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Steenbuck

IDENTIFICATION: Small antelope, slim and elegant with a short head with large ears and long legs. The general color is a reddish brown with light colored to white under parts. The insides of the ears are white with black stripes. There is a black stripe on top of the muzzle. Females can be slightly heaver than males. Horns: Only the males have horns.

DISTRIBUTION: Southern Africa – Great abundance in the Karoo areas.

HABITAT: Open grassveld with patches of tall grass or scattered bush for shelter. Can be found in open woodland with bare patches and areas with fresh grass sprouting after fires. Avoids mountainous areas.

HABITS: Steenbuck are both grazers and browsers. Single or in pairs. Establishes territories that both male and female defend by displays. There are preferential grazing and resting areas as well as latrines close to the border of such an area, which are scent-marked with pre-orbital, pedal and throat glands. Grazes during the cooler hours of the day and rests in tall grass or beneath a bush when it is hot. Swift-footed, lies’ waiting until danger is almost upon it before jumping up and running away. Very quick.

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Steenbuck forms part of the "Tiny 10" and is one of the most beautiful of the ten. A hugely underrated trophy, mainly due to its size or the fact that so few people notice them or have the time to study them before they disappear over the horizon. The Steenbuck gets its name from the very first Dutch settlers who traveled to Africa. The word “Steen” means brick, as you could well imagine the color of the Steenbuck resembled that of a red building brick, and thereby getting the name Steenbuck. All in all, a magnificent trophy to harvest.

  • Ave Age of Mature Adults: +/- 3 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Adults: +/- 22 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License
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