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BLUE DUIKER

IDENTIFICATION: Smallest antelope of the region. Grayish-brown with a slight bluish sheen on its back. The throat, chest and belly are lighter color, almost white.  Horns: Male and female have horns.

DISTRIBUTION: Widespread throughout Africa - Only occur in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

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

HABITS: Fruit is its preferred food, also eats freshly fallen leaves. Solitary. Forages in the early morning and from late afternoon until late into the night. Forages in more open areas at night, even at the edge of the forest, often feeding close to monkeys. Very 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.

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.

  • Ave Age of Mature Adults: +/- 2 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Adults: +/- 8 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License, Tops Permit
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