Color phase Springbuck and Blesbok, who has them in South Africa?

Dee S

AH fanatic
Joined
Aug 16, 2015
Messages
558
Reaction score
806
Location
San Antonio, TX
Media
85
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
Nimrod Rifle Club, DSC, SCI, NRA
Hunted
Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, Alaska, Namibia, Botswana
I just got back from hunting with 4ACES OUTFITTERS just outside of Kimberley, South Africa. I had a great time and have no complaints, the story and pictures will be coming soon.
Adam has an incredible operation there and there were more animals than you could imagine on his properties. He had every plains game animal you could think of and a couple I'd never heard of, so it was an exciting place to hunt and I hope to return one day.
I went there with a certain list of animals and none of them were the color phase springbuck or blesbok, but half way through my hunt, I changed my mind and added them to my list. I was able to take a great copper blesbok, but unfortunately, they had received a lot of rain the week before we arrived and the smaller animals were not coming to water as the roads and depressions were still holding water when we left. We saw huge herds of them as we drove the property, they just weren't coming to the water holes and there were way too many eyes in that open country to try a stalk on them.
I'd like to go back and target those animals, so my question is, who else has such a large assortment and variety and is setup for bowhunters? I have no issues with returning to 4Aces as my hunt was a 5 star rating across the board, but I do like to hunt different areas just to see more of the country and to meet new people.
I doubt I could beat the prices or the setup at 4Aces, but I'm willing to be surprised.
 

Spear Safaris

Sponsor
Since 2014
AH elite
Joined
Jan 16, 2010
Messages
1,304
Reaction score
2,209
Location
Limpopo, South Africa
Website
www.spearsafaris.com
Deals & offers
44
Media
1,576
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
SCI life member, PHASA life member
Hunted
RSA, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tanzania, USA, Phillipines

Spear Safaris

Sponsor
Since 2014
AH elite
Joined
Jan 16, 2010
Messages
1,304
Reaction score
2,209
Location
Limpopo, South Africa
Website
www.spearsafaris.com
Deals & offers
44
Media
1,576
Hunting reports
Africa
2
Member of
SCI life member, PHASA life member
Hunted
RSA, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tanzania, USA, Phillipines

Dee S

AH fanatic
Joined
Aug 16, 2015
Messages
558
Reaction score
806
Location
San Antonio, TX
Media
85
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
Nimrod Rifle Club, DSC, SCI, NRA
Hunted
Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, Alaska, Namibia, Botswana
Without giving too much away until I get the pictures and video ready for the hunt report, I'll just say here, I had a lot of bloody arrows early in the hunt and was looking to expand my list towards the end. Again, keeping it short here, I'd like to return and bloody some more arrows on the following plains game.
  • Springbuck, white
  • Springbuck, copper
  • Springbuck, black
  • Springbuck, common - if a real trophy size
  • Blesbok, white
  • Blesbok, Yellow
  • Blesbok, common - if a real trophy size
  • Black Gnu
  • Bushbuck, any sub-species
Requirements for any operation:
  • Bow blinds
    • several, with pictures in advance
    • well placed and setup correctly
  • PH that bow hunts
    • I don't go over there to teach my PH how to bow hunt
  • Low day rates
    • I usually hunt 10-12 days, so high day rates mean fewer animals I poke holes in
And I'll say again, the only reason I'm inquiring about another location is due to the fact that I prefer to hunt different areas and see more of the country. My experience at 4Aces was incredible and his operation will be hard to beat in regards to bow blind setups, quantity and quality to animals seen, food and lodging, dip & pack services, and of course, his day rates and animal price list. Should I not find a place that can beat his prices, then I'll return to Adam without hesitation. A top notch operation and very well run.
If someone sends me to a website that "caters" to bow hunters and I don't see pictures of their bow blinds and there's hardly a bow shot animal in their photo gallery, then I'm moving on.
You all have beds, you all have good food, I just ask that you show me your blinds and proof that you cater to bow hunters. Convince me that you know the needs of a bow hunter.
 
Last edited:

Nyati

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 15, 2011
Messages
9,034
Reaction score
7,299
Location
Madrid, Spain
Deals & offers
1
Media
137
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Europe
2
Member of
RFEC, RFETO
Hunted
Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
Hi @Dee S, glad you had a good time at 4Aces, I´ve hunted with Adam 3 times at his property and also in other provinces of SA, going again in September, first in KwaZulu/Natal, then at the Northern Cape.

