Bow hunting impala South Africa

Bow hunting impala South Africa

Bow hunting impala can be likened to bow hunting white tail deer. The one is to South Africa what the other is to NA. They are one of the cheapest animals to hunt and there are plenty of them. Anyone who starts bow hunting in South Africa will either bow hunt impala, or warthog.

Impala are one of the Top 10 most desired antelope species to bow hunt when it comes to international hunters visiting South Africa on a bow hunting safari. During the rut (end April and May) impala are vocal in their calls that consist of a lot of blowing and gurgling.

The body frame of impala are such that mechanical broad heads can be used. Impala are slightly smaller than white tail deer. A factor bow hunters wishing to bow hunt impala must remember is the severe amount of string jumping these beautiful animals do when shot at. Allow at least 6” down from point of impact to point of aim.

Review our impala bow hunting video in slow motion to see how much they jump the string.

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

Good luck on your bow hunting impala bow hunt.

Impala bow hunting prices

The impala bow hunting prices 2020 and 2021 South Africa have been confirmed at $ 450.

Impala cull bow hunts are available on almost all properties. Non-trophy and female impala can be hunted in addition to your booked hunting package. Cull animals cannot be exchanged for trophy animals. Female animals can only be hunted from April to June. Impala cull hunting animals are $ 150 each.

Impala bow hunting prices South Africa

Information on bow hunting impala South Africa

Draw weight for impala

The recommended draw weight for bow hunting impala in South Africa is any increment greater than minimum draw mass. Any draw weight equal to or greater than 55 lb is recommended for bow hunting impala.

Kinetic energy (KE) required

The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting impala is 50 ft / lb.

Arrow information

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

A minimum arrow weight of 380 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting impala in Africa.

Average shot distance

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

Broad heads

Suggested broad heads for bow hunting impala 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 impala.

Draw weight bow hunting impala
Bow hunting impala broad heads

Handy information about bow hunting impala in South Africa

Best time of year for bow hunting impala

The impala 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 rams (males) form bachelor herds and even may become solitary. We suggest the best time of year for bow hunting impala in South Africa would be between May and October lasting from the start of the impala rut to almost the end of the dry season.

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

Tips for bow hunting impala South Africa

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

Impala come to water cautiously and are weary the whole time until they start drinking. Impala females will often stand some distance away from the water and approach a few steps at a time with the young ones rushing in to be at the water first. The mature males will mostly be at the back of the herd making sure all is well before committing to the drinking trough.

During the impala rut the males are vocal and busy retaining their harems or fighting for mating rights. This makes them run up and down vocalizing and fending off possible intruders. When the herd leaves the dominant male will remember why they were at the water in the first place and return for a quick drink.

Bow hunting impala arrows
Below is one of our impala bow hunting videos

Shot placement when bow hunting impala South Africa

Broadside shot

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

Place the shot right behind the shoulder of the impala in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the chest to the top of the back. The dark brown area along the flanks will be a good indication of the height where the arrow should be placed.

Impala are extremely prone to jumping the string. Caution must be taken to aim at least 4″ lower than the intended point of aim.

Quartering to shot

On a quartering to shot it is recommended to place the arrow midway between the angle formed by the front legs, approximately where the neck joins the brisket. These shots are mostly risky and should only be attempted by experienced bow hunters using bows with a draw weight in excess of 80 lb.

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.

Bow hunting packages South Africa 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
Full details

Dangerous game bow hunting in Africa safaris South Africa

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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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