Bow hunting eland South Africa

Bow hunting eland in South Africa.

Bow hunting eland South Africa requires patience, top notch bow hunting equipment and a steady hand to place the arrow in the correct spot. Eland are the largest antelope in South Africa.

Further down in the shot placement section it is said not to take a frontal shot. The magnificent dewlap on eland makes the trophy seem even larger than it is. Once a hunter comes face-to-face with one of these magnificent creatures, he will realize why a frontal shot is discouraged.

Eland are gregarious which simply means they like to be in herds. The safety in numbers theory works well with these very large antelopes.

South Africa is also home to Livingstone eland, a close relative that mainly occurs North of the Limpopo into Zimbabwe. The most majestic of the three African subspecies of eland is the Lord Derby eland that mainly occurs in Central Africa.

Eland offer a large area in which a correctly placed needle will cause severe damage to the vitals leading to recovery of the trophy within a short distance.

Large eland bulls (Cape eland: Taurotragus oryx) can weigh up to 2 000 lb testing the loading abilities of staff and vehicle alike.

Good luck on your next bow hunting eland trip.

Eland bow hunting prices

Eland bow hunting prices 2020 and 2021 will be $ 2 350.

In the odd event we have non-trophy and female cull hunts available these animals will be priced at $ 800 per animal. Female eland may only be cull hunted from April to June. Cull animals may not exchanged for trophy animals on any bow hunting package. Cull animals may only be bow hunted in addition to your booked package hunt.

Bow hunting eland prices

Information on bow hunting eland South Africa

Eland bow hunting draw weight

The recommended draw weight for bow hunting eland 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 eland.

Kinetic energy (KE) required

The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting eland is 60 ft / lb

Bow hunt eland draw weight
Arrow information

A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested for bow hunting eland in South Africa.

A minimum arrow weight of 450 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting eland in Africa.

Average shot distance

Average shooting distance when bow hunting eland in South Africa from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 25 yards from your trophy eland.

Broad heads

Suggested broad heads for bow hunting eland 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.

Bow hunting eland arrow information
Bow hunting eland average shot distance

Shot placement bow hunting eland

Broadside shot

Eland have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.

Place the shot right behind the shoulder of the eland 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 eland expiring in the least amount of time. Care should be taken in calculating where to place the arrow due to the large brisket area of eland. Please allow extra distance upwards for shot placement.

Quartering to shot

A quartering to shot must only be attempted by experienced bow hunters using bows with at least an 85 lb or larger draw weight. This is due to the large brisket area the arrow needs to penetrate before hitting any vital organs. These shots must only be attempted at short distances of 20 yards or less.

On the whole we do not recommend quartering to shots on eland.

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. However, a quartering away bow shot on an eland can be placed by bisecting the angle formed by the front feet into a position slightly less than one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.

Facing on shot

A facing to bow shot on an eland must be avoided. Eland bulls have a thick, heavy dewlap that deflects arrows. See the picture of an eland dew lap on the right.

Bow hunting eland South Africa
Tips for bow hunting eland South Africa

The following tips for bow hunting eland are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.

Eland 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.

Eland come to water cautiously and weary the whole time. Eland cows and calves will often come to water in a hurry. Due to the sheer size of these animals they are one of the more popular animals to bow hunt in South Africa.

Best time of year for bow hunting eland

It is better to bow hunt eland from about mid-April to end October during the dry season.

We can and do bow hunt eland from January to December.

Bow hunting packages 2020 and 2021

Plains game bow hunting in Africa safaris South Africa

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Kudu package

$6 450
  • kudu OR eland OR waterbuck
  • blue wildebeest OR zebra
  • impala
  • 2 X warthogs
  • 7 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • Kudu bow hunting packages
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Nyala package

$ 6 450
  • nyala OR a kudu
  • decide between a zebra OR a bushbuck
  • blue wildebeest
  • impala
  • do not pass up on a warthog
  • transfers included
  • Bow hunt nyala package Africa
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Spiral horn grand slam

$7 950
  • trophy kudu
  • trophy eland
  • trophy nyala
  • trophy bushbuck
  • 7 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • African spiral horn bow hunt
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Dangerous game bow hunting in Africa safaris South Africa

Don’t just take it from us, allow your nerves to let your string fingers do the talking!

Cape buffalo

$8 500 /starting at
  • Cape buffalo bull < 40”
  • OR
  • Cape buffalo bull > 40”
  • OR
  • Cape buffalo bull > 45”
  • 5 – 7 hunting days included
  • Cape buffalo bow hunt Africa
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African lion bow hunts

$ 9 990/starting at
  • African lion as per category
  • free lioness as per category OR
  • two free lionesses as per category
  • Observers no cost for duration of the lion hunt
  • 3 – 5 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • Bow hunting African lion
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Lioness bow hunt

$5 999
  • African lioness
  • Observers no cost for duration of the lioness hunt
  • 3 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • African lion bow hunting
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Crocodile bow hunts

$POA
  • 1 X crocodile as per size discussed
  • ideal as an add-on to a dangerous game hunt
  • 3 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • Bow hunting crocodiles South Africa
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