The Tsessebe, an African antelope, possesses remarkable swiftness, reaching speeds exceeding 90 km/h. It shares close kinship with the Topi, Korrigum, Tiang, Blesbok, and Bontebok. Additionally, there exists a particular subspecies called the Bangweulu Tsessebe, which thrives on the Bangweulu Flats in Zambia. This species naturally inhabits regions spanning from Angola, traversing the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, and extending to Northern Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Hunting opportunities for Tsessebe are available in Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, both on concessions and various game ranches in South Africa and Namibia. In Zambia, one can partake in diverse 6-11 day combo packages, encompassing plains game, Sitatunga, and Buffalo hunts. The cost of these packages ranges between $17,000 and $37,800. In Botswana, a ranch hunt entails a daily rate of $300, with an additional trophy fee of $2,500. In South Africa and Namibia, game ranches offer daily rates ranging from $350 to $450. As for Tsessebe trophy fees, they range from $2,750 to $3,350 in Namibia, while in South Africa, the fees vary from $2,000 to $2,825.
Tsessebe hunting is permitted throughout the year in South Africa and Zimbabwe. However, in Namibia, hunting is restricted during the months of January and February. In Zambia, the hunting season extends from early May to late November. Autumn emerges as the optimal time for Tsessebe hunting, as it coincides with scarce food resources and the gradual drying up of natural waterholes. If one embarks on a hunting expedition later in the year, it is essential to prepare for the intense heat experienced in these African regions during October and November.
Tsessebe Hunting Methods
Spotting and stalking tactics are typically employed when pursuing Tsessebe. These creatures are frequently found in relatively open areas and tend to congregate near water sources during the late afternoon. Observing them from a distance using a vehicle is a common practice, allowing for a strategic approach and a well-planned stalk. For bowhunters, it is advisable to seek a vantage point in a blind overlooking a water source. Additionally, attracting Tsessebe can be facilitated by employing mineral blocks and salt licks at a specific site.
Tsessebe belongs to the Wildebeest and Hartebeest families, which are sought after by collectors of larger game species. While not considered a highly coveted trophy, Tsessebe remains popular among collectors. The most prevalent method of mounting Tsessebe is through a shoulder mount, which poses challenges in distinguishing it from closely related species, particularly the Topi. Consequently, some hunters opt to skull mount their Tsessebe trophies and display the captivating hide as a magnificent rug.
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