Buck Antelope Hunting at Harriswood Plantation
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.
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.
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.
feed on short grass, and various cultivated grains. Herds
are essentially harems, with a single adult male and a
of adult females and young. There are also bachelor herds
of adult males. Males are territorial, at least during
season, and will drive young males from the herd. Dominance
is established by display of the horns and threatening
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.