Latest Report On Pygmy Antelope Hunts In Ghana With Steve Kobrine


Published: June - 2011

Continuing subscribers will remember my previous reports on the pygmy antelope hunts that Steve Kobrine of Steve Kobrine Safaris opened in Ghana a few years ago. (See Article IDs 2136; 2249; 2279). The hunting is for the world's smallest antelope, the royal antelope, and some of the rarest and most difficult duikers to find, namely Maxwell's duiker and the black duiker. A number of Hunting Report subscribers (including Tom Hammond and Rex Baker) have tried this destination and succeeded in taking at least one of these species. The latest report I have is from Craig Boddington, who hunted with Kobrine this past March. He writes:

"There is never anything easy about hunting the African forest, but Kobrine knows what he's doing in Ghana. I got a superb royal antelope quite easily, but it's important to note that the fact I got a big male is very much luck. There is simply no way to sex these animals, let alone judge them. As James Mellon wrote 35 years ago, the royal antelope doesn't stand for the light and very quickly turns his head. You cannot judge him, and the shot you take is where he was last seen.' I got lucky!

"I also took a Maxwell's duiker, which is pretty much the same situation. We saw a lot of sign of black duiker, but I didn't get one. Since then they have taken at least one, so they are there, and the hunting will get more successful with time. The primary game, however, remains royal antelope. As the world's smallest hooved/horned creature, the royal antelope has to be one of the world's great game animals, and it really is a most enjoyable and well-organized safari."

Keep in mind, this is a specialized hunt conducted at night with headlamps and shotguns in sweltering humidity and heat. This is a tough hunt strictly for the ultra collector after Africa's pygmy antelopes. If you are up for that, don't forget to send me your report!

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