Where to hunt Suni
Suni are one of the smallest antelopes belonging to the “Tiny Ten” group and made up by two subspecies, the East African Suni which occurs in Kenya, Tanzania and north of the Zambezi River in Mozambique. The other subspecies, the slightly bigger of the two is the Livingstone’s Suni which can be hunted south of the Zambezi River in Mozambique, Eastern Zimbabwe and the Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. If Suni is your targeted species, the best place to hunt them in the Sand Forests of Eastern Mozambique.
In Tanzania, an East African Suni may be hunted on a 16 or 21 day license. Daily Rates for these safaris range from $1,650 – 1,950 per day with a trophy fee of approximately $500. In Mozambique you will be required to book a minimum of a 6-10 day hunt, with a daily rate of $600-$700 and pay a trophy fee of $995-1,600. The same hunt is available in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, with trophy fees for a Suni ranging from $2,000-3,000 and daily rates between $350-450 per day.
When to hunt Suni?
Suni may be hunted year round In South Africa and Zimbabwe. In Mozambique the season is open from April 1 to November 30. In Tanzania the season is from July to December. Suni inhabit dry riverine bush and Sand Forests, so the best months for hunting Suni are the dry months of June to October when the trees have lost some of their leaves and the foliage is not so dense. This not only improves visibility but lessens the chances of your bullet deflecting after taking a shot.
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Being a shy nocturnal animal spends most of its day hidden in the dense undergrowth. It is best hunted on a walk and stalk, preferably on a well-used foot path or track. When walking in the forest the dead leaves on the forest floor sound like you are walking on potato chips which will alert your prey, so try to stay on a path. Look out for the orangey colour of the sunlight shining through its ear or a flickering tail which often give them away. Besides the conventional walk and stalk, two other hunting methods may be used. The first is to sit patiently waiting at one of the communal dung heaps as the males regularly visit these sites to mark their territory and the second is to call them by imitating the sound of an antelope distress call.
Why hunt Suni?
Suni hunting can be extremely tough going on older hunter’s bodies that are no longer subtle to be bent over, ducking and diving through the thick bush known as “lumbago alley”. So if you are going to hunt Suni, do it as soon as you can in your hunting career. The challenge is first to find one and then to see it as they freeze at the first sign of danger becoming very difficult to see hidden amongst the undergrowth. A full mounted trophy makes for a wonderful display.
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