This is going to be an interesting hunting season
The nights are getting colder and the sun rises later, but although winter is coming closer the hunter’s heart is growing warmer. The approach of winter marks the beginning of the hunting season.
Since many game farms have closed their doors to hunters this winter, bowhunters have had to find new hunting grounds. Friends will sit around new hunting fires and experience new parts of the country where they may not have hunted before. This might even lead to the hunting of new species, such as rhebok, reedbuck, fallow deer, gemsbok or a black wildebeest instead of the usual impala, warthog, kudu or blue wildebeest.
It will be interesting to see what bowhunters’ reaction is to the higher prices for game, that in the past was affordable, but are now priced much higher. Will they simply pay the higher prices, will they travel farther for lower prices or will the focus be on different game species this season? It is well worthwhile to read Fritz Rabé’s article “Preparing for the hunt” in this issue, in which he gives advice on how to adjust to the price increases in game, as well as how to make the best of this year’s hunting experience.
Also to be read in this issue are Tom Miranda’s article on setting hunting goals for yourself; Cleve Cheney’s broadhead test and his article on how to process your own meat; Harry Marx’s article on a new sight he envisions as well as his unplanned bushpig hunt; and the well-known competition archer Jeanine van Kradenburg’s article on how her archery career got started. You can also read about Frank Berbuir’s warthog hunt, Nicky Niehaus’s struggle to bag a first impala with a bow and how an impala ram evaded Dr Adrian de Villiers.
If the number of trophy photos submitted to Africa’s Bowhunter can be used as a measure, it does seem that a lot less bowhunting is being done. For the first time in more than ten years we have no backlog, on the contrary, we have actually run out of trophy photos. This has never happened before. Is the reason a struggling economy, because there is less money to spend on hunting, or is it because of the higher prices for game? Or both? That is the question.
Nevertheless, Africa’s Bowhunter wishes all its readers the best for the hunting season. May this be a season to remember, may it be an interesting one that every bowhunter can look back on and say that they have made it special, against all odds.