Patience is critical when steenbok hunting. A hugely underrated trophy. Mainly due to their size or the fact that so few people notice them have the time to study them before they disappear over the horizon.
Steenbok hunting is often opportunistic while glassing for other trophies. Steenbok requires a stalk on the open plains, which can be tricky. A Steenbok trophy will cost around $200.
Interesting facts about the Steenbok
- Steenbok form mating pairs which share a defended territory. However, they forage and rest away from one another.
- This probably because it is less conspicuous in the open habitat where they live.
- The steenbok will scrape the ground before, during, and after defecating and urinating and sometimes bury their dung.
- This action is to demarcate territory and done by both males and females.
- Steenbok has glands below their eyes, but they do not like other antelope, use them for scent marking.
- Instead, they will use glands between their hooves for this purpose.
- They will browse and graze depending upon what is available due to their location and the season.
- When grazing, they can rapidly increase the micro-organisms in their stomach required to breakdown the fiber.
- Steenbok is known to hide in old aardvark holes when the cover is sparse.
- The steenbok name is derived from the Afrikaans word “Steen,” meaning brick due to its brick-red coloration.
- Steenbok hunting – all hunters should take a steenbok if the opportunity presents its self.
The difference between a male and female steenbok
Males have horns while females do not.
About the Steenbok
Description of steenbok
Steenbok resembles small Oribi, standing 18-24 inches at the shoulder.
Their pelage (coat) is any shade from fawn to rufous.
The steenbok’s underside and the chin and throat are white, as is the ring around the eye. Their ears are large and have “finger-marks” on the inside.
Males have straight, smooth, parallel horns of around 4 inches.
The tail is not usually visible, being only an inch or so long.
Steenbok is active during the day and the night; however, during hotter periods, they rest under shade during the heat of the day.
At the first sign of trouble, steenbok typically lies low in the vegetation.
If a predator approaches, a steenbok will leap away and follow a zigzag path to try to shake off the attacker.
Escaping steenbok frequently stop to look back.
They are known to take refuge in the burrows of Aardvarks.
Known predators include:
Information for steenbok hunting
Steenbok is typically solitary, except for when a pair come together to mate.
The steenbok is a browser and is very selective of greens such as flowers, fruits, shoot tips, new leaves, and various plants.
Its selective feeding habits enable the steenbok not to be dependent on open water sources.
It rakes and digs for tubers, roots, and bulbs that contain moisture and are high in nutrients during dry months.
A single lamb weighing 1 kg is born after a gestation period of about 7 months.
The mother steenbok hides her young for the first 3 to 4 months after birth and only feeds her lamb in the early morning and late afternoon.
During her visits, she eats her young’s dung and drinks its urine to eliminate odors that make it detectable to predators.
Steenbok Hunting in South Africa
Your steenbok ram trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 22 inches, weigh about 25 pounds, and have a Horn Length of approximately 4 inches.
The Safari Club International minimum score for a steenbok is 8. This is measured by adding the length of each horn as well as the circumference of the bases.
The steenbok gets its name from the very first Dutch settlers who traveled to Africa.
The word “Steen” means brick – as you can well imagine, the color of the steenbok resembled that of a red building brick, and thereby got the name steenbok.
A magnificent trophy to add to any trophy room.
Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber for Steenbok Hunting
Juveniles take flight when adults approach. When hunting steenbok, he will lie flat in the grass to avoid detection and flatten his ears. .
He will only flush at the last moment, running away with astonishing speed.
A challenging quarry to approach on the open plains. The steenbok does often pause for a moment to look back before continuing his flight; the hunter should be at the ready to take the shot.
As a caliber, we would recommend the 243.
For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle into South Africa, Nick Bowker Hunting has available a Sako carbon light 243 fitted with a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope.
We use Sako factory ammunition.
Mainly a browser, the steenbok will occasionally graze on newly sprouted grass.