Trophy blackbuck horns will measure 18 to 24 inches in length, although they will occasionally grow to nearly 30 inches. Blackbuck are considered one of the fastest animals in the world, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph. Their keen eye sight and blazing speeds are its main protection against predators. Blackbuck are typically hunted from a ground blind, which provides the hunter with the best chance for success. Stalking is possible but is challenging as these animals have excellent eyesight and hearing.
Scientific Name: Antilope cervicapra
Blackbuck antelope are one of the smallest antelope species of the exotic breeds. Mature males differ in appearance greatly from that of females. As males age, their coloration graduates from a light tan at birth to dark brown, almost black, at 5 to 6 years of age and older. These older males exhibit a striking contrast in color with their bright white bellies, muzzle, and "eyebrows". Females and young have similar white markings to males with main coat color being tan. Male horns "corkscrew" upward in a V-shape with 1-4 tight spirals (depending on age and genetic potential). Females usually lack horns, but some may posses them. Female horns are often thinner, smoother, and may grow in non-typical patterns. Males typically weigh from 70 - 100 lbs while females weigh slightly less.
The blackbuck inhabits grassy plains and slightly forested areas. Due to their regular need of water, they prefer areas where water is perennially available.