Grey Duiker Hunting

Grey Duiker hunting is often opportunistic while glassing for other trophies. Consequently, they can make for a bonus while looking for your bigger game animals. Duiker requires a stalk through thick terrain. As a result, shots will often be quite close when hunting the grey duiker.

Shot placement should be on the bottom third of the shoulder for duiker hunting
Shot placement for duiker hunting
How to hunt Duiker, and how much does it cost?

Grey Duiker hunting is often opportunistic while glassing for other trophies. Duiker requires a stalk through thick terrain. A Duiker trophy will cost around $200.

Duiker hunting with Nick Bowker
Duiker trophy shot with Nick Bowker

Interesting facts about the Duiker

  • The common duiker will stand on its hind feet to reach high into fruiting bushes.
  • There are eight different races of common duiker. This varied coloration may enable them to match the habitats specific to their location.
  • Some African rock pythons have died when the horns of male duikers have pierced their stomachs after they have swallowed them whole.
  • Duikers run with a very distinctive darting and diving style when they flee danger. And this gives rise to its common name, which is the Afrikaans for “diver.”
  • Not a lot is known about the common duiker’s social life, so more research is needed before we can say whether they are monogamous and territorial.
  • While duikers predominantly eat leaves, some unusual items have been found in their diet, including baby birds and small rodents.
  • It’s not known whether these are eaten by accident or as a protein supplement.
  • The common duiker uses a pair of glands under its eyes for scent marking.
  • Grey Duiker hunting often occurs while glassing for other trophies and can make for a bonus while hunting larger trophies.

The difference between a male and female grey duiker

Grey Duiker males have horns, while females do not. The female and the male have a tuft of hair growing on their heads.

Grey duiker male. Only males have horns.
Grey duiker male
Females have a tuft of hair between their ears but no horns.
Grey duiker female

About the Grey Duiker

Duiker is a small to medium-sized brown antelope native to Sub-Saharan Africa.

They are found in heavily wooded areas.

Duikers are shy, elusive creatures and live in dense cover; those that tend to live in more open areas, for example, are quick to disappear into thickets for protection.

Duiker hunting is often underestimated mainly because of the size of the animal.

Since the common grey duiker lives in more open areas, like savanna, it has longer legs and vertical horns, which allows it to run faster and for longer distances; only the males, who are more aggressive and territorial, exhibit horns.

Also, duikers have well-developed periorbital glands, which resemble slits under their eyes, or in the cases of blue duikers, pedal glands on their hooves.

Males use secretions from these glands to mark their territory.

Grey Duiker Hunting in South Africa

Your Duiker trophy should have an average shoulder height of around 17 inches, weigh about 25 pounds, and have a Horn length of approximately 4 inches.

The minimum Safari Club International score for a Duiker is 11. Measured by adding the length of each horn as well as the circumference of the bases.

Duikers are solitary animals and often shot opportunistically while glassing for other trophies.

They can make for a bonus while looking for your bigger game animals.

Duiker requires a stalk through thick terrain. As a result, shots will often be quite close when hunting the grey duiker.

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.

The duiker is mostly a browser and most active during the late afternoon and early evening.

This member of the pygmy antelope clan can survive close to man.

He is independent of water as he can get sufficient moisture from browsing.

Duiker hunting makes a cheap add on to any of our 7 animal hunting packages, including such trophies as kudu and blesbok as standard.

A more expensive add would say be a common reedbuck.

We do not require a deposit; see our terms and conditions.

Trophy Judgement and Rifle Caliber

Grey Duiker hunting - trophy shot in South Africa. Duiker can be added on very cheaply to any of our South African Hunting Safari Packages.
Grey Duiker hunting – trophy shot in South Africa. Duiker can be added on very cheaply to any of our South African Hunting Safari Packages.

When hunting duiker, trophy evaluation can be difficult, as only fleeting glances will be offered.

Horn tips that are level with the top of the ears are about 4 inches in length; if the horns extend beyond the ear tips by an inch or more, you are looking at high scoring trophy.

Duiker hunting can be challenging; this mini-antelope has extremely refined senses, small size, camouflaged coloring, and a habit of staying in or close to the long grass and thick brush.

Most hunting calibers are used to take the duiker as it is often opportunistic. However, if targeting a Duiker, we would recommend a 243.

For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of bringing a rifle into South Africa, Nick Bowker has available a Sako carbon light 243 fitted with a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope.

Also, we use Sako factory ammunition.

Shoot straight up the for the leg as with all African mammals for the heart-lung shot.