Your Professional Hunter will guide you on this matter. Trust his judgment and do your best to put your shot where he recommends. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with the shot, do not take it.
Africa is the survival of the fittest. Game is tough and dies harder than similar size game in America. A lung shot is a lung shot, but trust us, these critters are extra tough. The vitals of most African plains game sit further forward in their chest cavity than American big game. Pick a spot several inches forward of where you would on a similar sized North American game animal. Come straight up the front leg on a broadside shot. The shoulder bones angle forward above the leg. Quartering away shots work great too. Pick your shot angles and distance carefully. You haven’t seen “jump the string” yet! Quieten your bow noise as much as possible. Use quality broad heads and have them razor sharp. All wounded or lost game will cost you, so please consider the stress of anxiety, jet lag, stretching your personal range limits, etc. Don’t take a twenty-five yard shot when the animal might come considerably closer. You’ll get plenty of close broadside shots. Many shot opportunities will be around fifteen yards. We trust you will be honest enough to admit to poor hits if/when you are sitting alone. Many poorly hit animals can be found. Avoid awkward situations by confessing the truth of poor hits when you are alone. We want to help.
And by all means, go to the range and practice. Even the most experienced shooter needs to hone his skills. Ammunition or broadheads is cheap compared to the cost of the safari, so practice, practice, practice!
An excellent book, “Perfect Shot” by Kevin Robertson, a veterinarian and professional hunter, is available. It details shot placement on just about every species of African game that you might encounter.
Study species available and know what they look like or download our Best Bow hunt VOL 8 DVD as it focuses on this and shot placement.
Do I have to bring an extra bow in case something happens to my bow?
If you have a double bow case and an extra bow, then yes bring it along. If you do not have extra, then do not spend the extra money on purchasing one. Just make sure you bring an extra string. If something happens to your bow, then we do have extra bows among the guides and we also have a local bowshop in town where we can have it repaired, or even get a spare bow for your trip if needed.
Do I need lighted pins?
Yes, especially for shooting early mornings or late afternoons from the pit blinds as they are quite dark on the inside.
Can I bring the meat back?
No, it is against US Dept of Agriculture regulations to import wild game or meat of any kind without a proper license. The meat stays here at the ranch where it is served to our hunting guests as well as used by the staff and their families.