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How to have a Successful Hunt in Economic Challenging Times

What do you do if you are wary of the economic situation, but also in love with hunting?  The answer is simple – Make sure that when you hunt, it is a successful hunt.

Economic Challenging Times

A few global events took place in 2016 that led to a wariness of the economy by the general public.    Uncertainty still seems to be present in both Europe and US.  In Europe, the British vote to leave the European Union in 2016 after years of increasingly ambivalent membership was greeted with a mixture of defiance, fear, and jubilation.  It is likely that this will lead to important implications for global trade in the coming years and has therefore led to a certain amount of uncertainty.

The election of Donald Trump as the US President in 2016 is also another event that came as a surprise to the world.  Trump has made news about his talk of changing foreign policies and to build a wall to separate the United States and Mexico.  It is expected that President Trump’s foreign policy decisions will dominate the news in 2017, and possibly redefine America’s relations with the world.  This might also lead to a certain amount of wariness among the general public.

The Hunter in Economic Challenging Times

Despite these global events, a positive global economic outlook for 2017 is still predicted.  The uncertainty has however resulted in a wariness of hunters to travel internationally.  This is understandable as the impact of the world economy has an impact on our everyday lives.  Perhaps the most easily seen impact is a hunter’s own currency against the currency of the country he/she hunts in.  It is now more important than ever before those hunters get value for their money.

For a lot of people, these economic changes could implicate that their hunting trip is not an annual holiday anymore, but it is now a trip of a lifetime.  It is therefore recommended, that when you hunt, you must ensure that it is a successful hunt.

Successful hunting tips

Here are some ways to have a successful hunt despite economic challenges:

  • Make use of a hunting outfitter with an excellent reputation. Most hunting outfitters provide references and hunters are usually more than willing to provide information about their past hunts.  References should include information about the hunting ethics of the outfitter, professionalism, planning and communication and hunting opportunities.
  • Plan your hunt with precision. Your hunting outfitter should help you with information about rifle licenses, transportation etc.  This will keep you from wasting money on unforeseen circumstances.
  • Make sure you know exactly what is included in the daily rate.   Things like food, drinks, PH, hunting vehicle, trackers, daily laundry, VAT etc must be considered. There is nothing worse than receiving your invoice and seeing that there are a lot of extra costs (hidden costs) included.
  • Find out if your deposit refundable in the case of a cancellation.
  • Consider combining your hunting trip with a sightseeing trip. Some don’t know whether they will visit the country again, so making the most of the time you have, is important.
  • The quality of the lodge. Although there are individual differences, most hunters prefer good quality lodges.  Remember that you spend hard days in the bush and that you do not want to be uncomfortable at night. Make sure that the hunting outfitter and country is able to provide the type of accommodation you prefer.
  • The size of the hunting area. This is important, as it will impact your hunting experience.  You do not want to walk into a fence every few miles.   Make sure that the hunting area is big.  The area must also comprise out of one large hunting area, instead of a few divided areas.
  • Not all lodges have Wi-Fi and it is, therefore, important to find out beforehand the availability and policy of Wi-Fi at the chosen lodge.

Keeping these small, but important things in mind will help you make the most of your safari and will ensure that you have the best hunting experience.


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.

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Where to learn your hunting skills

Hunting is not just going out into the bush and shoot the animal. Hunting is hard work. Your knowledge and skill will be tested to the utmost extreme.

There are of course various institutes where you can sharpen your skills, but most of your knowledge and skills would have come from your dad or grandpa. From your young days you would be out hunting with dad, observing, learning… And when the time is right, get your opportunity. But if you did not have this opportunity and want to start hunting now, here are some pointers on getting started:

Shooting Practice
In order to do this you would need a gun. Do not go out and buy one. Rifles are expensive and you don’t want to spend your hard saved money on a rifle and then later decide that hunting is not for you. It would be ideal if you knew someone with rifles. That person can then also give you some advice and pointers, especially on gun safety. You can also go to your local shooting range. They will help you and there are usually various courses that you can also do. Learn about guns and how they work, and as mentioned learning about gun safety is the most important! The more you practice, the better you’ll get.

Getting started
You will probably not know where to start. Get in contact with a hunting association that is dedicated to Conservation through sustainable utilization. One such organization in South Africa is CHASA (The Confederation of Hunting Associations of South Africa). There aims to represent the hunter in securing the freedom to hunt. This is achieved through promoting sustainable ethical hunting practices through leadership and advocacy of all matters related to hunting and the freedom to hunt. Associations like this will be more than willing to help. In the States it is very similar. Take advantage of all the help offered.

Buying a rifle
When you feel that this is you, then buy yourself a rifle. Before you can do this you first need to get a firearm license. You will need to undergo training at an accredited institution and obtain a training proficiency certificate. You must successfully pass the prescribed test to prove your knowledge of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 as well as the prescribed training and practical test regarding the safe and efficient handling of a firearm at an accredited training provider. Once you have obtained the competency certificate, you can apply for the firearm license at your nearest police station. You need a license for every firearm that you possess. (This is how it works in South Africa).

Hunting is one of the ways to get as close to nature as possible. Get out of the busy life in the city and enjoy nature at its very best! Good luck and remember, safety and ethical hunting always comes first.


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Wintershoek Safaris Annual PH Meeting

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We had our Annual PH meeting on Tuesday (February 28, 2017) at Linksfontein Lodge. Although meetings were the order of the day, we got the opportunity to catch up after not seeing each other for a while! It is always a great reunion when the whole team gets together! On Tuesday night we had an inside braai while the rain was pouring outside! We are all set to go for the rest of the year and all the hunting that awaits!