Bow hunting crocodiles in South Africa

Crocodile scientific name: Crocodylus niloticus

Bow hunting crocodiles in South Africa is one of the ultimate dangerous game trophies when bow hunting dangerous game in South Africa.

Bow hunting crocodiles South Africa requires a permit to authorize a hunter to use a bow and arrow. The process is rather tedious, but we take care of the paperwork after we asked you numerous questions to forward to the authorities.

Crocodiles cannot the bow hunted while in the water as the vitals are hidden. Head shots and shots to the back should be avoided due to the thick, scaly skin deflecting the arrows.

The hunter needs to wait until the crocodile is in such a position where an arrow can enter the vitals on a full broad side shot, or at the very least, an open neck area where the arrow can penetrate sufficiently.

Below are a few suggestions with regards to draw weight, shot placement and tips for bow hunting crocodiles in South Africa.

In the instance of bow hunting crocodiles, the bow hunter needs to stay away from mechanical broad heads. Fixed blade broad heads are the only way to go and get a broad head with the largest possible cutting edge that your bow will shoot accurately.

Bow hunting crocodiles in South Africa information

Crocodile bow hunting prices

The crocodile bow hunting prices 2020 South Africa are calculated per foot overall length. There are a number of suppliers whom we can make use of and would like to individually price every application for a crocodile hunt.

Kinetic Energy (KE) for bow hunting crocodiles

The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting crocodiles is 77 ft. / lb.

Draw weight bow hunting crocodiles

The recommended draw weight for bow hunting crocodiles 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 hippos.


Average bow hunting distance

Average shooting distance when bow hunting crocodiles in South Africa are seldom further away than 20 to 30 yards from your trophy crocodile.

Broad heads for bow hunting crocodiles

A fixed blade 2-blade broad head with a 2” cutting width will yield the desired results. You decide which brand broad head you would like to use when bow hunting crocodiles.


Bow hunting crocodile arrow information

A minimum arrow weight of 695 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting crocodiles in Africa.

Bow hunting crocodiles shot placement

Broadside shot

Crocodiles have a rather small area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.

Depending on the available angle, place the shot right behind the shoulder of the croc. This shot should result in a lung shot leading to the croc having to breathe regularly above water.

A shot to the exposed neck of a crocodile could lead to the spine being severed. A neck shot is the desired area to place your arrow.

Tips for bow hunting crocodiles

The following tips for bow hunting crocodiles are done from the perspective of hunting from a blind along the banks of a river or lake.

Using a fishing system and attaching the end of the line to a float will increase your chances of retrieving your trophy crocodile in a river system.

Crocodiles always seem to be sleeping but the instant they sense any danger a mad dash ensues to water with nothing visible sticking out above water.

A bow hunter must wait for the croc to be out of the water or at least in shallow water where the vitals can be reached on a broad side shot.

Have metal hooks attached to a long rope ready to retrieve your trophy crocodile.

Bow hunting crocodiles is to complete the bow hunting of the Dangerous Seven or the Big 7.

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Best time of year for bow hunting crocodiles

We suggest the best time of year for bow hunting crocodiles are between September and April. Reason is that crocodiles are more active during the warmer / hotter months.

Crocodiles can be hunted year round.