Cost and Trophy Fees for Free-Range and High-Fence Zebu Hunts
The average price to hunt a Zebu on a hunting ranch is between $1,000 and $3,000, which is considered affordable for a exotic big game animal with such an impressive rack. The final total depends on the size of the rack, trophy fee, rifle or bow hunt, number of days, taxidermy fees, guide fees, quality of accommodations, amenities and services available.
Zebu Hunting Season
Hunting Trophy Zebu
While most people think cattle are slow and clumsy, it can actually sprint as fast as 25 miles per hour, making for a very difficult shot. The zebu will run if it is in danger. A zebu has horns that are incredibly thick and close together at the base, but they spread out in a wide V and grow to sharp points. These are found on both female and male animals, and they are a whitish gray in color, with spots of brown on the tips. The horns can be well over 24 inches long, so they make an impressive trophy.
These horns also look so large because the zebu is relatively small. The zebu is between 34 and 42 inches long and usually weighs from 331 to 440 pounds, with males a bit bigger than females.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature, outside of the horns, is the hump that the zebu carries on its back. This is like the hump a camel has, in that it is a fat storage cell. If the animal cannot find food, it can live off of this for some time. You can tell you have a genetically pure zebu if it has a hump, as many zebus have been bred with different types of cattle, like yaks and gaurs. Those crossbreeds dont have humps.
The zebu has dense, short fur that comes in a wide range of colors. Many have a reddish tint to them, but colors of white, grey, brown and black are also found, and some are spotted. Another distinctive feature is the zebus skin flap, which is under the lower jaw. It has small ears that often droop and are usually hard to see even when erect because of the horns.
Origin, Native Habitat and Countries
Few types of cattle in the world are older than the zebu, which originated in South Asia. There are around 75 distinct species. All are similar, but can be sorted by the habitats they choose, their colors and their size.
For example, many choose to live in the open plains, but they are also the only kind of cattle in the world that can be found in a tropical rain forest. The zebu is able to handle a humid, hot environment, so people have taken them to South America and Africa, along with Texas. Though it can live in many places, the zebu does graze for food, so it will usually pick a habitat with plenty of grass, leaves, seeds, and flowers.
The zebu is a herd animal, and the herds are mixed, including females, offspring and male bulls. These herds can get to be large as the groups grow. Since they live together, the zebus mate all year long, rather than in a specific rut. Young males are not allowed to mate, though; only the dominant male is given this role.
Guided Zebu Trophy Hunts
Contact us for free-range Zebu hunts in South Africa or high-fence Zebu hunts in Texas.