Bowhunting Packing List?

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  1. dustyvarmint

    dustyvarmint AH Senior Member

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    I looked about and didn't see a bowhunting packing list here.

    Anyone have one they'd share?

    Thanks, dv
     
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    Hi there dustyvarmint,

    This all depends on where you are going to hunt. For instance we have a bow shop on the farm and you will not need to take any bow spares with you. In South Africa it is quite easy to get spares for your bow or to help you with a bow, but as soon as you are crossing it's borders I will advice you to take a spare bow on your hunt.


    List of things to remember



    • Rifle or bow that you are the most comfortable with
    • Bow must be minimum of 50#
    • Enough bullets or arrows. Bullets +/- (60) Arrows and Broad heads +/- (18)
    • Camera with spare batteries and spare memory card
    • Video Camera optional
    • Good set of Binoculars
    • Your own personal medicine if applicable
    • Sharp knife optional
    • Sun Block
    • Comfortable boots to hunt with. And a spare set
    • Dark clothing (Brown or blue) or camouflage clothing. Please do not go and buy more if you have enough dark clothing
    • Long pants and repellent spray to help prevent tick bite fever
    • Bow hunters must bring a range finder
    • A small back pack to put all your equipment in while hunting
    • Tissues or wet wipes (one box)
    • You will receive a cap and one shirt from Leeukop Safaris
    • One warm jacket for a cold day
    • A torch

    Last but not least remember to enjoy your hunting experience with Leeukop Safaris!!!
     
  3. dustyvarmint

    dustyvarmint AH Senior Member

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    Thanks, that gets me started.

    happy hunting, dv
     
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    That should get you started.

    Depending where you are hunting and what time of the year you might want to make sure you have enough warm clothing.

    Layers concept works great as early morning and late afternoons can get very cold especially to and from the hides.

    During the day it normally warms up real nice.
     
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    Check your PM's. I will send you the lists i send to my clients.
     
  7. dustyvarmint

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    Thanks Tom.

    Checking that stuff out Jerome. I figured you had that stuff somewhere here. I just didn't look in the right places.

    happy hunting, dv
     
  8. Bowhunting Grandpa

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    Packing list

    Dustyvarmint,

    Eventhough most items are covered by the list referred to by Jerome, there are a couple of items that I consider way more important than most of the others. And, that is a spare string and spare cable(s). If you accidently cut your string etc. with a broadhead on your first day, your trip is ruined. The spare string shoud be complete with a peep, nocking point and loop, and it should be shot enough shots on the bow so that it has settled.

    To be able to replace a damaged string you need to bring a portable bow press. Very few outfitters have any archery tools in the camp, so this is absolutely vital. Another item that is nice to have is a spare release. The release can easily be lost, or forgotten out in the veld.

    Do not bring too much underwear, socks and leisure clothing etc. Most outfitters offer daily laundry, so you won't have any problems.

    Have a nice trip to the Dark Continent.
     
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    the "hunting gear for bow hunters" link is dead. Just an FYI Jerome
     
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    All fixed. Much appreciate you letting me know! (y)
     
  11. Lrntolive

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    I will add one caveat to the list of bowhunting items as I'm making one myself for my trip to Namibia.

    I had planned to take my portable bow press, but my new bow, PSE Dream Season Decree, is past parallel by more than 6 degrees. Portable bow presses will not work on most past parallel limb bows. Your only option in an emergency is to use a set of ratcheting straps to fix your bow. Risky, but if you have a mishap in Africa, then it would be worth it just to fix your bow. I'm pretty sure your PH will have a set of those lying around.

    Here are some of my bow items I'm taking:
    String serving - learn how to serve your string. You don't need a press for this.
    D-loop material - You don't need a press for this either.
    Torx or/and allen wrenches - My bow has both so I have to have them. Get smaller travel size wrenches.
    Bow and arrow (string) level - This is in case your D-loop breaks or you have to reserve and reset your nock position. Makes life quick and easy
    String separator - In case a peep flies out of the string
    Spare springs for arrow rest - In case you have a drop away rest. D-loop can replace the trigger cable in case it breaks
    Spare sight - In case you drop your bow and break the pins. Probably only happens with spot and stalk, but that's what I'm planning
    Plenty of broadheads and/or blades - this all depends on the type of broadheads you're using. I put mine in a small Flambeau organizer tray with Zerust to prevent moisture from causing rust
    Twice as many arrows as animals you plan to take
    String wax
    Machine oil for the axles - A little goes a long way
    Spare release or release parts - This depends on your type of release
    Spare string and/or cables - Again, only if you can press your bow
    Field points for practice prior to hunt

    Other items like rangefinders, binos and camera gear have already been stated. Good luck!
     
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    Regarding bow I think the best preparation for the hunt is to double check that high quality cables, string, d-loop, bow in general is in top condition. Don't take a bow with fuzzy strings to Africa, and make sure for example peep is properly tied in. Properly tied d-loop or peep will never fail.

    I also try not leave my bow to common area in the camp or give it to anyone to carry.
     
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    Never say never. That's when bad things happen.
     
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    Dustyvarmint, Don't forget new or spare batteries for cameras and range finder
     
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    For all hunts this is sound advice.
     
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    I also take two bolts with rubber tubing on them to stick through the cams for string changing even works on past parallel bows.
     

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