Rocco, Bowhunting is legal in most of South Africa’s provinces, although restrictions may be imposed according to species. Requirements may also be imposed for the standard of equipment to be used. Bowhunting in most provinces must be done under special permit which needs to be arranged in advance by your hunting outfitter. Also provinces have different regulations regarding bowhunting dangerous game. Bowhunting Elephant is legal in some provinces of South Africa. Because there is no central location where all of the provinces rules and regulations are posted, you should ask your hunting outfitter to supply you with the latest regulations before booking a bowhunting safari.
Minimum Equipment Requirements for Bowhunting in South Africa
• Big Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 80 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 700 grain
(Elephant, Rhino, Hippo, Buffalo)
• Medium Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 70 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 550 grain
(Kudu, Eland, Oryx / Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Sable Antelope, Roan Antelope, Waterbuck, Tsessebe, etc.)
• Small Game
Bow Kinetic Energy 40 ft/lbs
Arrow Weight 400 grain
(Warthog, Nyala, Springbok, Impala, Blesbok, Duiker, Steenbok, Ostrich, Caracal, Black-Backed Jackal, Game Birds, etc.)
Good answer Jerome.
Rocco I found that each province in SA does have its own rules. So, definitely talk to the outfitter and get the regs. or look up the provinces web site and they post their "Game Ordinance".
you can contact the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA)www.phasa.co.za/ and do an enquiry to them for guidance to the correct provincial authority - depending which provice you are interested to go hunt in.
Rocco, like Jerome said your PH should know and also as FHM just said PHASA should be able to direct you as well.
But FYI, here are a few of the provincial sites I was able to find. One link also may lead to the National legislation. Although these links may only take you to the main sites.
Also, CHASA may have some information. Although this is focused on RESIDENT hunters.
According to the new draft that has just been set out for minimum bullet weight use on species it also stipulates the minimum for bows.
Only buffalo of the is stipulated for the dangerous game with the following minimums:
Kinetic energy not be less than 80ft/lbs and arrow weight not lighter than 750 grains
Just for the record Giraffe as a higher minimum of 90ft/lbs kinetic energy and arrow weight of also 750 grains
No mention is made of any of the big dangerous game animals.
Which does not mean its impossible for anything is possible as long as a permit is given to the hunter to allow him to hunt the way he wants but its not going to be easy.
Mozambique and Zimbabwe would be your better options in Southern Africa.
Great. Thanks Guys.
Just for the record, this is one of the best internet site that I have seen. I've been only ones to South Africa and looking forward to make it a habit to come more often. My next Safari trip will be planned with all the information that I get from AfricaHunting.com.
Leopard Legend....................Hi John.............I see that you have not visited AH in awhile. Hope all is well. I am looking for a hunt in Namibia..............would like to ask a few questions about your hunt.............all the best..............................Bill
Hi Bob, how's things going in Wyong?. Down your way a couple of years back but haven't been in NSW since Ebor for the fishing. just getting over some nasty storms up here in Qld, seeing the sun for the first time in a few days. I'm going to NZ in the spring and hope to clean up a few buns while there and perhaps shake the spiders out of my old .303LE (currently owned by my BIL). Cheers Brian