4. Nyala---South Africa
The 200-300 lb. nyala (pronounced "in_yala") is one of the most beautiful animals
in the world. Bulls have white facial stripes and spots and body stripes, orange
ears and legs, white-tipped mane and white on the underside of the tail. The horns
are found only in males and are shorter than the kudu, but do spiral and have ivory
tips. The nyala was originally found most commonly in eastern South Africa and Mozambique,
but has been reintroduced to many private ranches in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and
Namibia. It is found in dense bush near water.
I was hunting on a 17,000 acre ranch in South Africa and wanted to hunt nyala, but
the owner said he had filled his quota for nyala for that year. One afternoon I spotted
six nyala feeding on pods under a mopane tree and later told the rancher about them.He
had never seen these, and said that I could then hunt one of those nyala. One was
huge and was killed later that year and was the world record. I put a stand in the
mopane tree at 2:00 in the afternoon, shot a huge impala at 3:00 and had two nyala
come in at 4:00. One was the world record, but he would not come close, so I ended
up shooting this nice bull.