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Airgun Hunting Legion Member Now Holds World Record for Air Archery Sable

by Jennifer Shea
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An Airgun Hunting Legion member set a new world record for air archery sable. It marks the first recorded sable taken in the air archery category.

Sable antelope are a type of antelope that are native to the wooded savanna in eastern and southern Africa. They graze on grasses and foliage, and their primary predator is the leopard. In fact, an adult sable is often too big for a leopard to take on, but the leopards can go after sable calves.

Airgun Hunting Legion Member Sets New World Record

The new world record-holder, Gary S. of Utah, used a Benjamin Airbow in August of 2017, Hunting Insider reports. His sable scored 97 and 2/8ths inches SCI. 

“We are thrilled for our member Gary S. as the newest airgun world record holder for sable in the air archery category,” Airgun Hunting Legion Director Jason Reid told Hunting Insider. “Gary is having a great week with the recognition of his record black bear and now sable. Gary’s sable is a great example of the ethical power of air archery equipment for taking down big game.”

A South African Safari

According to Gary S., he shot the sable in South Africa. He was in fact looking for a different species of game at the time when he stumbled across the sable.

“In August of 2017 I was sitting over a water hole in South Africa with Motshwere Safaris actually looking for a cape buffalo when his beautiful sable walked into range,” Gary said. “After waiting almost an hour I decided to take the shot. I hit him in the left shoulder and had a complete pass through.” 

“He walked about twenty steps and expired,” he added. “The 125 grain dangerous game fixed two blade broadhead did some serious damage.”

In the wild, sables have a life span of 16 to 19 years. They can move at a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour. And they change color as they get older – the calves come out a reddish-brown shade, and then markings show up as they age. Their coat also gets darker as they get older. 

The sable Gary shot was full-grown, with two of the massive trademark large horns curving backwards.