. The Oribi prefers to graze when it is cool, so hunting Oribi will probably be best during the early morning and late afternoon. Laying up during the heat of the day, when alarmed, the Oribi will jump up and run away in a bouncing fashion.

Being inquisitive, they often stop after a suitable distance and turn to look back or even walk back.

Trophy: Because this little antelope is another of the plains dwellers, shots may be taken at some distance. One of the flat-shooters will be the ticket here. Choose a caliber firing a bullet of at least 120 grains at a muzzle velocity in excess of 2600 fps.

The 257 Roberts, 25-06 Remington, various 6.5mm's, and the 264 WinMag would all be excellent choices. The .270 and 7mm's will also work quite well. Consider a scope of 6X or better, as the shots can be quite long.