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Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:06 pm 
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QUESTION: Can a kudu bull see the tip of his horns through his spiral?

A very old debate... :wink:
Personally I would say yes it can see the tip of its horns but not through the spiral. (spirals are probably part of vision to the horn tip) Remember that they have poor binocular vision. But the do have a extemely wide angle of shrarp clear vision..., and to top that their hearing is also exceptional. (Smell is also up to standard. you just need a little swirl in the wind...) :wink:

Put your hands up like horns and without moving your head and by closing one eye you finger tips should be in your field of vision by looking up. (If your eyes are up to scratch of course) now remember you have binocular vision as both eyes are facing forward therfore a Kudu should have a much better picture of its horn tips.... Take an elle for example- they can see behind them by turning the head only slightly (Ever driven behind an elle and watched how it is watching you?)
Just my theory I might be wrong :roll:


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Another Addo specimen

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Greetings Forumites.
Question, I have allways heard that Kudu bulls have 2 twists 3 twists, where on the horn is a reference point to determine a "twist". Can you determine the age of a bull by the number of twists :hmz:

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Kind of Myer. A kudu bull's horns never stop growing, so a bull with a big pair is old.

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Thanks for the answer BB.
But if a Kudu's horns twist as they grow, then there must be a rule of thumb or a guideline where you can tell a bulls aprox age by the number of twists in his horns :roll:

and is it counted by the full 360 degree twist ( From front to front) or a 180 degree twist (From front to back) ?????????

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Kudu males start showing horns at about 6 mths and by 15 mths have aturn and by 2.5 yrs to 3 yrs have 1.5 to 2 turns Older than that = about 2.5 turns. A kudu can see the tips of his horns by looking through the curls a 4-5 year lod Bull gets ivory tips to his horns
Here is a pic of an estimated 4 yr old bull with 2.5 turns and ivory tips starting. Taken at Addo. Take an imaginary line from his eyeball to the tips of his horn and they pass right through the centre of his curls so he can see the tips of his horns any time.
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The kudu is majestic antelope as far as I'm conserned, especially the adult male. The horns, the chest that is at all times pushed forward, always looks clean, well groomed and the walk that says "I am the majestic of them all".

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Near Skukuza. saw about 20 impressive bulls around Skukuza and Berg en dal in 3 days! in july this year.
Will try find Addo bulls from December 2006 as well.
East cape parks board also have some small parks with many BIG bulls

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p@m wrote:
Peter, the Addo animals all seem to be much hairier (fuller coated ?) than the Kruger ones. Is this true ? Due to cooler temps ?


Hi p@m. yes the east Cape Kudu is now considered a separate race from the normal Southern Kudu we all know from Kruger, Zim and Namibia etc. They dont have the horn length of those Limpopo Valley Monsters but they have lovely dark haired beards and their coats can get much darker tha Kruger. Overseas hunters with the normal Kudu in their trophy rooms come to the East Cape to add the East Cape Kudu to their collections

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Talking about big horns......

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Saw these to between Skukuza and Lower-Sabie :)

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In this little video you see the biggest male Kudu that we saw in Krugerpark. :wink:



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What is the longest recorded kudu horns?
And is it possible for a kudu to get three turns?


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Hi

The longest Kudu Horns (World Record No 1 Rowland Ward )
are 72 " (6ft ) along the curl. They werent shot by a hunter but were picked up as part of a carcass by a professional Hunter and his Spanish Client in the hunting concessions SW of the Limpopo River in Mocambique. This area now lies in the Transfrontier Park. Thats HUGE. My biggest Kudu was a whopper 58" which I took in 1964 as a 13 yr old hunter in Sabi Sands . Kudu curls go up to 2.5 curls but with big ones like the 2 mentioned above with long ivory tips they start splaying out for curl no 3. Did you know every kudu bull can see the tips of his horns at anytime by looking through the curls. Take any set of Kudu horns and look down from the tip through the curls and you will see the eye socket. I took 2 massive East cape Kudu this morning in Addo which made up for just missing the lions (This variety has longer beards but shorter horns than the Limpopo and Zambezi Basin Bulls)...I'll post one here when I get time...glad I was able to help

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