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Sable

The Sable is one of the most popular trophies that can be taken on a hunting safari in South Africa. Here follows a couple of interesting facts and features about the majestic Sable:

 

Appearance

The Sable is a large and handsome antelope. Sable bulls are characterized by shiny black coats with white underparts and white facial markings. Cows and young are dark brown/reddish brown in colour. Both bulls and cows have long horns, which are ridged, and which curve backwards. The horns of the sable bull are exceptional and the longest of any African antelope, excepting the kudu.

 

Diet

Sable are grazers which crop grass at a relatively high level off the ground. Their diet consists predominantly of grass.

 

Breeding

The gestation period of sable are 270 days, after which they give birth to single calves.

 

Habitat

They prefer open savannah woodlands, in which they select for medium height, good quality grass cover. They normally live in herds of up to 30, but larger herds are not uncommon. Sable bulls can be very territorial and the challenging interloper is in for a serious encounter if he does not retreat. Combat is usually done kneeling with rapid sweeps of their sharp and powerful horns, which can sometimes result in death.

 

Hunting

Sable are most active during early mornings and late afternoons and drink water at mid-day. Ambush them at drinking places. Do not be under gunned when hunting Sable. Just like the Roan, the .300 caliber and up is your best choice. When you are faced with a side-on view, the high heart/lung shot directed straight up the foreleg about one third into the body is required. Because of the size and aggressive nature of this beautiful antelope, hunting sable can be an interesting endeavour. Be sure to use enough gun, shoot straight and this coveted trophy will be yours! The sable can be very aggressive and will not hesitate to charge if wounded, cornered, or simply feels threatened.

Bow Hunting

Wintershoek Safaris has been in the bow hunting industry since 1982, and we have worked endlessly since then to maintain our flawless reputation. Linksfontein, our bow hunting area, has more than 20 fixed blinds that have been set up and designed using years of experience.

Bow hunting is good all year round, but the best time is May through to October. The reason for this is that those are our dry months, which means food and water are hard to come by and the animals are more concentrated. The animals, therefore, have to come into known feeding areas for water and food. On a good day, a hunter can expect to bag up to 2-3 different species out of a blind. Shots will vary from 15 to 35 yards.

Bow hunting in South Africa is most definitely one of the most challenging methods to hunt. It will test all your skills, concentration and patience. Our bow hunts are mostly done out of blinds but you are of course also welcome to test your skills trying to walk & stalk. All scent lock, camo, and bowhunting accessories are beneficial.

Our areas also allow for a combination of bow and rifle hunting without having any negative influence on the blinds and bowhunting success. This allows for friends with interest in both to visit us at one time or it allows you to try your hand at both which normally makes for a great experience.

A bow hunting safari should normally be longer than a rifle hunting safari.  The reason being that it takes more time and persistence to get your preferred species.  If you are a bow hunting enthusiast wanting to come to South Africa to hunt truly magnificent animals, do not wait too long!

Being under the African sky, feeling the sun on your face and the smell of veld might just be one of the best and most memorable things to experience and remember

Planning your first hunting trip – Hunting for Beginners

To some, hunting is second nature.  But if you haven’t hunted before, it might feel a little overwhelming.  And even if you have hunted before, there will always be something new you can learn.   All of us have to start somewhere. Here is a couple of pointers and tips to help you keep ahead of the game!

Firstly, you need to prepare well in advance for your first hunting trip.  When you do go out into the bush for the first time, you will need to be educated and familiar with your chosen equipment.

Find a Mentor / Be an Apprentice

Find someone to go on a hunt with.  Go without your gun and simply watch them hunt, and learn from them.  This will let you get a feel for it and see what it’s like.  If you respect the hunter and nature well enough, he might even let you in on some of his secrets.

Check the Law and Regulations

Ensure that you are up to date with the latest hunting and rifle laws in your area/country and that you understand them.  Also, ensure that you have the right licenses.

Gun Safety Rules

Before you handle a gun, make sure you read and understand the rules of basic firearms safety. It’s always a good idea to review these rules from time to time, even if you are experienced with guns. Depending on where you live, there might even be some hunter’s safety courses available.

