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Bow hunting Adrenaline

To me the art of hunting with a bow and arrow is the ultimate challenge...The human senses are so inferior when compared to our quarries, especially our sense of smell, hearing and night vision...

A bow is as personal as it gets, the bow must be made up exactly to your dimensions, then one must hone ones skills by firing up to 100 arrows literally everyday to develop the correct muscle groups which will result in building your form and correct stance, this will result in one being able to reach the exact same anchor point and hold ones bow steadily at full draw which in turn will result in consistent accuracy, this can take up to six months and this is just the start of ones journey towards becoming a successful bowhunter...

The next step literally takes years and even then some people just simply do not have the ability to master...This is where one has to learn and understand the entire ecosystem one will be hunting in...You need to learn your quarries habits, habitats, what they eat, when they eat what, when they drink and how they react within their environment throughout the seasons, etc etc etc...Each species is unique in its own rights and even then they change slightly from ecosystem to ecosystem, the learning is endless, it takes time, dedication and a strong passion to succeed!

All of this is vital in order for us to get within bow range of our quarry...When hunting with long bows and recurves ones bow range is limited to 25 meters, with compound bows the distance extends to around 40 meters and with cross bows your maximum bow range is 50 m (you will only reach these distances after endless practice...) To top it all off one can only release your arrow if the quarry is unaware of your presence and is not looking at you due to the simple fact that their reactions are so quick that they can "jump the string" and by the time your arrow reaches its mark, they have already moved! Furthermore one cannot reach the vitals from any position (like one can do with a rifle), ie you can only release your arrow when your quarry is either broadside or slightly quartering away...I promise you...this is not going to be easy, however with all these elements against us, the rewards and feelings of satisfaction are indiscribable when it eventually all comes together! The memories from every single animal i have hunted with a bow will remain etched eternally within my mind, every time i have to sit down, light my cigarette and shake uncontrollably, sometimes i even throw up due to the massive doses of raw adrenaline!

To be able to walk and stalk within bow range is extremely difficult and due to time restraints of our busy modern world the safari industry has come up with a solution...We construct blinds, either in the trees or pit blinds around well used waterholes or game paths...In the case with Bush pigs, Porcupines, Leopards and Lions we draw them into bow range with baits. Obviously if this does not agree with you then by all mens lets attempt to walk and stalk, however due to all of the above mentioned, results will be few and far between. Besides, hunting from a blind still brings all the satisfaction and rewards you can dream of and they produce the results...The advantages are: you do not have to literally live in Africa and learn her ecosystems, flora, fauna and how they all react with each other, your quarry will not know you are there, so string jumping is eradicated, the blinds are positioned so your quarry will present the right shot for satisfactory penetration, distances are already predetermined which eradicate an extremely challenging problem which we encounter when walking and stalking due to the simple fact that even the fastest bows on todays market only travel at +- 380 fps which is nothing when compared to modern hunting rifles which travel around the 3000 fps mark...

When hunting out of these blinds remember the following; Be quiet, keep movement slow and to a minimum, mentally prepare oneself to sit tight for a while, go to the toilet before, practice opening the shoot hole, drawing and aiming your bow at an imaginary beast, range all likely shots, do not smoke, do not leave the blind and take along your ipad, kindle or books on shot placement and bowhunting...

Shots range from 3m to 20m so you can expect to observe a whole new side of nature, you can actually smell them, you can hear their stomachs grumble and you can see the tiny moisture gnats flying around their nostrils! To me sitting in a blind is a wonderful way to observe nature at extremely close quarters without them knowing that you are there, during daylight the waterholes are often continuously visited by all, insects, birds, small mammals, predators, herbivores and even elephants and rhino...When hunting at night the african sky is mesmerizing, the sounds are enchanting and when you hear the distinctive crack of a broken branch, or the unmistakable gnawing of a wild boar on the bait your heart literally goes into over drive!

Bowhunting is not for everyone, it demands huge doses of patience and passion. You will not hunt as many animals as you would with a rifle, the horn lengths will generally not be as impressive and often you will come home empty handed, but the feelings of satisfaction are priceless for the few that possess this strange determination...