Bow hunting nyala South Africa
Bow hunting Nyala South Africa is bow hunting for one of the most beautiful antelope species in Africa. Nyala are a member of the spiral horn (Tragelaphus) family of antelope.
Here are a few more members of the spiral horn family of antelope in case you wanted to bow hunt all the spiral horned antelope of Africa:
Greater kudu, bushbuck (all subspecies), mountain Nyala, lesser kudu, sitatunga, bongo, Lord Derby eland and the Cape-, or common, eland.
Nyala have an explicit way of exhibiting their prowess during the rut before they fight with rival bulls for mating rights. They walk stiff-legged picking up their feet in slow, dramatic movements.
They arch their heads forward and lift the white hair on their backs. Circling each other they attempt to intimidate their opponent before getting involved in a severe fight. The loser retreats strategically.
Nyala have the most beautiful yellow color on the bottom section of their legs with a very hairy belly. This is one of the few animals that begs to become a life-size mount.
Nyala are smaller than kudu and mechanical broad heads can be used. Due to the bow hunting prices of Nyala the bow hunter must make sure of his shot placement before releasing the arrow.
Good luck on your bow hunting nyala safari.
Below are a number of suggestions with regards to draw weight, shot placement and tips for bow hunting nyala in South Africa.
Information on bow hunting nyala
Bow hunting nyala prices
The cost for bow hunting nyala has been retained at $ 2 450 for the 2019 African bow hunting season.
Draw weight bow hunting nyala
The recommended draw weight for bow hunting nyala is any increment greater than minimum draw mass. Any draw weight equal to or greater than 55 lb is recommended for bow hunting nyala.
Kinetic energy (KE) required
The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting nyala is 50 ft / lb.
A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested
A minimum arrow weight of 380 grains (gr) is suggested
Average shot distance
Average shooting distance when bow hunting nyala in South Africa from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 25 yards from your trophy nyala.
Suggested broad heads for bow hunting nyala 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 nyala.
Shot placement bow hunting nyala
Nyala have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.
Place the shot right behind the shoulder of the nyala 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 nyala expiring in the least amount of time.
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.
Tips for bow hunting nyala South Africa
The following tips for bow hunting nyala are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.
Nyala 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.
Nyala come to water cautiously and weary the whole time. Nyala will often stand some distance away from the water and approach a few steps at a time with the young ones running towards the water. Due to the high price of these animals they are not one of the 10 most popular animals to bow hunt in South Africa.
Best time of year for bow hunting nyala South Africa
The nyala 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 nyala in South Africa would be between May and October lasting from the start of the nyala rut to almost the end of the dry season.
We can and do bow hunt nyala from January to December.
We look forward assisting you on your South African nyala bow hunt.
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