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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
Every hunter who has travelled to South Africa will tell you that it can be quite a task to import your rifles. If you follow the correct steps and know what the firearm regulations in South Africa are, then this process can be a lot less daunting. Here follow some of the most important regulations that you should be aware of:
Firstly, if you decide not to hassle with the exportation and importation of your own firearms in and out of countries, Wintershoek Safaris has a battery of firearms available to hunters to rent. The firearms available to rent are of good quality and under the personal care of the Professional Hunters (PH’s).
It is highly recommended that you apply for your temporary importation permit or in-transit permit prior to your arrival. This will not only save you time, but your arrival will be much more hassle free. There are various service providers that you can use to assist you with this process.
The most important regulations that you should be aware of:
- You may only import a maximum of four firearms or shotguns per applicant.
- You may not import more than one of the same caliber or gauge.
- Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed.
- No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted.
- Firearms must bear the manufacturer’s serial number or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified.
- The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel, the frame or the receiver of the firearm.
By law, a minimum calibre of .375 is to be used to hunt any of the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant). A .375 is also a very versatile calibre and can also be used on every plains game species. Good soft-nose ammunition is always recommended, but especially for Big Five species. As recommended for all plains game species, calibres such as .300 Win mag, 338, 7mm, 30-06 and similar are best suited for African antelope.
We strongly recommend the pre-arranged firearm import service that Africa Sky Guesthouse offers. Africa SkyGuest house will pre-arrange your rifle permit. They will also meet you in the arrivals hall with your pre-arranged permit and assist you with the collection of your rifles.
Most importantly, bring the rifle that you shoot with the best and feel most comfortable with. Professional Hunters prefer good shot placement over and above any high power firearms. Please contact us at email@example.com should you require any more information in this regards.
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.