SOUTH AFRICA: BOWHUNT: Back From My Buffalo Hunt With Limcroma Safaris

Matrix

AH senior member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
51
Reaction score
77
Media
16
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Limpopo, Canada, Virginia, USA, Ohio, USA, North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA
Sorry for the delay but I've been playing catch up since getting back and haven't been able to post.
Sadly all good things come to an end and this was one of them....it gets harder to leave SA every time we go there!
Once again we had an absolutely incredible hunt with Limcroma Safaris, everything was top notch as usual and best of all we got to see our old friends again. I will have to say that although I knew this would be an intense hunt I don't think I could appreciate how much so until actually doing it. Walk and Stalk is tough enough but doing it with a Bow adds another dimension to it.

We would start each morning cutting fresh tracks and were immediately on 3 old Dugga boys that were traveling together which made it that much more difficult. Finding them didn't prove to be an issue....getting in on them was another story. For such a giant animal they are VERY scittish.

Each day proved to be a chess match with them, learning a little more with each encounter about what we could get away with, where they liked to be at what time of day and how they would react when we would bump them.
As I said, finding them was not a problem, we'd cut there tracks each morning get the wind right and begin our stalk. I can honestly say that each and every time we would get within 30-35 yds of them and at one point was within 15 but the Bushveldt is amazingly thick and green this time of year and no shot was available or the wind would swirl and off they'd go.

This went on for 6 days and each time we got a little closer. By the afternoon of day 6 we had them narrowed down to two waterholes that they would hit. Based on what we'd experienced to that point we rolled the dice on which water hole they would head to and got the wind and got ahead of them. The gamble paid off and we were there waiting for them. It was just before dark and daylight fading fast by the time the shot presented itself but I was able to put it together and finally get the arrow in him at 40 yards.

The shot looked decent, a bit forward, but I wasn't completely happy with it....the other bulls had the group a little nervous and at the shot one of the other bulls jumped causing mine to pull back sharply. Now it gets interesting, its now dark with an arrow shot buff out there. We made the call to wait overnight and got back on them at first light, even enlisted the help of Franz, The Buffalo Assassin, to watch this guy work is incredible. In the maze of tracks he was able to pick mine out, determine how bad he was hurt and ultimately find him. There wasn't a lot of blood to work with but as long as there was some on the ground he had something to work with.

We got lucky as he left the other 2 bulls and was on his own, he traveled quite a ways but we kept the pressure on him and that worked in our favor. When we finally caught up to him we sent Selous, the tracking dog, in ahead of us to be sure he was down. He didn't go far and started barking, we made our way slowly and carefully to him and we could see him down, he wasn't going anywhere but was backed into a bad thick spot to watch his back trail that prevented another shot. Given a few more minutes or if we were just a bit later he'd probably have been done already...but I made the decision to put an insurance round in him to end it for his benefit and to ensure the safety of all of us.

Unless you have experienced a hunt like this its hard to put into words how intense and difficult it really is. These animals are incredibly big, smart and dangerous. All of these things add up for an Adrenalin filled experience to say the least!!

I've also got say that this hunt was extra special for me as my wife finally decide to actually hunt! She's to small to pull enough weight to bow hunt and didn't want to use a rifle so we set her up with a Ravin R9 crossbow. WOW is all I can say....she is deadly! LOL
She wanted a Giraffe and I set her up with an arrow for that specifically that matched the weight of my Buff arrows and the same broadhead that was 965 grains. She shot the Giraffe at 40 yds with a frontal shot and got complete penetration coming out the rear. It didn't make it but maybe 80 yards and we watched it go down! To say we were all impressed is an understatement.

South Africa is an extra special place and the people are some of the best you will find anywhere. Going back to Limcroma is like going home again. In our trips there we have made some truly great friends and they have become like family....In fact when we arrived Riann, one of the PH's laughed and said we were like old furniture there! LOL
I cant thank everyone there enough...My PH Jan is the best, he has become like a brother to me over the years and we work great together. Jennings our Tracker is just a wonderful person, always smiling and working hard. Not to leave anyone out but thanks to everyone, Hannes, Riann, Drian, Maryke, Amanda, Karen, Otto, Guillaume, Henco....they are all great people and I cant wait to get back and see them again!

And what a way to end the last day?!?! Wine and snacks on the Limpopo in the evening....This is how they roll!!

