Field Judging Eland

Field Judging Eland

Here is a mature Eland bull. You can tell by the massive body, thick neck, large dewlap, blueish gray coat and dense forehead brush.

The Eland is the largest species of antelope in Africa and one of its’ most sought after spiral horned trophies. While field judging Eland, body size and appearance is the easiest way to confirm the maturity of a possible trophy bull.

    When field judging Eland, a few characteristics are to be considered:

  • Mature Eland bulls are nearly twice the size of a female and stand out due to their massive, muscular bodies
  • Mature males have large, prominent dewlaps on their throats
  • Mature Eland have a darker tan coat with a blueish gray tint
  • Mature males often have some areas of hair loss
  • Brush or “rugs” on the forehead is a distinctive characteristic seen only on some older males. If an Eland has a heavy brush it is a reliable sign of maturity, however the lack of one does not mean it is not mature.
  • An great indicator of a very old Eland bull is a massive body, bulging neck and horns that appear small (does not mean that the horns are actually small).
Eland cow

Eland cows can be distinguished from a bull by their smaller body, slender neck, petite dewlap and tan coat.

small eland bull

This Eland bull is mature, but not yet trophy size.

Large eland bull

Here is a big old Eland bull with a thick, bulging neck.

Huge eland bull

Here is an example of giant body size giving the impression of small horn size.

A beautiful trophy eland bull.

A beautiful trophy eland bull.

There are three factors that need to be taken into account in judging the horns of the Eland: thickness; prominent ridges; and length.

Eland bulls usually carry well matched symmetrical spiral horns with prominent visible raised and steady ridges along the two twists. The spread of the horns can vary greatly, from a narrow almost parallel look to a “V” shape. Most often, mature bulls have considerably thicker bases, more massive and straighter horns compared to female horns that are significantly thinner with less apparent ridges and a tendency to become crooked the older they get.

Want to hunt eland? Inquire below:

    • Ready to book a hunt? Or do you just want more information?

      Fill out the form below and on of our hunting consultants will contact you. The more information you can give us, the better we can help you find the right hunt. And remember our advice is free.

      (208) 941-2330

      "Our mission is to learn about you, your dreams and your abilities and then provide you with advice so you don't have to worry about your dream hunt turning into a nightmare." -Marc Warnke

      Get More Information About a Hunt
    • This is VERY important so we can help you find you the best outfitter.
    • The more information you provide, the better we can help you find the right hunt.
    • Be the first to know about discounted and canceled hunts.
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>