Encyclopedia of African Huntable Animals
- Blue Duiker
- Cape Grysbok
- Damara Dik Dik
- Grey Duiker
- Guenther's Dik Dik
- Mountain Reedbuck (Southern)
- Red Duiker
- Royal Antelope
- Sharpe's Grysbok
- Yellow-Backed Duiker
Hunting Small Antelopes in Africa
Hunting small antelopes in Africa is a unique hunting experience that can become quite addictive. After taking some of Africa’s larger antelopes such as the eland, kudu and nyala, many hunters discover the allure of hunting small antelopes in Africa. There is a good variety of small antelopes on the African continent. In addition to the tiny ten, there is an extensive variety of duikers and dik-diks to keep the small antelope hunter busy for many safaris. It would be very difficult for a hunter to harvest all of these small antelope variations and it would also be a great accomplishment. While some African hunters express no interest in hunting these small members of the antelope family, others become obsessed and travel across the continent in search of them.
The most common small antelope quest is known as the tiny ten. These 10 small African antelopes have become the focus of a modern quest that occupies the time of a growing number of African hunters. The tiny ten typically require that you hunt three countries, although with the introduction of suni onto game farms in South Africa, the quest can now be completed by only hunting in two countries. Nine of these small antelopes can currently be harvested in South Africa. The harvesting of a Damara dik-dik requires a trip to Namibia. The tiny ten consists of the Damara dik-dik, Sharp’s grysbok, Cape grysbok, blue duiker, red duiker, common duiker, klipspringer, suni, steenbok and mountain reedbuck. Many of these antelopes are only found in certain regions of South Africa. A good example of this limited distribution is the Cape grysbok. The Cape grysbok is only found in the Cape and Eastern Cape regions of South Africa. The Damara dik-dik is found exclusively in Namibia and south-western Angola.
Hunting small antelopes in Africa includes other members of the dwarf antelope family such as the royal antelope and the Bate’s pygmy antelope. The royal antelope is the smallest antelope in the world and to harvest one requires a trip to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast or Ghana. Due to its diminutive size and nocturnal tendencies, most are hunted at night using shotguns. The Bate’s pygmy antelope is distributed from Nigeria westward to the eastern portion of the DR Congo. A huntable population also exists in Cameroon, and many hunters that are hunting other species in Cameroon will attempt to take one of these special dwarf antelope trophies while they are there.
Hunters that are collecting small antelopes will also seek out the other dik-diks. Guenther’s dik-dik, Kirk’s dik-dik and Salt’s dik-dik are all highly prized additions to the small antelope hunter’s collections. Guenther’s dik-dik is currently only huntable in Ethiopia and is sometimes added to the bag of hunters seeking other exotic species in Ethiopia. Salt’s dik-dik is also found in Ethiopia and that is the only country currently free from unrest that it may be possible to get a permit for harvesting one. Kirk’s dik-dik occurs over much of Tanzania, Kenya and a small area in north-eastern Uganda. Kirk’s dik-dik is currently only huntable in Tanzania, and is usually added to the bag in Tanzania when the opportunity arises.
The duikers also make up a sizeable portion of the small antelopes. In addition to the duikers already mentioned as part of the tiny ten, there are several species of duikers that are collected when hunting small antelopes in Africa. The yellow-backed duiker is the largest of the huntable duikers and while it is distributed in 24 African countries, it may only be hunted in Cameroon, CAR, Zambia and the Congo Brazzaville. The red-flanked duiker is huntable in Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon and the CAR. The bay duiker is huntable in Cameroon, CAR and Congo Brazzaville. The black-fronted duiker is huntable in Cameroon and the CAR. The white-bellied duiker is also huntable in Cameroon and the CAR.
The vast number of species available and the widely separated locations they are found in make hunting small antelopes in Africa an exciting and rewarding endeavor. Pursing these diminutive and special animals in their native habitat will create many special memories that will not soon be forgotten. Plus, they make great conversation pieces when displayed in your trophy room!