A bow has no "knock down" power. A arrow and broad head was designed to cause death by blood loss,cutting arteries and piercing lungs and other vital organs.
I am sure head shots have been taken at soft skin game with a bow and worked,on DG the skulls are far thicker and better protected. Screw a 500gr solid onto a arrow and see how it does as far as penetration goes,you would be lucky to kill a bird. Can't compare bullets with arrows,two tools working on completely different principles.
I completely disagree redruff. Every PH I've had the pleasure to have known has always put in 100% effort. Despite what some stupid coaches say, there's no such thing as giving 110%. It may take longer to get to shooting range but that's all.First off. I have respect for the bow hunters out there. The reward in taking any game with a bow is "twice the reward" as I consider it twice as difficult to bag whatever game you are after than the rifle hunter.
That said, in the case of any Dangerous Game I believe the PH,Trackers, Trophy Fees etc should also receive "twice the reward". Meaning that if you want to hunt Elephant with a bow you should be willing to pay twice as much as the rifle hunter because the level of danger and the work is twice as hard.
Now, I am sure I will get some sort of backlash from this stance so let's here it gentlemen.
I completely disagree redruff. Every PH I've had the pleasure to have known has always put in 100% effort. Despite what some stupid coaches say, there's no such thing as giving 110%. It may take longer to get to shooting range but that's all.
Tips are an optional amount. If the trophy fee was twice the amount for a bow hunter than a rifle Hunter and it was fixed. That covers the added danger and time needed. And again I would expect the same PH to receive an adequate tip.That is where tips come into play.
A hunt is only dangerous if someone can shoot straight, otherwise a bow hunt is the same as any other hunt. Probably more rewarding according to my experiences, because most likely you will have to get super close and get only one shot.
I have many friends that have taken the BIG 5 with bow and arrow....they had no problems. I would not consider myself no less a hunter than them, they had more time and deeper pockets than me. It took a lot of hunts to collect those animals. One guy took 3 leopard hunts to get his animal. And the money thing never bothered me....otherwise we couldn't be friends.
are you saying "a hunt is only dangerous if someone can't shoot strait"?
Cross bows ate not legal to hunt with in zim.As a side note I think our much discussed "Cecil" was shot with a crossbow from some of the reports I read- so much misinformation out there so don't know if that is true or not. I have a growing interest in bows and crossbows so I try to read all I can. If the crossbow reference is true I think most crossbows these days have some pretty whopping kinetic energy but if not put in the right place it can be a problem. If true I'm not sure if crossbows are even legal in Zimbabwe..
Just as was said, there are different calibers of rifles out there, with that there are also different bullets based on the job they have to do. it is the same with bows and arrows. Enough animals have been hunted with bows to prove that all Africa game (including the big 5) can be taken ethically with a bow and arrow. The question and answer is the same for both rifle and Bow. You need to reach the vitals with your projectile, you need to disrupt the oxygen flow to the brain and muscle, a rifle does that with disruption and tearing of tissue, the arrow does that through cutting. In both cases you either puncture the lungs and chest cavity, they collapse depriving the blood brain of oxygen or you can damage the heart and arteries and deprive the oxygen of their transport by an drop in blood pressure.
Just as it is the rifle hunters responsibility to select the appropriate caliber, bullet of significant strength to hold together to reach the vitals it is the archers responsibility to make sure he is using the appropriate arrow,broad head and bow of sufficient power to propel that combination into the vitals to ensure a quick death
Ethical hunting is not having the right equipment, that is common sense, ethical hunting is not taking the shot when you are not 100% sure that it will be a quick clean kill
I am still questioning this though.
By this rationale it would be ethical to hunt an elephant with a 6mm as long as you place your shot properly...
Have I got this wrong?