The greatest hunting challenge you can experience
The thrill of the hunt is only emphasised when your weapon of choice is a bow. Africa is the ideal hunting location when you are using your bow to take down some of Africa’s toughest game. Bow hunting in Africa or South Africa is one of the most challenging and rewarding styles of hunting but it is one worth indulging in when you have a passion for the sport and you want to be closer to your target .
Graham Safaris offers bow hunting safaris allowing the hunter the opportunity to take most of South Africa’s species in their natural habitat. In South Africa, bow hunting is permitted using one of three kinds of bows: the recurve bow, the longbow, and the compound bow. Of these three bows, it is the compound bow that remains the most popular among avid bow hunters. The compound bow is easier to use when hunting game, especially in South Africa where the game can be a lot craftier than in other regions of the world.
The right draw weight for that perfect shot
Bow hunting is not as easy as it looks, which is partly why it is a challenge. And because of the challenge it poses, it is important to make sure that you have the right bow as well as the right draw weight. The weight of the draw of the bow will differ depending on the game that you are pursuing.
With your average plains game such as Impala,Nyala,Kudu, the minimum weight you are looking at is between 50 lbs to 65 lbs. While this is the minimum requirement, it is all dependent on your skill and your ease with the draw, keeping in mind that you need to keep a steady hand while also being flexible enough to move with your target.
Keeping the minimum weight in mind, you might be more comfortable with a 60lbs or 80lbs draw. Before you set out to hunt with a bow, make sure that you know which weight works best for you. It is recommended that you spend time practicing before you hunt with a bow. Being comfortable and having some practice will ensure that all important arrow placement is not missed. You don’t want to track a wounded animal; a kindly placed kill shot is what you are looking for. Placement of the shot is also important in terms of whether or not you will be wanting to take a trophy home.
Choose the right arrow to accompany your bow
Removable blades, fixed blades and expandable blades, these are the three arrowheads available for bow hunting in South Africa. They are the three blades proven to be the most effective for hunting African game. As with bow styles and draw weights, the arrow heads that you choose are completely dependent on your preferences and your comfort.
Bow hunting changes from area to area. South Africa, along with Mozambique and Zambia, is a land with of a variety of different, and often tough, terrains and vegetation which is in places dense. All of this is taken into account when you are bow hunting with our team. As experts in bow hunting, as well as experienced and passionate hunters, we want you to get the most out of your experience. Get into contact with us and enjoy this different style of hunting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of game can be hunted with a bow in South Africa and Africa?
Bow hunting in South Africa and Africa can be done for a variety of game species, including various antelope species, Cape Buffalo, Wildebeest, Warthog, Zebra, Giraffe, Gemsbuck, Waterbuck and various species of Big Cats, such as Lion and Leopard (depending on local regulations and hunting concessions).
What is the best time of year for bow hunting in South Africa and Africa?
The best time of year for bow hunting in South Africa and Africa can depend on a variety of factors, including the specific game species being hunted and the region being visited. However, as a general rule, the dry season is considered the best time for bow hunting as the animals are easier to spot and the vegetation is less dense. In South Africa and much of southern Africa, the dry season typically runs from May through October. In East Africa, the dry season typically runs from January through March and from June through October. It’s important to note that the best time for bow hunting can vary depending on the specific species being hunted. For example, some species may be more active or more visible during the wet season, while others may be more active during the cooler months.
What type of bow and arrow setup is recommended for bow hunting in South Africa and Africa?
The type of bow and arrow setup recommended for bow hunting in South Africa and Africa can depend on the specific game species being hunted and the hunter’s individual preferences. However, most outfitters recommend using a compound bow with a draw weight of at least 50 pounds, and arrows with a weight of at least 400 grains. It’s also important to use quality arrows with sharp broadheads that are appropriate for the game species being hunted. Some outfitters may also recommend using a mechanical broadhead, which expands upon impact to increase the size of the wound channel.
Is bow hunting in South Africa and Africa safe?
Yes, bow hunting in South Africa and Africa can be safe as long as hunters follow proper safety protocols and work with a reputable outfitter. It’s important to receive proper training and practice shooting with your bow before embarking on a hunting trip. Hunting guides and outfitters can also provide additional guidance and safety tips. During the hunt, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and to communicate effectively with your hunting guide. It’s also important to adhere to all local regulations and to only hunt in designated areas.
What is the success rate for bow hunting in South Africa and Africa?
The success rate for bow hunting in South Africa and Africa can vary depending on a number of factors, including the specific species being hunted, the hunting method used, and the skill of the hunter. However, with proper preparation and guidance from experienced guides and outfitters, bow hunters in South Africa and Africa can achieve high success rates.