The Southern Impala, like most of the impala species is noted for its speed and agility, traits that make hunting them a bit more challenging than some of the other African plains game. From Angola to Zimbabwe, the Southern Impala currently enjoys strong population numbers, making them a must have on any safari hunters list, and with over 4,000 entries in the SCI Record Book, one of the most popular species for the modern trophy hunter. Here are the top ten Southern Impala as currently recorded in the SCI Record Book.
The #4 Southern Impala was taken by Lawrence Wolfgram in 2003 in Thabazimbi R.S.A. with Mbalabala Safaris. It measured 68 4/8″. Unfortunately there is no image of this impala.
#1 Jan Loubser bagged this monster buck near Limpopo, R.S.A. in 2007. It measures 69 6/8″.
#2 Lemmer Petrus Britz scored this beauty near Thabazimbi, R.S.A. in 2007 with Dries Visser Safaris. It measured 69″.
#3 Jeffrey Osment holds the number 3 spot with this big impala taken in 2005 with Hannes Els. It measures 68 6/8″.
#5 belongs to Gerald Beck. Taken in 1996 near Transvaal, R.S.A. with Andreas Duhring of Ntshonalanga Safaris, it measured 68 3/8″.
#5 David Frederick is also in at number five with this big buck he took with de Klerk Safaris in Kalahari, R.S.A. in 2007. It measures 68 3/8″.
#5 Angus Murray bagged this impala in 2010 near Zeerust, R.S.A. with Jason Stone of Stone Hunting Safaris. It measures 68 3/8″.
#6 Alfredo Julian took this impala near Bray, R.S.A. in 2000 with Doug Cox of Thwane Hunting Safaris. It measures 68 2/8″.
#7 William Mosesian bagged this Southern impala in 1976 in Transvaal, R.S.A. guided by John Coleman. It measured 68 1/8″.
#7 Sten Sjogren took this beautiful impala in 2005 in Thaba Thola, Republic of South Africa guided by Mark Dedekind. It measures 68 1/8″.
#7 Donald J. Wilson rounds out the three-way tie for the number 7 spot with this impala taken nin 2005 in Ingogo, R.S.A. with Ingogo Safaris. It measures out at 68 1/8″.
#8 belongs to Rick Warner who bagged this impala in 2002 near Hoopstad, R.S.A. with Phillip de Bruyn of Sanveld Safaris. It measures 67 6/8″.
#9 C. James Baille took this impala in Thabazimbi, R.S.A. with Thabazimbi Safaris. It measured out at 67 4/8″.
#10 Clayton Williams III took the number ten impala in 2002 with Steven Edkins of Coenraad Vermaak Safaris. It measures 67 3/8″.
Editor’s Note: On Friday we dust off a gem from the extensive SCI archives and offer a story from past issues. Today we join a father and son team as they hunt the wary and fleet pronghorn antelope with muzzle loading rifles in Wyoming. This article first appeared in the November/December 1993 issue of Safari Magazine.
A young huntress learns what it means to hunt tur and ibex in Central Asia.
After what seemed like an eternity in the air, I planted my size six feet on the soil of the first of many forgotten countries that would be along my sojourn–Azerbaijan. Hidden faces stared at my exposed, pale skin, round eyes and camouflage luggage. Then I met the men who would have my life in their hands for a week, and I suddenly felt at ease. Continue reading Sheep Hunter’s Rite of Passage→