Steenbok, the largest member of the antelope family referred to as the "Tiny Ten" by hunters, roams the vast expanses of Southern and East Africa, seeking refuge from marauding canines. These remarkable creatures inhabit open plains and cattle farms, exhibiting a fondness for arid, volatile, or transitional environments. Their range extends across several countries, including Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, where they attract the attention of avid hunters who are either specifically targeting smaller antelope species or opportunistically seeking a trophy during their hunts.
Throughout the year, Steenbok can be pursued in South Africa and Zimbabwe. However, in Namibia, the hunting season temporarily closes during January and February, while in Mozambique, it remains open from April 1 to November 30. Tanzania permits hunting from July 1 to December 31. For optimal hunting opportunities, the dry autumn months of August to October are highly recommended, as well as the period following a burn when fresh green grass begins to sprout. While Steenbok can be targeted year-round, the prime months are considered to be from June to October.
These elusive territorial creatures exhibit a preference for tall grass but occasionally venture into open spaces or graze along road verges. They showcase their greatest activity levels during the early morning and evening, seeking shelter in shaded areas during the scorching heat of the day. When startled, Steenbok adeptly conceals itself by lying flat in the grass, ears pressed back to avoid detection. This behavior proves advantageous for skilled bow hunters, who can pinpoint the animal's hiding spot and approach silently for a well-aimed shot. At the last moment, the Steenbok swiftly takes flight, reaching remarkable speeds. On occasion, it may pause and glance back, presenting an opportunity for a shot. Often, encounters with Steenbok occur serendipitously.
Similar to other small antelope species, Steenbok possesses remarkably acute senses and exceptional camouflage, making it a formidable challenge for hunters. While the Pygmy Antelope, part of the esteemed "Tiny Ten" group, may not possess an imposing stature, it thoroughly tests a hunter's patience, perseverance, and hunting prowess. Among the antelope in this category, pursuing Steenbok could be considered relatively more manageable. Nonetheless, once you have deliberately pursued and harvested one or two of these diminutive antelope, you will become utterly captivated, eagerly aiming to complete the collection. These exquisite creatures lend themselves beautifully to full mounts or can be combined with other small species of similar size for magnificent pedestal displays. Moreover, their modest size ensures they occupy minimal space in your trophy room.
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