Who was your PH ?
 

DE KLERK SAFARIS

Sponsor
Since 2017
AH enthusiast
Reviews
3
Joined
Aug 24, 2016
Messages
328
Reaction score
497
Location
Kalahari Desert South Africa
Website
www.dksafaris.com
Deals & offers
11
Media
313
Member of
Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club, International Professional Hunter's Association, Professional Hunter's Association of South Africa, South Africa Predator Association.
Hunted
Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Argentina, USA.
Hello DEE S
We can help with all the above mentioned species except the bushbuck and the yellow blesbuck.
We do have bow blinds and have PH's working for us that bow hunt themselves.
One of the hunt reports (maybe two) below in my signature is from bow hunters.
I can send you more references from other bow hunters.

We are situated in the Kalahari desert about 450 km north of Kimberley on the Botswana border.
We believe in quality rather than quantity so we only book one group at a time.

Send us an e-mail and I will forward you our price list.

Sincerely
Hans de Klerk
 

Dee S

AH fanatic
Joined
Aug 16, 2015
Messages
558
Reaction score
806
Location
San Antonio, TX
Media
85
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
Nimrod Rifle Club, DSC, SCI, NRA
Hunted
Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, Alaska, Namibia, Botswana
Hi @Dee S, glad you had a good time at 4Aces, I´ve hunted with Adam 3 times at his property and also in other provinces of SA, going again in September, first in KwaZulu/Natal, then at the Northern Cape.

Who was your PH ?
We had several in camp due to the size of our group, and I ended up hunting with 3 different PH's. Heinrich, SP, and BiBi. All were a pleasure to share the blind with. But Adam, Geoffrey, and Chris were also in camp and were helping take hunters out. A lot of good stories around the fire.
 

mdwest

AH legend
Joined
Mar 20, 2016
Messages
2,828
Reaction score
8,170
Location
DFW
Media
48
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Mex/S.Amer
1
Member of
DSC Life Member
Hunted
USA, South Africa, Argentina, Peru
@Bos en Dal SAFARIS has some options for you.. several white blesbok running around (I thought about one of those 2 weeks ago when I was in camp, but a Rowland Ward quality common blesbok showed up.. so we put the stalk on him and put him in the salt instead).. a few black impala (we took one of those last year).. and a couple of different color options on springbok are running around as well..
 

Jaegger

Gold supporter
AH enthusiast
Joined
May 27, 2012
Messages
432
Reaction score
871
Location
US DoD in Germany
Media
5
Member of
Kaiserslautern R&G Club, NRA, SCI, RMEF.
Hunted
Namibia x 5; S Africa x2; Zimbabwe x1; DE, CZ, N. America
@Dee S … I spied what interests you on Huntershill Safaris webpage.

Happy Trails
 

Nyati

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 15, 2011
Messages
9,034
Reaction score
7,299
Location
Madrid, Spain
Deals & offers
1
Media
137
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Europe
2
Member of
RFEC, RFETO
Hunted
Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
We had several in camp due to the size of our group, and I ended up hunting with 3 different PH's. Heinrich, SP, and BiBi. All were a pleasure to share the blind with. But Adam, Geoffrey, and Chris were also in camp and were helping take hunters out. A lot of good stories around the fire.

Great guys, SP was my PH in 2019, and I always enjoy sharing a few drinks and stories with Geoffrey.
 

Hunter101

AH enthusiast
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
316
Reaction score
182
Media
4
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
RMEF,MDF
Hunted
Nambia, South africa, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Pennsylvania, British Columbia, KY,IL, Oklahoma
Nice I like bloody arrows too. Be looking for your report. i hunted with magersfontein safaris years ago. Greg farm was perfect for those anaimals on your list. I'm sure he would give you a great price and bowhunting only. I shot a 17 inch white blesbok. They are pretty dumb animals. Common springbok,zebra and giant blk wildebeest. I shot a bushbuck in the Limpopo with Lakota safaris. I was ready to leave that place after first couple of days. I really didn't care for that place at all. Good luck on your search
 

