Is a 47# bow enough for Africa?

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  1. buckmarkhunter

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    My wife and I are going on our first safari next May. She decided today she wants to bring her bow and hunt also. She is a good shot and can shoot to 40 yards but only shoots 47#. She would shoot 100 gr. fixed broad heads. I want to know if this is enough for impala size/type of animals? As always guys thanks in advance for any info.
     

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    Perfect for whitetails ....... perfect for deer size plains game . My personal preference is shots 20 to 30 yards . Good luck and play safe !
    Glen
     
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    As has already been noted, YES!

    Shoot straight and take lots of pictures for the hunt report
     
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    Yes. I would recommend she Shoot a two blade broadhead though
     
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    Pheroze SILVER SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    I thought I would grab this info for you, not sure if you had seen it:

     
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  6. kathy

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    Yes 47 # is enough , I would shoot a heavy arrow and razor sharp cut on contact broadhead. Study the atomy of African game. Forrest.
     
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    Yes for medium game, including reedbuck, impala, blesbuck, warthog, bushpig, springbuck, and nyala it will be enough. Here are the requirements for SA.

    26. The following are acceptable types of bows for bow hunting-
    ( a) longbow;
    (b) recurve bow; and
    (c) compound bow, excluding a compound crossbow.
    Categories of wild animals for bow hunting
    27. The following norms apply to the hunting of wild animals with bow and arrow-
    ( a) small game, including gamebirds, small carnivores, hares, hyraxes, rabbits and pygmy antelope
    (Category 1 )-
    (i) bow with a minimum draw mass of 40 pounds;
    (ii) bow generating a minimum kinetic energy 30ft/lbs; and
    (iii) minimum arrow weight of 300 grains;
    (b) medium game, including reedbuck, impala, blesbuck, warthog, bushpig, springbuck, and nyala
    (Category 2)-
    (i) bow with a minimum draw mass of 50 pounds;
    (ii) bow generating a minimum kinetic energy 50ft/lbs; and
    (iii) minimum arrow weight 400 grains;
    (c) large game, including wildebeests, kudu, gemsbuck, zebra, waterbuck, sable, and hartebeests
    (Category 3)-
    (i) bow with a minimum draw mass of 60 pounds;
    (ii) bow generating a minimum kinetic energy of 60ft/lbs; and
    (iii) minimum arrow weight of 500 grains;
    (d) Cape buffalo (Category 4)-
    (i) bow with a minimum draw mass of 80 pounds;
    (ii) bow generating a minimum kinetic energy of BOft/lbs; and
    (iii) minimum arrow weight of 750 grains; and
    (e) giraffe (Category 5)-
    STAATSKOERANT, 11 DESEMBER 2009 No.32798 29
    (i) bow with a minimum draw mass of 90 pounds;
    (ii) bow generating a minimum kinetic energy of 90ft/lbs; and
    (iii) minimum arrow weight of 750 grains.
    Additional norms for bow hunting equipment
    28. Notwithstanding the requirements contemplated in Paragraph 27 the following conditions apply-
    (a) in the case of mechanical broad heads 5% additional kinetic energy is required for Category 1, 2
    and 3 wild animals;
    (b) broad heads must have at least tv.o cutting edges; and
    (c) the minimum permitted arrow length is 50cm.
    Short title and commencement
    29. These norms and standards are called the National Norms and Standards for the Regulation of the
    Hunting Industry, 2009, and take effect on a date determined by the Minister in the Gazette.

    The whole document can be viewed here:

    https://www.environment.gov.za/site...tices/nemba_huntingindustry_g32798gen1614.pdf
     

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    My only advice would be to keep shots to 20 yards. African game can jump the string like no others and with the slower arrow speed they can move a long ways!
     
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  9. BigJohnx13

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    I assume its is a compound bow. Yes, the bow is enough for small and medium antelope. Remember, the specs is recommendations and not a law. Its been proven over time that newer bows/equipment outperform old bows/equipment that has higher specs.
     
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  10. buckmarkhunter

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    Awesome.Thanks for all the help guys this helps.
     

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