First trip to Africa Archery Only, Walk-and-Stalk only advice!!!
i am new to AH and am very excited to find a place with so many knowledgeable people on Hunting Africa. like most americans i have always dreamed of going to africa. it came alot sooner than expected but i just put my deposit in for this april for a hunt in the eastern cape of south africa. i am only taking my bow as i am an avid archer and don't want to tempt myself with a rifle. my outfitter is zungah safaris owned and run by chris bolton. i met him at the ise in denver colorado. have talked to him for the last year and i am very excited about the oppurtunity to hunt walk and stalk only in africa. i have never had any desire to stand hunt as i see no difference between that and rifle hunting. i understand it is a very effective was to harvest animals with a bow however does not have my interest. i have a few questions about gear and really just general advice for the hunt.
i am thinking of using sitka gear optifade open country which has been AMAZING for north american big game. has anyone ever used this for archery hunting in africa? did it work? i am considering taking optifade forest with me as well though i think that will be to much of a micro pattern for farther encounters better to have options i think. what patterns have you been successful?
what are some tips for walk and stalk archery on eland, kudu, waterbuck, impala, wildebeest (blue and black), hartebeest, grey duiker klspringer, african lynx, ostrich? i will not be able to take all of these animals however if an opportunity arise i will take a shot at any of these animals. i know alot of these are exteremley difficult to harvest spot and stalk with a bow but you never know what might happen when you are out there.
black wildebeest is the animals that has most of my attention. i have heard these are very hard to get with this style of hunting however i love the challenge of hunting such a smart tough animal in less than ideal terrain for archery. how can i maximize my opportunities on a BWB?
i will be hunting solo as my ph understands that getting 1 person in on an animal is hard enough but getting 2 is making it harder than it needs to be. any gear or advice of what i should bring along to be ready for a full day in the bush solo?
my typical tactic for hunting deer and elk in colorado and wyoming is getting high spotting an animal feeding or beded than making my move going very slow untill i can take a shot. is this effective in africa? should i try to ambush more or is stalking in possible?
does anyone walk and stalk archery hunt consistently? i had trouble finding a ph that was so adiment about walk and stalk only hunting. he has a few references but not a lot because he said that very few are willing to walk and stalk arxhery hunt and most would rather blind but he is very against this, except for problem baboons.
any advice tips or help would be very much appreciated. can't wait to get out there.