Crossbow hunting cape buffalo?

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Africa' started by H50, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. H50

    H50 AH Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    34
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    USA
    I have a growing interest in both crossbows and compound bows and have been looking for information if is even legal to hunt cape buffalo with a crossbow in RSA. I have researched the internet and have found limited info about this- a few trophy pictures but not much else which leads me to question the legality of it or maybe it just isn't done very much?? I got thinking about this topic after reading in the latest SCI magazine about a gentleman who successfully hunted a hippo in Zambia with a crossbow (?? if that was legal in Zambia- maybe some of the Zambia PH's have insight). Pretty impressive story though..some people are making massive bolts (arrows) for the crossbows that are shooting huge KE and speed so with the proper shot placement they seem very effective. I know Brickburn posted a video a while back of the president of Excalibur crossbows taking an elephant with one shot from a crossbow. I know plains game is hunted a lot with crossbows in RSA but unsure of buffalo. I don't mean for this thread to turn into a crossbow vs. compound bow debate but rather just is it legal to hunt in RSA for buffalo with crossbow?? If not the story is over but if it is legal maybe some PH's/ outfitters who have done it can fill me in on the details of how it went/ how it was done( spot and stalk, etc). Thank you if advance for any info..I learn so much from this site!! Keep the info coming...
     
    Bos en Dal Safaris likes this.

  2. BRICKBURN

    BRICKBURN AH ENABLER SUPER MODERATOR CONTRIBUTOR LIFETIME TITANIUM BENEFACTOR AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    Messages:
    21,780
    Video/Photo:
    411
    Likes Received:
    14,385
    Hunted:
    Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
    Yup.
    If I can hunt one with a compound bow you can hunt it with a cross bow.
     
    Bos en Dal Safaris likes this.

  3. Bos en Dal Safaris

    Bos en Dal Safaris SPONSOR Since 2014 AH Elite

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2011
    Messages:
    1,301
    Video/Photo:
    483
    Likes Received:
    873
    Member of:
    PHASA, SA Hunter & Conservation
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Botswana
  4. KMG Hunting Safaris

    KMG Hunting Safaris AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2013 AH Legend

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Messages:
    4,550
    Video/Photo:
    847
    Likes Received:
    4,646
    Location:
    Eastern Cape, South Africa
    Member of:
    DSC Life Member ; Eastern Cape Game Management Association ; PE Pistol and Rifle Club
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Namibia, New Zealand
    Absolutely. Enjoy the planning.
     

  5. H50

    H50 AH Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    34
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    USA
    Brickburn- Thank you for the info..I'm still probably a couple of years away from my trip but it will definitely be with bow and maybe crossbow in tow..something about hunting a buffalo that just keeps me motivated to keep putting $ into the bank for that trip/ hopefully with family. I'll keep lurking and learning here on AH in the meantime...
     

  6. gizmo

    gizmo AH ENABLER SPONSOR Since 2015 AH Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2014
    Messages:
    6,207
    Video/Photo:
    1,258
    Likes Received:
    8,417
    Location:
    Texas
    Member of:
    NRA Life Member, DSC Life Member, SCI Life Member, Exotic Wildlife Association, Texas Taxidermy Association Life Member, National Taxidermy Association, TTHA,DUCKS UNLIMITED
    Hunted:
    Romania, South Africa- Kalahari , Eastern Cape, USA, Fished Brazil, Mexico, USA
    I saw a tv show where steve Scott took a cape buff with a crossbow.
     
    Mike70560 likes this.

  7. Petrus Geldenhuys

    Petrus Geldenhuys AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2014
    Messages:
    362
    Video/Photo:
    24
    Likes Received:
    167
    Location:
    South Africa
    Member of:
    PHASA
    Hunted:
    South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia
    It is legal to hunt Buffalo on a bow if you have all the necessary permits in place. Basically you need a permit to bow hunt the animal if the farm does not have bow exemption and then a permit for the buffalo. Then there are also minimum draw weights that you need to comply to if you wish to hunt the buffalo with a bow. We have done a couple of buffalo on bows and it is truly an amazing experience. You need to get in pretty close on foot before the shot is taken so this gets the heart pumping! I don't have much experience on crossbows but im sure its pretty much the same..... Enjoy the planning and make sure that you have the right setup and have practiced allot with that setup.
     

