Bow hunting red hartebeest South Africa
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Bow hunting red hartebeest South Africa is bow hunting for one of the more unusual looking antelope species. Red hartebeest have trophy value and can be registered with the different hunting organizations as such.
Red hartebeest have a very distinctive facial structure with bow-legged horns that rise upwards and back. When the back section of the horns flair out it is known as the Harley Davidson type horns.
Red hartebeest are gregarious animals that prefer the companionship of other members of the same type. They are larger than nyala but smaller than kudu. Red hartebeest along with blue wildebeest, black
wildebeest, tsessebe and blesbok are carriers of the nasal bot fly larvae. Elephant and rhino are also known carriers of these pest flies.
Mechanical broad heads and fixed blade broad heads can be used when bow hunting red hartebeest. Care must be taken for any pass-through arrows.
Red hartebeest along with blue wildebeest and black wildebeest make striking trophies in their unique differences.
Good luck on your next red hartebeest bow hunting safari.
Below are a number of suggestions with regards to draw weight, shot placement and tips for bow hunting red hartebeest in South Africa.
Information on bow hunting red hartebeest
Red hartebeest bow hunting prices
The cost for bow hunting red hartebeest South Africa for the 2020 bow hunting season is $ 1 250.
Draw weight for red hartebeest
The recommended draw weight for bow hunting red hartebeest 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 red hartebeest.
Kinetic energy (KE) required
The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting red hartebeest is 60 ft / lb.
A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested for bow hunting red hartebeest in South Africa.
A minimum arrow weight of 450 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting red hartebeest in Africa.
Average shot distance
Average shooting distance when bow hunting red hartebeest in South Africa from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 25 yards from your trophy red hartebeest
Suggested broad heads for bow hunting red hartebeest 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 red hartebeest.
Bow hunting red hartebeest shot placement
Red hartebeest have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.
Place the shot right behind the shoulder of the red hartebeest 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 red hartebeest 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.
Red hartebeest shot placement diagram
Tips for bow hunting red hartebeest
The following tips for bow hunting red hartebeest are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.
Red hartebeest 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.
Red hartebeest come to water cautiously and weary the whole time. Red hartebeest will often stand some distance away from the water and approach a few steps at a time. Due to the availability of these animals they are one of the 10 most popular animals to bow hunt in South Africa.
Best time of year to bow hunt red hartebeest
Cape buffalo hunts can be conducted year round. December, January and February are usually very hot which may lead to some discomfort if you are sensitive to heat. The lodges we stay at all have air conditioning and swimming pools allowing one and all to cool off when things heat up.
Our recommendation for the best time of year for bow hunting African Cape buffalo would be from April to October / November.
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