SOUTH AFRICA: BOWHUNT: Huntershill Safaris-East Cape
A resounding ten!
That's the score I would give to Huntershill Safaris if hosting a bow hunt was an Olympic sport. They performed flawlessly. I was treated like royalty, and I look forward to a potential return trip in 2014.
My travel companions and I arrived in Johannesburg on the 18th of July-five people total. We had ten solid days of hunting ahead of us, and we were well prepared to make the most of our adventure.
Day one through three had my group in and out of the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. We hunted five female Cape buffalo on a 40,000 acre concession south of Kruger Park, very near the Mozambique border. By the end of day one, three rifle hunters had their buffs in the bag. We two archers were not successful until day two. While approaching a waterhole, we (my PH Rusty Coetzer and I) surprised by a group of 40-50 cows, young bulls and calves. It was from this group that I was able to land a perfect double lung/heart shot on an unsuspecting buff. I buried a 745 grain arrow and a 300 grain VPA broadhead from an 80 pound PSE X-Force through both sides. The buffalo trotted 30 yards and collapsed. She was finished in less than thirty seconds. Naturally, this was one of the highlights of my trip-preparation and dedication made short work of a game I've wanted to play for the last four years.
We spent day three driving 13 hours to the Stormberg Mountain in the East Cape. It is here, on the 55,000 acre Wildschutzberg Game Reserve, Huntershill Safaris calls home. It was awesome to be back among friends! And I must say, these mountains are a spot and stalk bow hunter's paradise! The vast broken terrain provides ample opportunities-a place where your hunt can be easy [blinds] or difficult [on foot]. You get to decide! Quality and quantity of game is superb!
In the end, seven magnificent animals will make their way back to America. Two were taken from a blind (genet cat and zebra). The rest were arrowed from the ground, after a belly crawl and/or a good pursuit.
I am terribly sorry for passing over details, but I would like to save the particulars for an article. It is more important at this time to give a call out to Huntershill Safaris for an absolutely wonderful adventure. They truly went above and beyond! A huge THANKS to Rusty Coetzer and Boyce Frans. Your two are the best!
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