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GREY DUIKER

IDENTIFICATION: A small antelope brown in color with a black stripe on the snout from the forehead to the nose. A black tuft of hair can be found between the ears of the female and the horns of the male. Thin legs with black running up the front from the hooves to the knee, on both front and back legs. The tail is white underneath. Horns: Only the males have small spike like horns.

DISTRIBUTION: Southern Africa.

HABITAT: Prefers woodland with sufficient undergrowth and thickets. Important requirements are thickets, shrubs or tall grass on which it feeds, and in which it takes shelter when in danger and to rest. Avoids open woodland, short grassveld and dense mountain or coastal forests. Independent of water.

HABITS: Browser. Solitary animal, except during the mating season. Forages in the early mornings and late afternoons until after dark. Active for longer periods on cool cloudy days. Often nocturnal. Lies down in dense shelter, underneath shrubs or in tall grass during the hottest part of the day to rest. Waits until the last moment before running away, head down and with characteristic jumping and swerving movements. Acute senses of smell and sight.

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Common or Grey Duiker is seen by many hunters as an opportunistic species. Hunting these Duikers is usually done in the early morning, late afternoon or by spotlight at night. The Grey Duiker forms part of the Tiny 10, and hunting one is a must for any hunter wishing to complete his/her selection of the small antelope species.

  • Ave Age of Mature Adults: +/- 3 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Adults: +/- 30 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License
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