Bow hunting waterbuck South Africa
Bow hunting waterbuck can be challenging when a herd of waterbuck visit the waterhole. Waterbuck often enter larger waterholes with adults drinking from the center of the waterhole. As far as can be established there is no apparent reason why the adults move into the water apart from cooling down.
Waterbuck have long gray hair from the neck, that extends along the whole of the body. A variety of oil glands secretes oil onto the body resulting in grimy hands after loading a trophy hunted waterbuck onto the back of the truck.
Preferably any bow hunter should use fixed blade broad heads for bow hunting waterbuck. These are tough larger framed animals that will take a hit well.
Only bull waterbuck have horns that curve forward. Waterbuck cows do not have horns.
Good luck on your next bow hunting waterbuck safari.
Below are some suggestions with regards to shot placement, arrow weight, draw weight and other technical information.
Information on bow hunting waterbuck South Africa
Bow hunting waterbuck prices
The cost for bow hunting waterbuck South Africa for the 2018 waterbuck bow hunting season has been conformed at $ 2 200 for the 2018 African bow hunting season.
Draw weight bow hunting waterbuck
The recommended draw weight for bow hunting waterbuck in South Africa is any increment greater than minimum draw mass. Any draw weight equal to or greater than 70 lb is recommended for bow hunting waterbuck.
Kinetic energy (KE) required
The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting waterbuck is 60 ft / lb.
A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested for bow hunting waterbuck in South Africa.
A minimum arrow weight of 450 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting waterbuck in Africa.
Average shot distance
Average shooting distance when bow hunting waterbuck in South Africa from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 25 yards from your trophy waterbuck.
Suggested broad heads for bow hunting waterbuck in South Africa would be a minimum of 100 grains (gr) to 125 grains (gr)
A cut on contact fixed 3-blade broad head
Rage II mechanical broad head
A fixed blade 2-blade broad head with bleeders
You decide which brand broad head you would like to use when bow hunting waterbuck.
Bow hunting waterbuck shot placement
Waterbuck have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.
Place the shot right behind the shoulder of the waterbuck in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the chest to the top of the back.
This shot should result in a high heart / lung shot leading to the waterbuck expiring in the least amount of time.
Quartering to shot
Quartering to shots are not recommended due to the very heavy brisket area and the sheer depth of the chest.
Quartering away shot
On a quartering away shot care should be taken not to attempt to have the arrow penetrate through too much stomach content. Place the arrow in a spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs into a position one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.
Waterbuck bow hunting shot placement diagram
Waterbuck bow hunting tips
The following tips for bow hunting waterbuck are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.
Waterbuck usually come in to water during the mid-mornings anywhere from about 9 am – 11 am and then for a second round from about 3 pm onwards till dusk at about 5:30 pm during our winter months.
Waterbuck come to water cautiously and weary the whole time. Waterbuck will often stand some distance away from the water and approach a few steps at a time. Due to the cost of these animals they are not one of the 10 most popular animals to bow hunt in South Africa.
Big waterbuck bulls will always be in the back of a herd when approaching water. They will often walk into a the water if a waterhole permits such actions.
Best time of year to bow hunt waterbuck
The waterbuck rut starts roughly after the fourth week of April (can differ slightly according to different regions and from year-to-year) and lasts until about June.
During or after September the bulls form bachelor herds and even may become solitary. We suggest the best time of year for bow hunting waterbuck in South Africa would be between May and October lasting from the start of the waterbuck rut to almost the end of the dry season.
We can and do bow hunt waterbuck from January to December.
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