Stalking, Bowhunting, Driven big game, Safari, Hunting from a Blind
Dashing through a mix of dried grasses and brush, weaving through small, young trees in swift, effortless steps runs a Duiker, fleeing from the scene.
Duiker get their name from diving, or ducking away into thick brush when they are startled.
Shy doesn't even begin to explain how elusive and solitary the Duiker is. They are not generally found together outside of the mating season and will even avoid being near non-aggressive, herbivores in the vicinity. P
rime hunting hours are early in the morning and in the evening when they become most active, although some may be mobile during the daytime. Hunting in too dark of conditions and the difficulty of spotting a trophy Duiker becomes a true challenge.
Duiker are an excellent quarry for bow hunters and rifle, shots typically ranging no further than 50 meters away. Standing less than a meter tall, it is difficult to have a distant, qualifying shot on this small target. Only male Duikers carry horns that grow to a trophy size past their ears.
Duiker are a small safari game that is a fun challenge on its own or tied into a safari package with other great game. A must-try type of hunt!
Varieties: Common Duiker, Bush Duiker, Blue Duiker
Scientific name: Sylvicapra grimmia (Common, Bush), Philantomba motnicola (Blue)
Size: 32 - 50 cm
Weight: 3.5 – 25 kg
Lifespan: 15 years
Methods: Bow hunting, Hunting from a blind, Safari, Driven big game, Highseat, Stalking
Continent(s): Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa (Common, Bush), southern, western, eastern Africa (Blue)