Practice

You need to practice shooting to become proficient.  It is important to get comfortable with your choice of rifle or bow.  Head to the range and get started.

Rifles

Don’t hurry out to buy a gun. You can practice with borrowed guns. If you have friends and family who will go to the range with you and let you shoot their guns, that’s great. If not, try calling some local ranges. Tell them you don’t have a gun but you would like to try shooting. Many ranges and farms offer guns for rent.

Gear for beginners

You will need some basic gear in order to begin hunting, including comfortable clothing, a strong sharp knife, good footwear, etc. But you absolutely do not need to go out and spend lots of money on the latest camouflage or equipment.  Expensive gear simply is not necessary. Make sure you can stay warm and dry and comfortable, and that you can perform all the tasks you need to do.

Start small

Small game hunting is often a great way for a beginner hunter to learn because it usually offers more opportunities and a greater chance for success. It also provides a successful hunter with a taste of what’s to come, should he or she keep on hunting and move on to larger animals in the future.

Enjoy every moment

The most important is to get out there and enjoy yourself. Hunting is one of the very best ways to spend time. It will provide you with a better understanding of (and a greater appreciation for) wildlife and how animals live in the wild and a deeper appreciation for all types of life.

References

www.thoughtco.com/hunting-for-beginners-1927277

hunting.outdoorzy.com/10-steps-to-start-hunting-for-a-beginner

Do you consider yourself a Female Bow Hunter?

There is a dramatic increase in the numbers of female bow hunters.

The notion of women hunting is not a recent phenomenon, but as ancient as civilization itself. Stories of huntresses are plenty and even in mythology it remains a powerful theme. It seems as if the most powerful mythological huntress is Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and daughter of Zeus. Not only was she known as the goddess of hunt, but also as the goddess of wild animals, wilderness, chastity, virginity and the natural environment. She protected nature and the hunt and both wild and tame animals were under her protection. Artemis was usually depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrow.

Although bow hunting has always been part of the hunting industry, it has seen significant growth in recent years. The National Sporting Goods Association reported a growth in female bow hunters from 500 000 in 2014 to 800 000 in 2009. The thrill and rush of the bow hunting industry has set a new challenge for our female hunting partners and thus the enormous rise in numbers.

Other reasons why females hunt is to spend time with friends and family, for sport and recreation and to be close to nature. New initiatives teach females’ new skills that wasn’t necessarily learned when they were young. Skills such as rock climbing, fishing and of course archery are explored and acquired.

Bow Hunting Gear

Gone are the days where women used men’s equipment. Nowadays females are able to do what they love, whilst looking stylish and practical while doing it. The increase in appropriate apparel have increased markedly in the last decade.

The compound bow that you make use of must be designed to match the archer’s measurements in order to work properly. If one design feature is slightly out of sync, your ability to shoot will be handicapped. This means that a bow with a specific draw length needs to be matched with an archer with the same draw length measurements.

“Female archers can expect to find bows offering the same features, just scaled down to weigh less. Compound bows feature adjustable draw weights and lengths. The archer has the choice to tune their bow to the specifications that suit them. They also allow the archer to play with their draw weight as they gain more experience.

The potential to draw the bowstring will likely max out at 24 inches. The largest measurement is about an arm span of 75 inches, which ends up converting to a draw length of just over 30 inches. It is also important to remember that this measurement may also be limited if you are going to hunt in cold conditions, and wear multiple heavy layers.”

Best Compound Bows for Women

It is widely accepted that the best compound bows for women are the following:

  1. The Bear Cruzer
  2. The PSE Chaos FC
  3. The Diamond Infinite Edge
  4. The Bowtech Carbon Rose

Female hunting success

Another interesting opinion from various professional hunters (PH’s) are that women are in most cases very successful hunters, sometimes even more so than men. We all know that success, breeds success. Reason for this success, is that women seem more inclined to listen to the advice of professional hunters and that they tend to make double sure of their aim before taking a shot.

Sources
thebestcompoundbows.com/for-women/ (reference and read more)
www.bowhuntingmag.com/women/the-rapid-rise-of-women-in-bowhunting/
www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/Artemis/artemis.html
greekgodsandgoddesses.net/goddesses/artemis/