Hunting a Trophy Blue Duiker

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A MATURE BLUE DUIKER HAS AN AVERAGE

SHOULDER HEIGHT: 
OF 13 INCHES
WEIGHT: 
OF 8 POUNDS
HORN LENGTH: 
1 1/4  INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE
4 INCHES 
(Length of both horns + circumference of bases)

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Also known as "Puti" in the Xhosa language, the Blue Duiker acts as the main source of prey to Caracal and Eagles alike along our Coastal Forest belts. Both males and females make for a super trophy and forms part of the Tiny 10. This is a real specialized collector's hunt. Hunts are conducted by finding a suitable path in the dense forest, while moving the animals around by Jack Russell's. A 12 gauge shotgun is best suited for these fleet-footed masters of the forest. 

IDENTIFICATION: Smallest antelope in Africa. Greyish-brown with a slight bluish sheen on its back. The throat, chest and belly are a lighter colour, almost white. Male and female both have horns.

HUNTED IN Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

HABITAT: Limited to very dense coastal and inland forests. Although it grazes in the more open areas of the forest, it requires patches of dense undergrowth so that it can flee or rest during the day. Dependent on water. 

HABITS: Fruit is its preferred food, also eats freshly fallen leaves. Shy and flees to dense undergrowth at the slightest sign of danger. Always alert when nearing an open patch in the forest; it hesitates, making sure there is no danger before going further. Walks definite footpaths in the forest between resting, foraging and drinking.

 

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