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Hunting duiker South Africa

Duiker scientific name: Sylvicapra grimmia

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 duiker, gray duiker and also grey duiker 

Common duiker derives its name from the Afrikaans language (one of the native African languages) duiker which means to dive. The 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.

General information

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.

Information on hunting duiker South Africa

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.

Best caliber to hunt duiker

The best caliber for hunting duiker South Africa is a medium to small bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. There are numerous calibers out there that will be able to effectively hunt common duiker with. However, we wish not to get involved in debating on the merits of each.

We suggest the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting common duiker in South Africa:

  • 22 Hornet
  • 22-250
  • 243
  • 7 X 57
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 375 with solid bullets
  • Do not to use ultra high velocity rifles like the 300 Win Mag, 300 WBY Mag, 300 RUM and 338 Lapua. These calibers can lead to major trophy damage.

We recommend you only use premium grade ammunition for hunting common duiker in South Africa.

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight.

Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use with confidence are Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

Best gun scope for hunting duiker

There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. 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.

Average duiker hunting 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.

Difference between male and female common duiker

Shot placement hunting duiker South Africa

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. If you only have a high velocity rifle you may want to aim slightly further back from the shoulder to try and preserve the cape.

Quartering to shot

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Quartering away

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Facing to shot

This is a tough shot due to the small body size of the duiker unless it is a fair distance from the hunter. The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.

Shot placement diagram for hunting duiker

Gallery of duiker trophy hunting pictures

Tips for 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.

Best time of year to hunt 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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