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African bowhunting information South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Whether you are bowhunting in Kansas or bow hunting in Africa the basic principles of bow hunting remain the same. Some differences will be in the bowhunting hides and bow hunting shot placement on African game.

Bow hunting in Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris, outfitters that care about you, the hunt and the quality of the trophies you harvest. Make sure you bring along your bowhunting equipment because bow hunting accessories are hard to come by when out in the harsh African bush. We do not mind if you hunt with a compound bow, longbow or with traditional archery equipment; we want to see you have the best African bow hunting safari available.

We offer hints and tips on shot placement, draw weight and the best arrows and broad heads to use on plains game hunting and dangerous game hunting. We will show you the best African bow hunting trophies and you do the rest!

All our bow hunting is conducted from pit blinds, ground hides, elevated hides and sometimes even walk-and-stalk. Your level of skill and preference will determine the hunting method. Our supreme bowhunting concessions make it possible for you to hunt up to 10 plains game species without having to move from one bowhunting concession to another.

Hunting the Big 5 with a bow has some minimum requirements with regards to the draw weight of the bow you intend to use, as is the case with the arrow. The two pachyderms, elephant and rhino, may not be bow hunted in South Africa.

It is recommended that you bring along a suitable video camera and tripod when hunting from a blind. There will be many exciting opportunities for video taping a variety of animals, including you harvesting the trophy you have thought about for so long.

 

Bowhunting dangerous game in Africa – bowhunting the African Big 5

Bowhunting Africa’s dangerous game has a number of restrictions pertaining to draw weight, arrow weight and the best type of broad head to use. For an up to date legal recommended draw weight for bow hunting in Africa per animal, click HERE.

Some Provincial authorities in South Africa prohibit bowhunting leopard. Please contact us for specific information if you are interested in bow hunting dangerous game by clicking HERE.

Bowhunting lions with a compound bow is legal in South Africa. Please contact us for specific enquiries if you are interested in bowhunting dangerous game with traditional archery equipment by clicking HERE.

It is allowed (permitted) to hunt all plains game in South Africa with a bow.

 

Bowhunting hides when bow hunting in South Africa

Locally bow hunting hides are also known as blinds and consist of permanent structures erected at waterholes and feeders. These hides can either be elevated hides, pit blinds or constructed ground hides. Bow hunting from tree stands in South Africa is not that common yet mainly due to the irregular shapes of our trees! However, there are places where this type of hunting can be conducted from.

 

Shot placement when bow hunting African plains game animals

Many hunters have commented on the placement of the vital organs on African animals being different to that of deer. Therefore we urge you to look at our selection of African bow hunting video clips where the vital organs will be displayed with an easy reference to guide you to make a successful shot placement on your African trophy animal.

Bow hunting shot placement African animals

 

Broadheads to use when bowhunting African plains game

There are a number of broad heads to use when bow hunting in South Africa. Here are a few different types of broadheads we recommend in no particular order.

1. Fixed blade broadheads – two blade with two bleeders which are normally used in bows for children and ladies using a lower draw weight bow

2. 3-blade fixed blade broadheads with replaceable blades used on cut-on-impact with a chisel head.

3. Slick-Trick 4-blade broadheads also known as micro-heads. These give supreme penetration.

4. Meat-Seeker piston point which gives supreme penetration.

5. Rage II mechanical broadheads which give a large entrance wound.

Broad heads for bowhunting South Africa

 

Tips for bowhunting in Africa

1. Firstly you have to be here to experience the magic of bow hunting a variety of different game animals!

2. Some of the plains game species you can bow hunt in South Africa have an amazing reaction time and tend to jump the string. Impala tend to jump the string so our tip for bow hunting impala is to aim slightly lower than usual to allow for perfect shot placement.

3. Fine-tune your bow before departure and make sure it still shoots on target when arriving at your bowhunting property.

4. Take careful aim and squeeze the shot gently!

5. Use the best available bow hunting equipment you can possibly afford. Make sure the bow you are using delivers the optimal combination between bow draw weight and arrow weight by adding the best broadhead in the correct weight. By this we mean do not use a 750 gr arrow in a 55 lbs draw weight bow.

