African porcupine, foxes and hyrax are hunted as small animals of opportunity and can make great taxidermy full mounts.
Porcupine/Fox/Hyrax Huntable Species
- Crested Porcupine - Hystrix cristata
- Southern Bat-eared Fox - Otocyon megalotis megalotis
- Northern Bat-eared Fox - Otocyon megalotis canescens
- Cape Fox - Vulpes chama
- Rock hyrax - Procavia capensis
- Yellow-spotted hyrax - Heterohyrax brucei
- Tree hyrax - Dendrohyrax dorsalis
Habitat and Requirements
- The porcupine is found in most African habitats including mountains, deserts and forests.
- The bat-eared fox lives mainly in the open grasslands and grassy deserts.
- The cape fox prefers the open savanna and semi-arid regions.
- Hyrax habitats range from dry savanna to dense rainforest to high moorland.
- Porcupines live alone or in small family groups. They are primarily nocturnal, although it may be seen during the day.
- Bat-eared foxes are nocturnal and live in pairs.
- Cape foxes are nocturnal and found alone or in pairs
- Rock hyraxes live in colonies of about 50 animals.
- Tree hyraxes are nocturnal and are often found in pairs.
- Porcupine have a 3 month gestation period and usually 1 to 4 young are produced.
- Foxes have a 2 month gestation period and usually 1 to 5 young are produced.
- Hyrax have a 6 month gestation period and usually 2 or 3 young are produced.
Porcupine/Fox/Hyrax Gender Identification
- Porcupine females are generally larger than males.
- Fox and hyrax males are slightly larger than females.
Porcupine/Fox/Hyrax Hunting Methods
- Spotting, walking and stalking the likely habitats. These species are really hunted as animals of opportunity.
A Good Porcupine/Fox/Hyrax Trophy
- A mature male preferably in all these animals.
Porcupine/Fox/Hyrax Hunting Shot Placement
- Aim at the chest area with a small calibre.
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