IMG_4167.JPG
IMG_4172.JPG
IMG_4192.JPG
IMG_4249.JPG
IMG_4258.JPG
IMG_4271.JPG
IMG_4277.JPG
IMG_4182.JPG
IMG_4295.JPG
IMG_4317.JPG
IMG_4319.JPG
IMG_4331.JPG
IMG_4359.JPG
IMG_4372.JPG
IMG_4381.JPG
IMG_4388.JPG
IMG_4389.JPG
IMG_4390.JPG
IMG_4391.JPG
 

BRICKBURN

Super moderator
Contributor
Lifetime titanium benefactor
AH ambassador
Joined
Aug 5, 2010
Messages
22,808
Reaction score
16,843
Location
Canada
Media
412
Articles
23
Hunting reports
Africa
8
USA/Canada
2
Europe
1
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Canada, USA, Mexico, England
Looks like you had some fun.
Congrats on your success. Chasing those monsters with a bow is way too much fun.
 

npm352

AH enthusiast
Joined
Jul 8, 2014
Messages
402
Reaction score
531
Media
19
Articles
3
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Awesome story and pics. Congrats
 

Matrix

AH senior member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
51
Reaction score
77
Media
16
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Limpopo, Canada, Virginia, USA, Ohio, USA, North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA
Thanks guys it was an awesome hunt!
 

Britt Beck

AH enthusiast
Joined
Feb 21, 2017
Messages
287
Reaction score
162
Location
Colorado
Member of
SCI. NRA. RMEF.
Hunted
USA CO OK NEB KS
Great story. Thanks for sharing. Love the pics.
 

jasyblood

Silver supporter
AH fanatic
Joined
Apr 30, 2014
Messages
678
Reaction score
629
Location
Dallas, Texas
Media
85
Hunting reports
Africa
4
Member of
Dallas Safari Club
Hunted
USA, RSA(Limpopo x 4, Eastern Cape x 1, Northern Cape x 1, Northwest x 2), Hungary, Serbia, Zimbabwe
Congrats on a great hunt!
 

gillettehunter

AH legend
Joined
Sep 10, 2009
Messages
3,536
Reaction score
3,397
Location
WYOMING
Media
83
Hunting reports
Africa
6
USA/Canada
3
Asia/M.East
2
Australia/NZ
1
Hunted
Namibia, Kyrgyzstan(2) South Africa(4) New Zealand Zambia(2)
Well it sounds like you had to work for your buffalo. Looks like a fine bull. Your wife did well. Congrats to the both of you.
Bruce
 

CAustin

Bronze supporter
AH ambassador
Joined
May 7, 2013
Messages
14,300
Reaction score
11,515
Media
258
Hunting reports
Africa
7
Member of
Courtney Hunting Club, NRA Life Member, SCI Kansas City Chapter
Hunted
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Kalahari, Northwest, Limpopo, Gauteng, APNR Kruger Area. USA Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas
Thank you for sharing your adventure. Good report sir.
 

rinehart0050

Gold supporter
AH legend
Joined
May 24, 2015
Messages
2,252
Reaction score
2,201
Media
303
Articles
6
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
2
Hunted
New Zealand, South Africa (NWP, Limpopo, Eastern Cape); USA (NE, NC, MD, AZ, TX)
Congrats! Awesome trophies
 

Hunter101

AH enthusiast
Joined
Mar 22, 2017
Messages
265
Reaction score
122
Media
2
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Member of
RMEF,MDF
Hunted
Nambia, South africa, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Pennsylvania, British Columbia, KY,IL, Oklahoma
Wow great bow Buff and perfect shot on the giraffe. How much penetration did you get on the buff with that 935 grain arrow? I'm sure that was very intense hunting something that can put the hurt on you if something goes wrong
 

cpr0312

AH ambassador
Joined
Jul 21, 2011
Messages
9,772
Reaction score
11,552
Location
North Carolina
Media
346
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
6
USA/Canada
1
Australia/NZ
1
Member of
NRA Life Member
Hunted
US (All over), New Zealand, South Africa(Northern Cape, Northwest), Zimbabwe, Zambia
Congrats on your hunt and thanks for sharing!
 

Matrix

AH senior member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
51
Reaction score
77
Media
16
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Limpopo, Canada, Virginia, USA, Ohio, USA, North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA
Thanks everyone! Cant wait to get back!
 