 

Recommended draw weight for modern compound bows:

Small frame women

100-130 lbs

25 – 35 lbs

Medium frame women

130-160 lbs

30 – 40 lbs

Older child

Boys 130-150 lbs

40 – 50 lbs

Small frame men

120-150 lbs

45 – 55 lbs

Large frame women

160+ lbs

45 – 55 lbs

Medium frame men

150-180 lbs

55 – 65 lbs

Large frame men

180+ lbs

65 – 75 lbs 

 

Enjoy your hunt and place your arrows in the correct spot!

African bowhunting packages information for South Africa

Bow hunting in Africa with outfitters that care about you, the hunt and the quality trophies you harvest. Make sure you bring along your bowhunting equipment because bow hunting accessories are hard to come by when out in the harsh African bush. We do not mind if you hunt with a compound bow, longbow or with traditional archery, we want to see you have the best African bow hunting safari available.

We offer hints and tips on shot placement, draw weight and the best arrows and broad heads to use on plains game hunting and dangerous game hunting. We will show you the African bow hunting basics and you do the rest!

All our bow hunting is conducted from pit blinds, ground hides, elevated hides and sometimes even walk-and-stalk. Your level of skill and preference will determine the hunting method. Our supreme bowhunting concessions make it possible for you to hunt 10 plains game species without having to move from one bowhunting concession to another.

Hunting the Big 5 with a bow has some minimum requirements (see bottom of this page) with regards to the draw weight of the bow you intend to use, as is the case with the arrow. The two pachyderms, elephant and rhino, may not be bow hunted in South Africa.

It is recommended that you bring along a suitable video camera and tripod when hunting from a blind. There will be many exciting opportunities for videotaping a variety of animals, including you harvesting the trophy you have thought about for so long.

 

Bowhunting dangerous game in Africa – bowhunting the African Big 5

Bowhunting Africa’s dangerous game has a number of restrictions pertaining to draw weight, arrow weight and the best type of broad head to use. For an up to date legal recommended draw weight for bow hunting in Africa per animal, click HERE.

Please bear in mind that bowhunting the African elephant and bowhunting rhinos is illegal in South Africa. Some Provincial authorities in South Africa also prohibit bowhunting leopard. Please contact us for specific information if you are interested in bow hunting dangerous game by clicking HERE.

Bowhunting lions with a compound bow is legal in South Africa. Please contact us for specific enquiries if you are interested in bowhunting dangerous game with traditional archery equipment by clicking HERE.

 

Bowhunting dangerous game in South Africa – bowhunting the Big 5

In South Africa it is no longer legal to hunt pachyderms (thick skinned animals) like the African elephant and the rhino with a bow. Previously the hunter had to use a bow with a minimum draw weight of 90 lbs to hunt elephant and rhino.

In some of the provinces we have to apply for a permit to hunt Cape buffalo with a bow, but it can be done. Bow hunting lion is permitted while some provinces do not allow leopard hunting with a bow.

Please enquire about the specific animal you would like to hunt with a bow in South Africa.

It is allowed (permitted) to hunt all plains game in South Africa with a bow.

 

African bowhunting safari packages

Bow hunting kudu package              Bow hunting blue wildebeest package

 

South African bowhunting species list of available African game animals to bow hunt in South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris

Here is a list of the South African game animals available for bow hunting South Africa with Hunting in Africa Safaris.

We have tried to concentrate our bow hunting species list to group together those animals that mainly occur on the same property or in the same region.

We also have several other South African trophy hunting game animals available for bow hunting and if the trophy animal you cannot live without is not on our bowhunting specie list please tell us so we can have you bow hunt your favourite African animal.

 

Baboon** Gemsbok Ostrich
Blesbok – common Giraffe Red hartebeest
Blesbok – white Hippo Roan
Blue wildebeest Impala Sable
Buffalo – Cape buffalo (bull) Jackal Steenbok
Buffalo – Cape buffalo (cow) Klipspringer Warthog
Bushbuck Kudu Waterbuck
Bushpig Lion Zebra – common
Duiker – common Lioness  
Eland Nyala  

 

Bow hunting species South Africa