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Is September a good time to hunt plains game in South Africa?

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    Hello everyone, I will be taking my first safari to SA next year I would like to know how you experienced hunters feel about hunting plains game in September? The game I will be targeting will be Nyala, kudu, bush buck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, and water buck. Is this a good time to hunt the game I have mentioned? If not what is your recommendation keeping in mind I may be taking my wife along.

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    Hello everyone, I will be taking my first safari to SA next year I would like to know how you experienced hunters feel about hunting plains game in September? The game I will be targeting will be Nyala, kudu, bush buck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, and water buck. Is this a good time to hunt the game I have mentioned? If not what is your recommendation keeping in mind I may be taking my wife along.
    May through September is the "season" in RSA for plains game.
    July and August are coolest and the driest. My faves.

    Although I am starting to think about getting partial to May with Kudu rutting then.
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    Do you think September will be a good time for the game I am looking for?

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    I have been there in September for 2 of my trips and it's a perfect time for weather and for the vegetation to be not as think. Now saying that last September we came over and a huge cold front came through and it was freezing and I was not prepared for the cold mornings but by afternoon it was great.
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    Do you think September will be a good time for the game I am looking for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRICKBURN View Post
    Just fine.
    Thanks for the info. I think September will be my choice.

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    thanks.. I will pack some thermal underwear just in case. my Sitka underwear will suit me just fine if I need it.

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    You should have a great time.... Any time spent hunting is good.. enjoy the planing bet you can't wait!

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    We were in the Kwa-Zulu Natal in early September back in 2007. Snowed a couple of days and rained the rest. Froze my arse off. Take warm clothes depending on the area you are going. Like Jaco said...anytime spent hunting is good!
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    Your so right! I've dreamed about hunting Africa for as long as I can remember. No at age 56 I will finally have my chance.

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    I will be on the eastern cape 1 hour from Port Elizabeth, hopefully the weather will cooperate!

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    Hi Johnny

    September will be fine. It will be spring there and new growth. I also have hunted in September in SA. While we saw many kudu we did not see the big one's, so that will be a spot and stock. The other trophy's on your list should be fine. If you have a chance look at a blesbuk if you have a chance, great affordable trophy.


    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyblues View Post
    Hello everyone, I will be taking my first safari to SA next year I would like to know how you experienced hunters feel about hunting plains game in September? The game I will be targeting will be Nyala, kudu, bush buck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, and water buck. Is this a good time to hunt the game I have mentioned? If not what is your recommendation keeping in mind I may be taking my wife along.
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    September is great, less vegetation, less people in the airplanes.

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    Sept is a good time in regards to vegetation. Be aware it is near the end of the "traditional" hunting season and the animals may be a little spookier as they may of been hunted a bit. If it was me I'd plan it for the dark of the moon. Not critical, but I want every edge I can get. Looks like some great animals. I'm sure you will have a great time. Bruce

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    September will be good,almost the best month for visibility,true the animals may be skittish at this time.Enjoy the planning and enjoy the hunt!
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    September weather in the Cape can be cold!, however going further North, the weather will be excellent...
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