- Oct 25, 2013
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I have been to Africa twice, being a bow hunter I have taken only my bow. Virtually all of the hunting I have done there has been in a blind. Great, and I do mean GREAT, stuff. The down side is that I haven't experienced the country being in a blind all the time. My fault as spot and stalk with a bow is certainly a possibility, but there is something about creeping up to the brow of a ridge, staying below skyline, rifle in hand to glass beyond the ridge for critters. Next time I will have a rifle available for a hunt or two. If the rifle is mine or not remains to be seen. As pointed out by gpelkhunter, your PH will almost certainly have a rifle that can be used.
I agree the first time I went to Africa was a bow hunt. 5 days looking out of a small hole in a blind. I wounded my Kudu in the third day so spent the next two days hopping it would come back. In the last day he did and I got to take it home.
For that reason on my next hunt I decided to do it as a rifle hunt. I took a Ruger #1 in 300WM and shot three times got five animals. The only one I shot twice was a Worthog. The PH was worried that it was such a monster that it might go down a hole and we would loose it. The second shot put it down.
I spent seven days seeing Africa and hunting the animals I came there for.
I would suggest taking both and spending about 1/3 of the time hunting with your rifle and 2/3 of the time hunting blinds or stalking with your bow.
You will enjoy the bow stalking or rifle stalking the most!!!