Draw weight and KE for African bow hunting

Bow hunting Africa plains game has minimum draw weights associated with it. Here is a list of the recommended draw weight African  game when you decide to bow hunt in South Africa. The guide is based on the body mass of the animal, the arrow having a minimum mass of 7,5 grains / lb draw mass, and a minimum two bladed, steel cutting edged broadhead of minimum 28 mm width (1,1”). With compound bows delivering more kinetic energy (KE) as they develop, the draw weight table below can be used as a guideline.

Bow hunting African dangerous game has strict legal prescriptions with regards to minimum draw weights. Here is a list of the recommended draw weights for Africa dangerous game when you decide to bow hunt in South Africa.

The guide is based on a minimum two bladed, steel cutting edged broadhead of minimum 28 mm width (1,1”). Never use a mechanical broad head for bow hunting Cape buffalo. The sheer body mass of a Cape buffalo will limit the penetration of mechanical broad heads to the extent the vitals will not be reached.

Draw weight bow hunting African game: plains game

BUSHBUCK Draw weight for bow hunting bushbuck: 55 lb

Average bow hunting distance bushbuck: 25 – 30 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting bushbuck: 50 ft / lb

DUIKER Draw weight for bow hunting duiker: 40 lb

Average bow hunting distance duiker: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting duiker: 40 ft / lb

ELAND Draw weight for bow hunting eland: 95 lb

Average bow hunting distance eland: 25 – 30 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting eland: 60 ft / lb

GEMSBOK Draw weight for bow hunting gemsbok: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance gemsbok: 25 – 28 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting gemsbok: 60 ft / lb

GIRAFFE Draw weight for bow hunting giraffe: 95 lb

Average bow hunting distance giraffe: 25 – 35 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting giraffe: 95 ft / lb

IMPALA Draw weight for bow hunting impala: 55 lb

Average bow hunting distance impala: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting impala: 50 ft / lb

JACKAL Draw weight for bow hunting jackal: 40 lb

Average bow hunting distance jackal: 18 – 20 yards from a blind

Kinetic energy for bow hunting jackal: 40 ft / lb

KUDU Draw weight for bow hunting kudu: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance kudu: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting kudu: 60 ft / lb

NYALA Draw weight for bow hunting nyala: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance nyala: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting nyala: 50 ft / lb

OSTRICH Draw weight for bow hunting ostrich: 55 lb

Average bow hunting distance ostrich: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting ostrich: 70 ft / lb

RED HARTEBEEST Draw weight for bow hunting red hartebeest: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance red hartebeest: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting red hartebeest: 60 ft / lb

ROAN ANTELOPE Draw weight for bow hunting roan antelope: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance roan antelope: 25 – 30 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting roan antelope: 70 ft / lb

SABLE Draw weight for bow hunting sable in Africa: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance sable in Africa: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting sable in Africa: 60 ft / lb

STEENBOK Draw weight for bow hunting steenbok: 40 lb

Average bow hunting distance steenbok: 18 – 23 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting steenbok: 40 ft / lb

WARTHOG Draw weight for bow hunting warthog: 55 lb

Average bow hunting distance warthog: 15 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting warthog: 60 ft / lb

WATERBUCK Draw weight for bow hunting waterbuck: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance waterbuck: 20 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting waterbuck: 60 ft / lb

ZEBRA – COMMON Draw weight for bow hunting zebra in Africa: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance zebra in Africa: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting zebra in Africa: 60 ft / lb

ZEBRA – MOUNTAIN Draw weight for bow hunting mountain zebra: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance mountain zebra: 18 – 25 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting mountain zebra: 60 ft / lb

Draw weight bow hunting African game: dangerous game

The following table is an indication of the bow draw weights for bow hunting dangerous game in Africa in South Africa. Please note that it is illegal to bow hunt pachyderms (thick-skinned animals) in South Africa. The pachyderms you may not bow hunt are the African elephant and white- and black rhinos.

With the advancement and development of technology with regards to bow hunting in general, the average draw weight required to hunt African dangerous game and African plains game is becoming less relevant. With Kinetic Energy (KE) playing an ever increasing important role in the art of

bow hunting, bows with lesser draw weights can inevitably deliver more KE with more killing power. Please do not ignore draw weight completely, but use the following information as a guideline.

Kinetic energy is the energy an object has because of its motion.

Below is a table to see which draw weight for bow hunting the African Big 5 is applicable to which animal.

CAPE BUFFALO Draw weight for bow hunting Cape buffalo: 95 lb

Average bow hunting distance Cape buffalo from a blind:  20 – 30 yards

Average bow hunting distance Cape buffalo on a walk-and-stalk bow hunt: 35 – 45 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting Cape buffalo: 80 ft / lb

 

AFRICAN ELEPHANT Illegal to bow hunt in South Africa

 

HIPPO Draw weight for bow hunting hippos: 95 lb

Average bow hunting distance hippo: 25 – 35 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting hippos: 95 ft / lb

 

LEOPARD Draw weight for bow hunting leopards in Africa: 70 lb

Average bow hunting distance for leopards in Africa: 35 – 50 yards

Kinetic energy for bow hunting leopards: 60 ft / lb

 

LION Draw weight for bow hunting African lions: 95 lb

Average bow hunting distance for African lions: 30 – 45 yards walk-and-stalk only

Kinetic energy for bow hunting African lions: 60 ft / lb

 

LIONESS Draw weight for bow hunting lioness: 95 lb

Average bow hunting distance for lioness: 30 – 45 yards walk-and-stalk only

Kinetic energy for bow hunting lioness: 60 ft / lb

 

WHITE RHINO Illegal to bow hunt in South Africa

 

BLACK RHINO Illegal to bow hunt in South Africa

 

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