  8. Spear Safaris

    Spear Safaris SPONSOR Since 2014 AH Fanatic

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2010
    Messages:
    838
    Video/Photo:
    1,216
    Likes Received:
    1,261
    Location:
    Kruger Park South Africa
    Member of:
    SCI life member, PHASA life member
    Hunted:
    RSA, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Tanzania, USA, Phillipines
  9. Stocky

    Stocky AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    146
    Video/Photo:
    168
    Likes Received:
    41
    Member of:
    Benefactor NRA, African Safari Club, SCI Life Member, SCI South Florida, NSSF
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique
    Funny you should ask ... I just did it a couple weeks ago in RSA bordering Kruger Park.

    [​IMG]

    We managed to stalk within 20 yards and put the first one through the heart. Insurance shot was also complete penetration.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 1, 2016

  10. H50

    H50 AH Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    34
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    USA
    Stocky- Beautiful buffalo!! I'm interested in some info about your hunt if you don't mind sharing...Who did you hunt with? What was the length of your bolt/ what kind of vanes and size did you use and did you make the bolt yourself or did you have it made and if so who by whom?? Thanks for any info..this is a hunt that I find very interesting.
     
    Stocky likes this.

  11. Stocky

    Stocky AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    146
    Video/Photo:
    168
    Likes Received:
    41
    Member of:
    Benefactor NRA, African Safari Club, SCI Life Member, SCI South Florida, NSSF
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique
    Thank you H50!

    I hunted with Jacques Senekal's Africa Maximum Safari's (for the 6th time) with Wernher "Walla" Albertse PH.

    The bolt was a custom 23", 800 grain "Spynal Tap" carbon "shaft within a shaft" made by Jerry at South Shore Archery, tipped with Alaska Bowhunting's 200 gr Maasai single-bevel broadheads. It performed perfectly, with even the "insurance shot" after the animal had expired giving complete penetration, in fact it was found about 50 yards behind the animal.

    The key is getting close and putting the first one in the right spot. Animal only ran maybe 50 yards before laying down and bellowing. I'd post the autopsy photos but it'd likely set any anti hunters viewing them hair on fire.
     

  12. Stocky

    Stocky AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    146
    Video/Photo:
    168
    Likes Received:
    41
    Member of:
    Benefactor NRA, African Safari Club, SCI Life Member, SCI South Florida, NSSF
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique
    Right on. Also, Mozambique is fine with crossbows. Heading there in April.
     

  13. H50

    H50 AH Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    34
    Member of:
    SCI
    Hunted:
    USA
    Stocky- Thanks for the reply- very helpful! What kind of crossbow were you using- couldn't fully tell from the picture?? Once again- awesome buffalo!!
     

  14. Stocky

    Stocky AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2013
    Messages:
    146
    Video/Photo:
    168
    Likes Received:
    41
    Member of:
    Benefactor NRA, African Safari Club, SCI Life Member, SCI South Florida, NSSF
    Hunted:
    Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique
    Scorpyd Ventilator Extreme 175#
     

  15. RickK

    RickK AH Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Video/Photo:
    1
    Likes Received:
    19
    Member of:
    Life Member: SCI, DSC, NRA, CPRA
    Hunted:
    Argentina: [Santa Fe, San Luis, Cordoba, La Pampa, Mendoza, Entre Rios, Buenos Aires, Neuguen], Brazil, Canada: [British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT], Iceland, Mexico: [Campeche, Aguascalientes, Baja, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sinoloa], Mozambique, New Zealand, South Africa, Uruguay, U
    Congrats Stocky! Awesome Crossbow kill!
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 1, 2016
    Stocky likes this.

Share This Page

 
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice