Crocodile bow hunt

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Africa' started by Fritz Rabe, May 19, 2012.

  1. iamyourhuckleberry

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    I would really like to do an archery croc/hippo hunt in 2014. So naturally, I'm soaking up any information I can on this endeavor. Thanks for sharing Fritz!

    Steve Korbine shared similar information w/ me, while I was in Reno for the SCI Convention. He pretty much said the same thing-shoot a croc half way between the front and rear legs-mid way up the body. Do you have a bow weight recommendation? Can I use a lighter draw weight bow (thinking in terms of better accuracy and remaining seated in a blind situation)? What ranges should a peson expect?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I almost forgot this story. Started reading it a few days ago and got side tracked by that dam work thing. Work always get in the way of my AH reading! Thanks again for the great read!
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    You could perhaps do it with a normal 70lb bow but your location is more important than your bow. I have done a few crocs over the years and found out the hard way that not every place that have crocs is suitable to hunt them with a bow.
    To hunt them the way that Steve does you need the perfect location. It is the one animal that gives us a lot of problems with getting the right location with the right size croc.
    Crocs are COMPLETELY different to Gaitors in temperament and behavior.
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    Fritz,

    Steve shared the exact information you have given me. I have my eye on an outfitter in Zambia. The plans are not solid, but I have begun the process. I will be hunting with three other gents all wanting to collect big five and dangerous game trophies. I am so looking forward to the day!
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    Zambia is a great place. Depending on where you go, you will have a great time. I wish you the best of luck.
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    As comical as this story is, re-reading it several times now, sounds like going after a Grizzly with a toothpick. Sorry Fritz, I want no part of it.:p
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    Hi Fritz

    As a fellow South African, I'm going to comment in your mother tongue !

    " Fritz, jou kop raas verskriklik ! "
    ( roughly translated - Fritz, you hear terrible noises / sounds in your head ! - ie: you must be MAD ! )

    Great story bud, there is NO WAY, you gonna get me into that water after a wounded Croc !
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    :D Like I said before.
    I have grown some brain cells since then. :)

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