Bow hunting ostrich South Africa
Bow hunting ostrich South Africa is one of the more unusual trophies to harvest when bow hunting plains game in South Africa.
Ostrich have no intrinsic trophy value but have a lot of aesthetic value. The wealth of feathers can be used as decoration or in feather dusters. The leather can be used to make boots, brief cases, hand bags, bill folds, soft cases for rifles and anything else you have a mind to.
Ostriches are very tall and will make an impressive life size mount if you have the space for it. Mostly the torso is used for a wall mount and with an open beak the mount looks impressive.
It would be preferred to use a fixed blade broad head as the arrow needs to penetrate a layer of feathers before hitting the vitals. If a mechanical broad head cuts the large drum stick it will result in a massive wounded bird which is not the objective when hunting.
Make sure the bird is down to the ground before the final approach for your own safety.
Good luck on your next bow hunting ostrich safari.
Below are a number of suggestions with regards to draw weight, shot placement and tips for bow hunting ostrich in South Africa.
Information on bow hunting ostrich South Africa
Bow hunting ostrich prices
Ostrich bow hunting price South Africa for the 2020 bow hunting season is $ 550.
Draw weight bow hunting ostrich
The recommended draw weight for bow hunting ostrich 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 ostrich.
Kinetic energy (KE) required
The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting ostrich is 60 ft / lb.
A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested for bow hunting ostrich in South Africa.
A minimum arrow weight of 450 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting ostrich in Africa.
Average shot distance
Average shooting distance when bow hunting ostrich in South Africa from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 25 yards from your trophy ostrich.
Suggested broad heads for bow hunting ostrich 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
Shot placement bow hunting ostrich
Ostrich have a rather small area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.
Place the shot slightly forward on the shoulder of the ostrich in line with the front of 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 ostrich expiring in the least amount of time.
Quartering to shot
On a quartering to shot it is recommended to place the arrow approximately where the neck joins the brisket. A well placed shot should result in immediate expiration.
Quartering away shot
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 preferably behind the leg closest to the bow hunter.
Tips when bow hunting ostrich
The following tips for bow hunting ostrich are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.
Ostrich usually come in to water as and when they please. If you have half a mind to bow hunt an ostrich any opportunity should be taken when it presents itself.
Best time of year to bow hunt ostrich
Ostrich can be bow hunted any time of year.
We can and do bow hunt ostrich from January to December.
We look forward assisting you on your South African ostrich bow hunt.
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