Hunting Tips & Techniques

Hunting techniques in Africa vary with the terrain, cover, species being hunted and the type of weapon being used. Concessions in Africa are very large by standards anywhere and the safari vehicle is used heavily for transportation in the hunting area. Often game will be spotted from the vehicle and a subsequent stalk will be made to get positioned for a shot and closely evaluate the trophy. Stalks can be 50 yards to 500 yards and farther. Don't under estimate the value of being in reasonably good shape. Hunters will find that shooting sticks are used extensively in spot and stalk situations and this technique should be practiced well in advance of your departure to Africa. The shooting sticks are used to shoot from the standing position. Your PH will have sticks for you to use. The Safari-Stix from Stony Point or the BogPod are a good commercial variety if you want to practice before you arrive. In the open areas of the country glassing for game from an elevated vantage point is common and stalking under these circumstance can be lengthy and sometimes physically demanding.

During the drier times of the year, hunting near watering areas is very productive, however some landowners will not allow hunting directly over water. Knowing where a particular animal waters is a great advantage when hunting a specific animal.

Hunting from blinds near water or a feeding area is another technique used with great success. Many blinds are permanent or semi-permanent affairs and commercially produced termite mound blinds as well as the popup variety are used frequently. Some blinds are actually brick with concrete floors and thatched roofs. Bowhunters will appreciate the large roomy blinds allowing plenty of room to draw and shoot. Shots from blinds can be as close as 10 to 15 yards or as far as 100. Make shift blinds or hides built out of brush are sometimes used when specific habits of an animal have been determined.

A Typical Day

A great question to ask any outfitter you are considering is, "What is a typical day like?"

At Bobby Hansen Safaris a typical day starts about 45 minutes before daylight with your wakeup call. Next is breakfast and coffee or juice while the truck is prepared by the staff for the days hunt. Water, softdrinks, and a box lunch are packed in the cooler for lunch in the field. You will usually leave for the hunting area just after daybreak and travel from 15 to 45 minutes. You will hunt using the various techniques described above until the midday lunch break of about one hour. The lunch break will sometimes be spent watching a waterhole or other nearby travel route while you eat. After lunch you will continue hunting until dark. When you arrive back at base camp the bar will be open and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Dinners will be a variety of hearty meals including wild game such as kudu, eland, and impala. South African wines are known worldwide for their quality and will be available with dinner.