Go Big or Go Home
When we think of BIG game in Africa we often think of the Big 5 or the Deadly 7. It is right of us to think this because those animals certainly justify the term BIG. My meaning of the term BIG took a large turn on my recent trip to South Africa with Sidebar Nkwe Hunting Safaris.
A year and half ago I had an up close encounter with a Giraffe. It was immense and powerful and majestic all at once. I was amazed at how quickly it was able to move and disappear while standing 20 feet tall. It was there and it was gone. I saw Giraffe on two occasions and became enamored with them instantly. I was not able to hunt one because of budgetary reason, but it is an animal that I do want to visit at some point with my Mathews bow.
The Proverbial: “There is nothing there”
I like to think that I am a pretty good spot and stalk hunter. I have spent the last 7 years hunting the west for Mule Deer and Elk and have done very well. Much of that hunting is spot and stalk hunting. I have been able to read the sign and react accordingly to make the right decision at the right time and harvest some exceptional game.
Most people who have been to Africa would agree that the trackers there are the best in the world. They can pick out a specific animal in the midst of hundreds of tracks. They will follow it at a normal walking pace when I can’t even see a track. They are simply amazing.
It is always a tremendous thrill to take someone to a new place to hunt a new species. That is doubly true when taking a first timer to hunt South Africa. It is even better when that first timer is not only going to a new land to them, not only going to see things they have never seen, not only going to experience beautiful plains game animals, but in addition to all those realities they are going to hunt a lion.
That is exactly what happened on my recent trip to Sediba Nkwe Hunting Safaris www.sedibankwe.co.za . I had the privilege of hunting with my good friend Chris Crites on a 10 day Safari in South Africa. We had planned for months, saved for months, and were prepared to go. The agenda would start off with a complete focus on hunting a 6-8 year old mature male lion.
Archery Hunting the Screaming Giant
There really are very few things in this world that get a hunter’s heart racing more than a massive bugle of giant bull elk. The sound, especially when close by, sends shivers up one’s spine and gives a person goose bumps all over. It seems to me that even after years of chasing these majestic monsters, the feelings that overtake my body at the sound of bugle has not waned one bit.
Archery hunting an elk is an amazing endeavor. I have hunted all kinds of animals with my bow and very few bring the kind of excitement and adrenaline rush as hunting elk. This is especially true if you have the privilege to hunt an elk during the rut. That is the time of year when the elk bulls are bugling and they become more susceptible to getting arrowed by the prepared archer.
There are all kinds of methods and techniques to hunting elk with the bow. Many people have put all their eggs into one basket as far as their preferred method or approach to an elk hunt. I have found that a well rounded elk hunter will have many approaches to hunting this great animal. I would like to share with you the learning curve and experience of a North Eastern Whitetail hunter turned elk fanatic.
Hunting In The Night
In many places the option to hunt at night does not exist. In other places the option exists for limited species. I just got back from an African Safari in which there was bait set for Leopard and Hyena. One of the aspects of hunting this type of game in Africa that is unique is that much of the hunting will happen at night.
I was equipped on this hunt with my Bear Archery Motive 7 bow which was outfitted with my number one choice, the Spot Hogg 7 pin Hunter Wrapped Sight. This sight has been on every bow I have shot for the last several years. I love all of the advantages of this site and the .010 diameter pins that I am able to get for it. The sight is my choice because it truly is the best hunting sight on the market.