There are two subspecies of Rhinoceros
Both huntable species of rhino live in Africa, the Black Rhinoceros (which are critically endangered) and the White Rhinoceros (registered as vulnerable).
Rhino’s are often considered the most placid of the Big Five species to hunt. They are often more aggressive and belligerent than ferocious. Expect to dish out some big dollars for a rhino hunt, as they are very expensive to keep alive for 15 years, which is how long it takes for a bull to develop trophy horns. Often armed guards are employed to keep poachers at bay.
- White Rhino – Thanks to conservation efforts and hunter dollars, had increased in numbers sufficiently to once again be hunted in South Africa. However, poaching has ramped up recently and they are on the decline again. We hope that the sale of rhino horn is legalized soon as we feel this is the only way to save them.
- Black Rhino – This species has not fared as well and is still highly protected, although every once in awhile an old problem, non-breeding bull comes up for auction. Be sure to join our newsletter so we can let you know when these come available.
To walk-and-stalk when hunting white rhino is the traditional way of going about it. Solitary bulls are common and can be stalked with some ease with a wind that consistently blows in your favor. This is a close up hunt (10 to 30 yards), so this is the perfect opportunity to bring your double rifle with open sights. We suggest a 400 caliber or larger rifle with 500 grain bullets.
*Archery hunting white rhino is illegal in South Africa.
- Broadside – Place your shot just behind the roll of skin formed by the shoulder. This is the preferred angle for rhino hunting. They are thick skinned animals and bullet penetration can be an issue.
- Quartering Towards – Wait for a broadside shot.
- Quartering Away – Wait for a broadside shot.
- Head On – Wait for a broadside shot.
Many hunters contribute to further research and recovery by doing a rhino green hunt.
This is shooting a rhino with a tranquilizer dart. Once a rhino is darted on your green hunt, a vet will examine and medicate him, and take care of any other necessary data for research.
Your PH will then take pictures and measurements for you taxidermist so he can recreate your trophy. There is now a place in the SCI Record Book for rhino green hunts. *darting a rhino is just as dangerous as a traditional rhino hunt.