Hunting a Trophy Suni

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A MATURE SUNI RAM HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT OF 13 INCHES

WEIGHTS 10 POUNDS

HORN LENGTH 3 INCHES

SCI MINIMUM SCORE OF 9 (length and circumference of both horns) 

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: When alarmed they make a short sneezing or blowing nasal bark and will remain motionless for some time before taking flight, emitting a whistle. In some areas where they are not often hunted, the little males become quite aggressive and will approach the intruder shaking their heads, stamping their feet and constantly barking. Often the only sign of their presence is a communal dung heap which signals their territorial boundary. It is named for its pungent smell originating from preorbital glands that produce a musky secretion.

IDENTIFICATION: It has a slender build and relatively high hindquarters. Dorsally it has a speckled appearance and varies from gray to rich chestnut with a reddish tinge. The sides of its body are paler and the underparts, the chin, throat, and the insides of the legs, are white. Only male Suni have horns, which range from 6.5 cm to 13.3 cm. The horns are wide-set, black, ridged, and slant back in line with the face. Suni are distinguishable from other small antelope by the absence of tufts of long hair on their heads and knees. They vary in color from light brown to dark reddish brown. Only males have horns which are ringed and slope backward, level with the snout.

HUNTED IN: ZULULAND AND SOME PARTS OF THE EASTERN CAPE.

HABITAT: They enjoy thick, dry underbrush terrains, either in montane forests above 9000 feet or in riparian reed scrub.

HABITS: Mostly browsers, they like the tender shoots of trees, mushrooms, fallen fruit, weed and occasionally grass and field crops. Not dependent on water, they get all they need from their diet. Suni live in thick undergrowth and dense forests. Usually found in pairs roaming and protecting their territory.

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