Mountain zebra hunt in Namibia
With their bold black and white stripes covering all of their body, apart from their bellies, Hartman’s Zebra are magnificent animals. The function of the stripes on Zebras is somewhat of a mystery.Theories include that they provide camouflage, dazzle predators, keep flies away, allowthe identification of individuals by other zebra and even a means to cool their bodies. The western mountains of Namibia (of which the farm Heusisforms part) are an ideal habitat for the Hartman’s Zebra and it is one of the few places where naturally occurring and free ranging Hartman’s Zebra can be hunted. If you dream of hunting one of these beautiful animals, you need to come to the Khoms Highlands in Namibia.
The Hartmanns Zebra
The Hartman’s Zebra is one of two subspecies of Mountain Zebra, the other being the Cape Mountain Zebra. As the name suggests the Cape Mountain Zebra is limited to the eastern and southern parts of South Africa. The Hartman’s Zebra inhabits the arid western parts of Namibia.
There is also a separate species of zebra altogether, the Plain’s Zebra. What tells the two species apart? The Plain’s Zebra has stripes that go right around the belly, fade away towards the hooves and it bears additional lighter “shadow strips” between the black strips.
Hartman’s Zebras are grazers and need to drink daily, thus they are never too far from a water source; they are even known to dig deep holes in the search of water. During early mornings and late afternoons the Hartman’s Zebra is most active, while it seeks shade during the most extreme heat of the day. Zebras have sharp eyesight and a keen sense of hearing.
The best chances of finding Hartman’s Zebra on a hunt are along the approaches to watering points as well as at pans at dawn and dusk. Zebras are tough animals thus .300 caliber and larger rifles are recommended. Good expanding soft point bullets are also vital to a successful hunt. Considering the terrain Hartman’s Zebra inhabit, tracking a wounded one is very exhausting.
Shot placement is important with all game, and Zebra are no exception. A good hit would be straight up the front leg, one third to half way up into the body, as this would strike the heart/lung. Shots higher than that are less lethal and should be avoided. A spinal/neck shot will also take down a zebra, aiming to the front and above of the shoulder blade. A zebra facing you is best taken by aiming for the midpoint between the shoulders on the level of the base of the neck.
The best trophy hide will be from a younger male or mare; old stallions have been scared during fights and their hide thus less attractive.