Bow hunting kudu South Africa
Bow hunting kudu South Africa is bow hunting the most sought after and popular antelope to bow hunt.
Kudu are the iconic and ultimate plains game trophies for most bow hunters. It is slightly smaller in body size than an elk and is not as heavy set as elk. Bow hunting kudu with the correct equipment often results in a clean pass-through. Please ensure no other animals are behind the kudu you want to bow hunt.
Kudu are extremely weary and have large ears like radar stations. They use their ears to significant effect and are bow hunted from a blind.
Kudu cows and their young are gregarious (herd animals) and prefer to stay in small herds. Dominant bulls join the smaller herds and fight for mating rights. Bulls join herds during the rut (end April to mid-May) where after they become solitary or join other kudu bachelor herds.
Bow hunting kudu in South Africa is one of the greatest achievements for any bow hunter hunting plains game. Take your time and release the arrow when you are confident of a perfect shot.
Below are a number of suggestions with regards to draw weight, shot placement and tips for bow hunting kudu in South Africa.
Large kudu bulls do not grow large because they are stupid. During the rut, the large bulls allow juvenile kudu and kudu cows to approach the water trough first. The bulls tag along right at the rear of the herd and only approach when convinced there is no danger.
A bow hunter must know of any creaks or sound effects when moving inside the blind. The faintest sound will alert kudu allowing the hunter to see their dust only. A face mask is recommended.
Good luck on your next bow hunting kudu South Africa safari.
Information on bow hunting kudu South Africa
Kudu bow hunting prices
The kudu bow hunting prices 2019 South Africa is $ 2 750 for the duration of the 2019 kudu bow hunting season.
Draw weight bow hunting kudu
The recommended draw weight for bow hunting kudu 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 kudu.
Kinetic energy (KE) required
The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting kudu is 50 ft / lb
A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested for bow hunting kudu in South Africa.
A minimum arrow weight of 380 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting kudu in Africa.
Average shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when bow hunting kudu is 20 – 25 yards when still hunting from a blind.
Suggested broad heads for bow hunting kudu in South Africa would be a minimum of 75 grains (gr) to 125 grains (gr)
The best broad heads for bow hunting kudu in South Africa would be a cut-on-impact 3-blade-broadhead. These would include, but will not be limited to:
Rage II mechanical broad head
Bow hunting kudu videos
Below is one of the kudu bow hunting videos. Please visit our African hunting videos section for more videos.
Bow hunting kudu shot placement
Kudu have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.
Place the shot right on the shoulder of the kudu 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 kudu expiring in the least amount of time.
The lungs extend high and rather far back to the extent that an arrow can be placed as far back as the first stripe on the side.
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 kudu shot placement diagram
Bow hunting kudu tips
The following tips for bow hunting kudu are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.
Kudu 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.
Kudu do not walk to water like amateurs; kudu make an appearance. Kudu have a certain attitude about them leaning to where it almost seems they feel other antelope species are inferior to them. This along with a fine set of spiral horns makes kudu the most sought after bow hunting trophy in Africa.
Best time of year to bow hunt kudu in South Africa
The kudu 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 kudu in South Africa would be between May and October lasting from the start of the kudu rut to almost the end of the dry season.
South African kudu bow hunting packages 2019