Here are two photos from my August hunt to the Nyampala GMA in the Luangwa valley of Zambia with PH Strang Middleton. I went there specifically for Cookson Wildebeest as they live only in the Luangwa valley and Nyampala is probably the best area for them.
The croc was a bonus and my best croc to date at 14 feet 4 inches. I shot this croc at 30 yards from a Double Bull blind we had set up at the edge of the riverbank. We had seen him earlier in the hunt and he was so huge we knew it was this croc or nothing. We staked out half of the wildebeest carcass in shallow water and soon there were over 20 crocs of all sizes tearing and rolling at the meat- an incredible sight. This ancient croc was reluctant to come in and stayed in deep water until the other crocs had nearly finished the bait and he came up into the shallows for a share. I shot him with my 82 pound elite a big expandable. I have taken several crocs with a bow and I feel that a lung shot with normal arrows is the best way to shoot them. The fishing arrow, heavy line, and float meathod they use for gators is not needed for croc hunting. When you shoot a croc through the lungs they almost immediately crawl out of the water on the river bank or a sand bank to get the entrance/ exit holes out of the water so they dont drown. It might take awhile but they will die on the bank and be easily recovered. I do not recommend a heart shot as it kills them too quickly and they might die in deep water. A big broadhead through the lungs is the best way. The lungs extend far back in the body- in fact they almost run the entire lenght of the body cavity. You can shoot a croc just in front of mid- body and a bit high and it will be a solid lung hit. A hit too low might hit the heart and miss the lungs and a shot just behind the shoulder misses everything. A bowhunt for big crocodile is one of the most exciting hunts in Africa and I highly recommend it.
The Cooksons wildebeest was the biggest bull we saw in a week of hunting and should smash the world record for archery if I enter it. Strang is an excellent PH and especially good with bowhunting. I introduced him to bowhunting 15 years ago and he has really taken to it.
Here are Crocodile bowhunting shot placement images to visualize lung shot.
Well done Steve, very informative writeup.
Priceless information for any bowhunter looking at taking a Croc! Thanks Steve.
Steve both are exceptional trophies, and that with bow amazing!
Louis van Bergen
Awesome report, but you may have just cost me a few bills on my next safari. This sounds just to fun.
Congradulations Steve, crocodile with a bow is truly amazing!
That is awesome! Congrats on a very fine and unique archery trophy.
Great information and very nice animals.
Congratulations on the beest and the croc.
Thanks for the interesting information too.
Thanks for sharing the brilliant information & exquisite trophy photos , that croc is a monster. Congratulations!!!