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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/

What you need to look for when selecting a Taxidermy Service

You’ve just had the most amazing African hunting experience and you have lots of stories to tell everyone at home about the hunt, the people and the wildlife of Africa.  Now all that is to remain, is evidence of this amazing safari.  Photographs can always be photo-shopped, but not trophies!  The issue as to where to take your trophies is a very important consideration.  Choosing the correct Taxidermy is very important because a bad decision or even a cheap option can ruin your trophy forever.

African San Taxidermy Studio is situated in the heart of South Africa’s Northern Cape. This is an ideal location, as it places the studio at the epicenter of a true hunting paradise. Clients’ preferences are extremely important and are valued by this studio. From looking at different photographs to looking at real examples of different mounts, they really try to get the mount as right as you want it to be.

Creativity comes naturally to the dedicated team of taxidermy professionals.  The taxidermist’s see each mount, not only as work to be finished but as an individual work of art.  Hunters and outfitters from across the African continent trust African San Taxidermy Studio to continually produce exceptional trophy mounts, full mounts, and all other taxidermy products. One of the reasons for this, is the appropriate systems and structures are in place to make sure that you get the highest standard trophy.  Clients receive their completed, professionally packed trophies in countries all over the world, including the USA, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Spain, Germany, and France. Their current turnaround time is approximately 6 months, after confirmation of order, until the day of delivery to your export company.  The African San staff is continually the exposal of the client to aid in this process and to make sure that you get your trophy on time and in good quality.

When choosing the right Taxidermy, be careful of super low prices. Good quality taxidermy work include good quality of materials to be used for tanning etc.  If you receive quotes that are outside the market price, it always raises the question whether your taxidermist used good quality materials.  You want your trophy to both look good and to last!  And with staff at the African San Taxidermy, that has more than 30 years’ experience, you can be assured that your trophies are in good hands.

As state veterinarian-approved high-risk taxidermy, African San Taxidermy Studio complies with the strictest standards set by authorities in South Africa and all other countries around the world. They can import from all African hunting destinations and export to any country in the world.

You can always trust African San Taxidermy Studio to make sure you’ll forever remember your wonderful African hunting experience.

www.africansan.com

Bow-hunting with a bushman field guide in South Africa

Bushman field-craft is important to consider when planning a Bow-hunting Safari. The Northern Cape Province is ideal for Bow Hunting because of the type of vegetation also called Kalahari Bushveld from where our name also originated. Classic Bow Hunting Safaris into Africa have become increasingly popular amongst discerning archers with a variety of species on offer.