In some areas, they can be incredibly weary and very alert when being hunted. When judging the trophy quality of Hartebeest, it’s important to look at the size of the horn base and the space/gap between the basis. Often the horn base will be grown closed making skinning very difficult.
Adult bulls weigh 150 kg and measure 1.3 m at the shoulders, while cows only weigh 120 kg. Mature bulls will stand out in the herd with their shoulder height being much higher than that of the cows and young bulls, at times turning a darker richer colour with age. Look for a heavy horn base with very little or no gap between the horns, a good rise into a heart shape before bending straight back or slightly upwards with decent tips.