Black Buck Antelope Hunting at Harriswood Plantation
The blackbuck lives in the open woodlands and semi-desert areas of the Indian subcontinent. About the size of a small deer, the blackbuck is a member of the antelope family, with permanent horns rather than antlers that may be shed.

Male blackbucks are a rich dark brown, becoming darker with age. Females are a lighter color, almost yellow, and the precocial fawns (able to run about soon after birth) are a pale yellow.

Male blackbucks possess long horns, ringed at the base, and spirally twisted up to five turns. The blackbuck has long been prized for its meat and as a trophy. The blackbuck can run very fast, usually outrunning greyhounds, but is vulnerable to the cheetah. This agile animal usually bounds high in the air a few times before settling into a gallop or run.

Blackbucks feed on short grass, and various cultivated grains. Herds are essentially harems, with a single adult male and a number of adult females and young. There are also bachelor herds of adult males. Males are territorial, at least during mating season, and will drive young males from the herd. Dominance is established by display of the horns and threatening gestures. Although the horns are potentially dangerous weapons, actual fighting is rare. When danger approaches, the alert females are usually the first to warn the herd.


Harriswood Plantation
Pond, MS
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