Matrix

AH senior member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
51
Reaction score
77
Media
16
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Limpopo, Canada, Virginia, USA, Ohio, USA, North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA
Well it sounds like you had to work for your buffalo. Looks like a fine bull. Your wife did well. Congrats to the both of you.
Bruce
Thanks Bruce.....For her first hunt ever she handled herself very well. I don't know who was more excited me or her!
 

Matrix

AH senior member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
51
Reaction score
77
Media
16
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Limpopo, Canada, Virginia, USA, Ohio, USA, North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA
Wow great bow Buff and perfect shot on the giraffe. How much penetration did you get on the buff with that 935 grain arrow? I'm sure that was very intense hunting something that can put the hurt on you if something goes wrong

Id say about 18", the arrow was 965gr and 29", I feel like it would have been much deeper if it had not been as forward as it was.
 

jeff

AH legend
Joined
Sep 21, 2010
Messages
2,466
Reaction score
2,103
Location
Salmon Idaho
Media
36
Hunting reports
Africa
19
Member of
sci P&Y
Hunted
Namibia, South Africa in Kwazu Natal, Limpopo, Eastern Cape , Northwest Province, USA Ariz, Nev, Mont, Ida, Ore, Cal, Mich,Wash, AlasKa
Congrats on a great adventure , and to your wife also !! That is my biggest fear that I will not make a perfect shot for my buff hunt so I have decided to hunt from a hide and will only take a perfect shot 25 yards or less and will go home empty handed if that's what it takes.
 

Matrix

AH senior member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
51
Reaction score
77
Media
16
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Limpopo, Canada, Virginia, USA, Ohio, USA, North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA
Congrats on a great adventure , and to your wife also !! That is my biggest fear that I will not make a perfect shot for my buff hunt so I have decided to hunt from a hide and will only take a perfect shot 25 yards or less and will go home empty handed if that's what it takes.
Thank You very much! We had an incredible time! I can appreciate where your coming from but I can tell you there are no regrets and I would do nothing any different if done again. I was prepared completely, my gear was right, I got plenty of penetration...everything worked as it was supposed to. What happened is no different than a skittish whitetail jumping the string....just on a bigger scale LOL. These are the risks we accept and take as bow hunters.
 

Nyati

AH ambassador
Joined
Jan 15, 2011
Messages
7,813
Reaction score
3,220
Location
Madrid, Spain
Media
117
Hunting reports
Africa
6
Europe
1
Member of
RFEC, RFETO
Hunted
Spain, Finland, RSA ( KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, North West, Northern Cape, Free State ).
Congrats, great hunt !
 

Matrix

AH senior member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
51
Reaction score
77
Media
16
Hunting reports
Africa
3
Hunted
South Africa, Limpopo, Canada, Virginia, USA, Ohio, USA, North Carolina, USA, South Carolina, USA

russ_c

AH veteran
Joined
Jun 10, 2015
Messages
133
Reaction score
161
Media
9
Hunting reports
Africa
1
Congrats on your hunt! To me, there is nothing more exciting than taking a Buffalo with a bow. I took mine last August with Henco.
 

cagkt3

AH legend
Joined
Apr 10, 2017
Messages
2,926
Reaction score
2,030
Location
Texas
Media
87
Articles
1
Hunting reports
Africa
2
USA/Canada
1
Member of
DSC, SCI - West Texas Chapter, HSC, NRA Life Member, Ducks Unlimited
Hunted
South Africa, Zimbabwe, OK, TX, UT, KS

Forum statistics

Threads
36,212
Messages
682,136
Members
62,419
Latest member
violeta2345
 

 

 

Latest profile posts

Rickmt wrote on Justbryan's profile.
What is your new shorter rifle? Thanx Bryan !
raamw wrote on neckdeep's profile.
Supply your address so I can get shipping Paypal Friend (no ) fee) is fine
Viral_SIGness wrote on Rifle57's profile.
Great person to deal with. Fast communication and quick shipper!
Sarg wrote on Philippe's profile.
Hello Philippe, did you get my PM that I sent you earlier ?

Regards Mark
raamw wrote on AfricaHunting.com's profile.
Can you advise me to properly post pix, sometimes I get it right sometimes not
 
Top