Best techniques for arrowing a Bushbuck?

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Africa' started by AZ~Rich, May 3, 2011.

  1. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich AH Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    13
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    South Africa
    I'm interested in hearing from those experienced with bushbuck hunts about what techniques were favored. Especially on the ground stalking, setting up drives, etc. I plan to be right in the Limpopo River thickets on this hunt. A couple other questions: When is their rut and do they ever vocalize? If so has anyone ever thought about calling them in with a mimic or setting up a decoy?

    Thanks!! :cool:
  2. hunting

    hunting AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Messages:
    322
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    244
    Member of:
    PHASA
    Hunted:
    Sweden, USA, Brazil, Mexico.,
    Rich i hunt them in the Limpopo and Eastern Cape, i have tried to Call them without any luck, i have rattle horns ( on demand of a client from Houston no luck ) the only time you hear them is when they bark but then it is normally to late. My best bushbuck hunts is early mornings when the fog just clear the water of the Limpopo if you hunt very thick brush then the best is to wait, they also walk footpaths a big Maroela or wildfig tree can be used as a tree stand. I did hunt a number of Bushbuck out of a tree stand. The area i hunt next to the Limpopo is thick very thick with 8 feet reeds nothing like to walk this reeds but the bushbuck does. One time we did see the tracks of a good male up and down a footpath we did check the track and found that he uses this route to get to the water and back to a hideout or feeding area, we were lucky as we had a very small opening on one side of the footpath, using heavy cammo we waited him out.
    Good busgbuck hunting to me compares to the big ones lots of people dream about .
    Good luck .
    Johan
    Then sometimes it just happen!!!
  3. henrygriffiths

    henrygriffiths AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    1
    My Photos:
    6
    Member of:
    phasa
    I found on my hunting areas the best way is to locate a ram with trail cameras and then to ambush him or to place a saltlick in the area with a blind or treestand. its fun hunting! beware they can be dangerous when wounded!
  4. BRICKBURN

    BRICKBURN SUPER MODERATOR CONTRIBUTOR GOLD BENEFACTOR AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    Messages:
    6,905
    Likes Received:
    113
    My Photos:
    396
    Member of:
    KZN Hunters Assoc
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Canada, USA, Mexico
    Me too!
  5. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich AH Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    13
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    South Africa
    Thanks to all for your input. I do like the idea of setting up some trail cameras to locate the ram I would be interested in hunting per each available area and set up some tree stands. My outfitter has suggested doing some drives in the area which has been successful in the past. However, I hope my outfitter has some cameras and tree stands to set up.
  6. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich AH Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    13
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    South Africa
    I just wanted to ask those of you who hunted them regularly if you could give me some advice around their habits. Here are a number of questions which might help me. If you can think of anything else that is most relevant, please add-on.

    -Do they herd up at all or are they mostly solitary?
    -What month does their rut occur and are rams easier to spot then?
    -Are they mostly nocturnal, being active early morning and/or dusk, or are they more active midday?
    -How dense are their populations? In good habitat are they generally spread out pretty thin?
    -What is the best habitat/vegetation varieties to look for them in?
    -What is their favored food- plant variety?
    -What fills your idea of a trophy Limpopo bushbuck ram? probable length (avg, definate shooter and exceptional)?
    -Do they mingle well with other game species? If so which ones?

    I know these are numerous Qs but it should be a great help to prepare for July's hunt.

Share This Page