Crossbow hunting is a unique and familiar outdoor activity in many countries, especially in the African continent where there are various safari services. Even though the practice is not found in every wildlife parks and reserves, a number of countries offer general tourism services. For example, South Africa and Namibia are among the top leading countries where tourism is highly carried out. Other countries rich in wildlife are found in the eastern, western, and northern regions of the continent.
A number of African safaris have been on the rise over the years. Actually, they are governed by state government laws and therefore providing tourists with safe, legal, and unforgettable jungle experiences. The crossbow hunting outfitters in Africa have been on the forefront in providing some of the best hunting experiences to foreigners and local hunters. The activity is undoubtedly on the rise, with quite a considerate number of hunting Safaris offering the services. It is a top notch outdoor activity that tourists get to enjoy, learn new things about African wildlife, and interact with traditional communities.
Where is the fun?
Sometimes hunting in the forest is not just a walk in the park. The bow hunting is quite rewarding, though sometimes extremely challenging. The challenge is a characteristic of a human daily life activity whereby, if no challenge, there is no experience, and therefore no learning involved. It involves a wide assortment of game species to hunt. Some of these games include lions, buffalos, hippopotamus, and leopards in South Africa. Some countries, however, do not allow hunting of dangerous game. For instance, the only permissible dangerous game hunting in Namibia is the Cheetah. It will depend on laws governing wildlife in a country.
In addition to making a trip to Africa a memorable one, there is a variety of trophies that hunters walk away with. In Namibia, for example, the hunting safaris provide amazing and exceptional quality trophies and a chance to be featured in their top 10 all-time book record of the professional hunting associations.
Drawback Weights and Crossbow to Use
There are different types of bows used in bow hunting. Their scope and variety differ from country to country. A legal permit is provided by a government to the hunting safaris or the service provider. For example, the longbow, compound, and re-curve bows are legally permitted in South Africa. The compound bow is a weapon of choice by most sportsmen internationally, and it is commonly used in various South African safaris. Laws permit different draw weight in accordance with the type of game being hunted. The minimum draw weights permissible vary considerably. 50lbs are the minimum draw weight when hunting plains game while 95lbs for dangerous game.
The hunting safaris provide training and ensure that hunters are comfortable with the equipment used throughout the hunting time. It’s important to ensure good practice to improve skills for a well-placed shot and subsequent skill in tracking the wounded animal. Skills on full camouflage and scent detection during hunting expedition are important to master by hunters.
Hunting Area and Timing
Winter period is the best time of the year when crossbow hunting thrives at its best (late May to early September). During this time, indigenous trees have already shed leaves and spotting an animal becomes easier. The logic behind this is scarcity in the amount of water available for the animals, and therefore they crowd around the waterholes to cut thirst. The woodland savanna harboring the majority of African wildlife provides a concession area that allows bow hunting. The terrain offers an inclusive environment despite the open grassland and mountains.
The Common Crossbow Hunting Techniques
Different blinds are used, ranging from thatched grass to ground blinds. They are laid on strategic game trails where they are likely to pass or be encountered by walking animals. Ground blinds are usually set near the animal waterholes which yield a lot of success during the late afternoon and early morning hours. Perfect positioning provides a predetermined win during these times of the day.
Hunting safaris encourage different bow hunting methods which involve the use of strategically set hunting blinds, elevated stands, and ground hides during winter months. They are set at a considerable distance, usually ranging from 10-40 yards closer enough to the game to have a perfect shot without being spotted by the target animal.
Last but not least, spot and stalk technique is another bow hunting method. It is usually applied during the green season since a lot of vegetation cover is available. The green bush is also soft and reduces stalking noise. During this time the amount of water available is enough and therefore less game near waterholes. This method is ideal for hunting those animals that rarely visits waterholes. Also, it goes hand-in-hand with the surrounding camouflage for a successful hunt.