Hunting duiker South Africa

Hunting duiker South Africa

Hunting duiker South Africa usually happens while hunting something else. These smaller antelopes will attract your attention when they move and an opportunity at hunting one should not be passed up.

Really good specimens are becoming less prevalent and having one on the wall will attract a lot of attention. Common duiker lives in harmony with its cousins the red duiker and the blue duiker. Having all three in your collection is a major achievement.

Duiker are also known as common duikergray duiker and also grey duiker 

Common duiker derives its name from the Afrikaans language (one of the native African languages) duiker which means to diveThe diving part refers to the way the duiker runs and almost dives underneath shrubs and overgrowth. Gray duiker distinguishes itself from its cousins the red duiker and blue duiker by one of the two main characteristics displayed by these tiny antelopes. Gray duiker have a definite gray color to their pelts compared to its cousins. The other main distinguishing factor would be that gray duiker are much larger than the other species occurring in South Africa.

Common duiker / gray duiker are not dependent on permanent water sources. They have the ability to extract what little moisture requirements they need from their diet that consists of leaves, seeds and wild fruits.

Duiker hunting prices

Duiker hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 450. This is a 10% saving on the duiker hunting prices of 2019.

In many areas illegal hunting is influencing duiker numbers negatively. Therefore we cannot offer any duiker cull hunts.

Interesting duiker facts

Duiker scientific name: Sylvicapra grimmia

Only duiker males (rams) have horns but both sexes have a tuft of hair growing in the center of the head in an upright manner. Males weigh in at approximately 33 – 39 lb., and females between 35 – 46 lb.

Gray duiker like to feed on watermelons and cantaloupe in areas where farmers plant these great plants. Depending on population sizes, common duiker can become problem animals in orchards, vineyards and certain crops. Alfalfa will not be turned down.

They browse a wide range of broad-leaved forbs, trees and bushes, they also eat fruit, pods and seeds, roots, bark, flowers, fungi, caterpillars and even nestling birds. In arid areas wild melons are eaten for their water content. They may become a problem in certain crops, orchards and vineyards.

Duiker are mainly active during the early mornings and late afternoons, visiting waterholes as spectators feeding on fruits at the water’s edge. They are very active at night, making sure no other males enter their territory. Females do the same as they prefer monogamous relationships. Male and females only team up during the breeding season. Females hide the young until they deem the young fit enough to accompany them.

The main predators of common duiker are eagles, leopard, python and jackal.

Ammunition for hunting duiker

We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting duiker South Africa.

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Nosler Partition, Sierra and others.

The reason we keep hammering on using premium grade ammunition is:

In South Africa if you shoot at an animal and blood is drawn, the animal is considered bought and paid for. If you use cheap ammunition that is inferior and causes blood to be drawn you pay even if we do not find it.

What you are looking for in premium grade ammunition is consistent performance. Petals must mushroom creating a wide wound channel leading to the animal expiring quickly.

Duiker hunting caliber South Africa
Best gun scope for hunting duiker South Africa

There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics are certainly superior. However, purchase the optics you can afford.

The single most important issue is the scope must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting duiker South Africa.

We are of the opinion that the best gun scope for duiker hunting is the one you have on your rifle. Use it effectively.

Caliber for hunting duiker South Africa

The best caliber rifle to hunt duiker with is the one you know best. We can argue calibers from now till chickens grow teeth and still disagree. Why try and fix something that is not broke?

Use a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.

We consider the following as the best calibers for hunting duiker South Africa:

  • 243 using a minimum bullet weight of 100 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of about 3 000 feet per second (fps). Only use Barnes TTSX, Nosler Partition, Sierra GameKing, Federal Premium and other premium grade ammunition.
  • 270 using a minimum bullet weight of 140 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of just shy of 3 000 feet per second (fps). Only use Barnes TTSX, Nosler Partition, Sierra GameKing, Federal Premium and other premium grade ammunition.
  • 308 using a minimum bullet weight of 165 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of about 3 000 feet per second (fps). Only use Barnes TTSX, Nosler Partition, Sierra GameKing, Federal Premium and other premium grade ammunition.
  • hunting duiker with the greatest caliber on earth, the 30-06. Our best results have consistently come from using Barnes TTSX 150 gr ammunition at slightly shy of 2 800 fps.
  • 300 WSM and 300 WM or any other comparable calibers for hunting duiker. Only use premium grade ammunition like Barnes, Nosler Partition, Federal Premium and others. For these two calibers use 150 gr or 165 gr anywhere between 3 150 fps and 3 300 fps.

The 300 calibers are usually not considered to be the best calibers for bushveld hunting. The possibility of having a deflection en-route to the target outweighs the full potential of these calibers. Rather reserve these guys for the open plains when hunting in the Free State. Secondly, 300 WM and 300 RUM will severely damage your duiker trophy due to their high velocity.

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Hunting common duiker South Africa
Hunting duiker South Africa
Hunting common duiker

Hunting duiker South Africa shot placement

Shot placement diagram hunting duiker South Africa
Broadside shot

A broadside shot on duiker: the shot should be placed behind the shoulder in line with the front leg and almost two thirds of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.

Try to avoid shots on the shoulder. This will lead to trophy damage if you are using larger calibers.

Quartering to

Aim for the inside of the closer shoulder of the duiker, aiming one third of the way from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back..

Quartering away

Depending on what caliber you are using a quartering away shot on duiker will be fine in most cases. Large calibers will lead to trophy damage on these small frame animals.

Facing on

Place the shot in the center of the chest of the duiker where the throat joins the chest. Avoid those shots with high velocity calibers.

Hunting duiker South Africa general information


Tips when hunting duiker South Africa

When hunting the dainty little common duiker the hunter should be weary not to use too much gun.

You can expect to come across duiker during any time of the day. Common duiker are a member of the Tiny 10 antelope species. They will often seek refuge on tree covered termite mounds during the day.


Duiker average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting common duiker in South Africa is 30 to 50+ yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.


Best time of year for hunting duiker South Africa

Common duiker can be hunted from March to November with peak hunting times during May to October.

It is going to be a challenging hunt when hunting common duiker in mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.

We can and do hunt common duiker from January to December.

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