Dee S

AH fanatic
Joined
Aug 16, 2015
Messages
558
Reaction score
806
Location
San Antonio, TX
Media
85
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
Nimrod Rifle Club, DSC, SCI, NRA
Hunted
Texas, Wyoming, Kansas, Alaska, Namibia, Botswana
Nice I like bloody arrows too. Be looking for your report. i hunted with magersfontein safaris years ago. Greg farm was perfect for those anaimals on your list. I'm sure he would give you a great price and bowhunting only. I shot a 17 inch white blesbok. They are pretty dumb animals. Common springbok,zebra and giant blk wildebeest. I shot a bushbuck in the Limpopo with Lakota safaris. I was ready to leave that place after first couple of days. I really didn't care for that place at all. Good luck on your search
I just sent them an email, thanks for the tip. (y)

And I have followed up on all of the outfitters mentioned so far, but when I see some of the day rates alone, I'm hesitant to investigate further. I know the day rates in South Africa tend to be higher, but I'm on a budget. When I say budget, what I mean is, I have to keep the overall price around $7000, that's my comfort zone for a 12 day hunt. My goal is to bloody as many arrows as I can, whether on trophy or cull animals, it doesn't matter. A mixture of trophy and cull is great, so, the lower the day rate, the more arrows I can let fly.
If the day rate is $350, for a 12 day hunt I'm already at $4200. That leaves me $2800 for animals and if you average trophy animals out at $600 each, then I'll only need to bring 5 arrows with me.
I don't pay to bow hunt in the US, it's just too expensive, especially in Texas. I'd be lucky to find a decent deer lease for $7000, and the same would go for a guided 5 day elk hunt. A muley hunt, probably closer to $5000 for a 5 day hunt.
In my opinion, and that's not worth much, Africa provides the most bang for your buck. Just provide me with a blanket and a cot, a hot shower in the morning, three decent meals a day, and let me shoot as many animals as I can in a 12 day hunt for $7000. Is that too much to ask? :giggle:
 
Last edited:

gillettehunter

AH legend
Joined
Sep 10, 2009
Messages
4,294
Reaction score
5,954
Location
WYOMING
Deals & offers
3
Media
128
Hunting reports
Africa
9
USA/Canada
6
Asia/M.East
2
Australia/NZ
1
Hunted
Namibia, Kyrgyzstan(2) South Africa(4) New Zealand Zambia(2)
There is no doubt that you know what you want. Good luck.
 

Hunter101

AH enthusiast
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
316
Reaction score
182
Media
4
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
RMEF,MDF
Hunted
Nambia, South africa, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Pennsylvania, British Columbia, KY,IL, Oklahoma
I would also look at Chumlet safaris.
 

DRIES VISSER SAFARIS

Sponsor
Since 2021
AH veteran
Joined
Feb 9, 2021
Messages
121
Reaction score
126
Location
Thabazimbi, Limpopo South-Africa
Website
driesvissersafaris.com
Deals & offers
3
Media
56
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Member of
Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), Safari Club International, DSC, HSCF,
Hunted
South-Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique
Sounds like a great hunt. Let us know if we can be of any assistance to your next trip!
 

Forum statistics

Threads
44,416
Messages
892,924
Members
78,244
Latest member
texashomeandgarden
 

 

 

Latest posts

Latest profile posts

USN
Hey everyone..rookie mistake here. Packing to leave tomorrow and I have no idea JNB policy for bringing I cigarettes. Yes I know a smoker, plan on taking 4 cartons if able. Any advice please. Will be greeted by Mr X to ease custom’s hassle. Thanks in advance !
Hi,

Glade to hear from you and that you have kept me in mind.

I hope all is well and the hunting has been good.

Everything is fairly good.

The 2 fellows that I had lined up for this great hunt opportunity have backed out.

I'm in the process of purchasing a new house and having knee surgery, or surgeries depending on the left knee MRI, hopefully I can get back to Africa as early as 2024.
I'm concerned about Australia's indigenous species that are being killed by feral cats. Is anyone aware of any hunts I can joining to go to Australia to take a few shots at feral cats.
Jonathan Gurley wrote on IdahoMo's profile.
Hey Idaho. how many rounds is there thru the 458 win mag
MARTIN PIETERS SAFARIS wrote on Cajun Hunter's profile.
Morning my what’s app is +263778121842 martinpieterssafaris@gmail.com we can look at open dates
Thanks
Martin
 
Top