It is high time that hunters break away from stereotypical patterns and turn the sight away from kudu, impala, gemsbok and springbok and consider small game which delivers practically the same weight percentage in venison - roundabout 55% - as their larger family members, but may well often cost less per kilogram. It may even be tastier to boot. The old proverb - "The nearer the bone, the sweeter the meat"Â� - may well apply here.
One could also argue that it is in the interest of ecological balance that hunters should enquire responsibly about game numbers where they're going to hunt and in this way endeavour to maintain a balance. At the same time one would expect game farm owners and safari agencies to make recommendations in this regard.
We are providing a list of game species with their live mass in kilogram, their venison percentage and nett weight between brackets for hunters to ponder upon:
impala (39-80, 58, 22-46), springbok (18-36, 51, 9-21), kudu (150-300, 57, 86-172) and gemsbok (180-216, 55, 99-118).
Compare it to duiker (10-14, 55, 6-8), suni (4-9, 55, 2-5), red or Natal duiker (11-14, 55, 6-8), klipspringer or African chamois (16-18, 55, 9-10), and steenbok (14-, 55, 8-).
Take note that the suni is on the endangered species list as high risk of extinction, although not as endangered as the grysbok.
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