Suni

SUNI - Neotragus moschatus
One of the smallest Southern African antelopes, suni are extremely elusive and shy.

 

habits
Suni live in thick undergrowth and dense forests. Usually found in pairs roaming and protecting their territory, 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.

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 isĀ  a communal dung heap which signals their territorial boundary.

hunting tips – the hunt
When hunting something with the senses and size of a domestic cat in thick cover the most important ingredient is patience.
It is not uncommon to see seasoned African hunters participating in the SCI Awards Programme, with only suni as their un-bagged trophy.

The best methods of hunting are locating a dung heap and hiding in cover nearby, waiting for the suni to make its rounds. Usually they will spot you first and spend some time barking at the intruder. Males are quite aggressive and will give time for a shot.

Hunting suni can be time consuming and takes patience. Most of the time they are happened upon while hunting other game and any chance should not be wasted.

hunting tips – the calibre
Usually a shot gun is used with birdshot as their skin and horns are easily damaged.
hunting tips – the trophy
Any male with horns running level and above the ears makes a good trophy. It’s preferable that the horns be at least 3 inches.
hunting tips – where
The most prolific area for hunting Livingstone Suni is in South Africa in the Kwazulu-Natal area.

However with the opening up of Mozambique hunting, this is a far better region to achieve success and better trophy quality. There are areas which are teeming with Red duiker and suni only and one can specifically charter there for a few days if you are having problems elsewhere.

The East African Suni are hunted almost exclusively in Tanzania.


 

 

 
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