Buffaloes and Bovines of the World

Cape Buffalo bulls

We have partnered with some great outfitters for wild cattle hunts around the world. If you have questions or would like to hunt the buffaloes and bovines of the world, just contact us. Give us a detailed description of what you are looking for, so our hunting consultants can match you with the right hunt. Whatever suits you, we can help you find it. So if you’re looking for a great hunt, you’ll love working with us.

Hunting the Buffaloes and Bovines of the World

Bison

It’s tough to find a more quintessential North American hunt than a bison. We have several bison hunting packages available in many locations and multiple options. From traditional free range bison hunting, to meat hunts on private ranches. Hunting the magnificent American bison in a traditional manner is unequaled in excitement and adventure.

*Non-trophy meat hunts are almost always fairly limited, so don’t wait to book. A buffalo bull will provide you with 600 pounds of meat or more, the USDA has gone on record stating that buffalo meat is healthier than beef.

Banteng

The banteng is a species of wild cattle found in Southeast Asia. The domesticated form of the banteng was first introduced to Australia in 1849 with the establishment of a British military outpost called Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula. Twenty animals were taken to the western Arnhem Land, in present-day Northern Territory, as a source of meat.

A year after the outpost’s establishment, poor conditions including crop failure and tropical disease led to its abandonment. On the departure of British troops, the banteng were released from their grazing pastures and allowed to form a feral population. By the 1960s, researchers realized that a population of about 1,500 individuals had developed in the tropical forests of the Cobourg Peninsula.

Australia is the only place in the world to hunt Banteng.

Since their introduction in 1849, the population has not strayed far from its initial point of domesticated life; all currently live within the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. As of 2007, the initial population had grown from only 20 in 1849 to 8,000-10,000 and is used exclusively for sport hunting and by Aboriginal subsistence hunters.

Recommended caliber for banteng hunting in Australia is the 375 or above, with shooting distances typically under 100 yards. This is one of the pure and genuine hunts that you will remember for a lifetime. Banteng hunting in Australia is as much about the hunt as it is about the trophy, and it is a great combination with water buffalo.

Cape Buffalo

Cape Buffalo are responsible for more deaths than any of the other Big 5 dangerous game animals in Africa. Referred as the “Black Death,” cape buffalo have the ability… and the personality to stomp you into the ground and tear you apart with their horns. Truly, a cape buffalo hunt is dangerous.

Buff don’t die easy, and can charge you at 35 mph.  These animals have no sympathy, they play for keeps, and will stop at nothing to take you out if they are threatened. This is why it is so important to make you first shot count. Sound fun?!

Dwarf Forest Buffalo

The African forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus), also known as the dwarf buffalo and the Congo buffalo, is the smallest subspecies of the African buffalo. It is related to the Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer), the Sudanese buffalo (Syncerus caffer brachyceros) and the Nile buffalo (Syncerus caffer aequinoctialis). However, it is the only subspecies that occurs mainly in the rainforests of central and western Africa.

Dwarf Buffalo hunting usually involves shooting at close ranges in very thick cover.  Open sights or low magnification scopes and red dot sights are normally employed for this close-up hunting. This is an exciting hunt where you are likely to see gorillas, which is a treat. Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Bates Pygmy Antelope and other species may be taken on this hunt.

Feral Ox or “Scrub Bulls”

Feral Ox is a descendant of domestic cattle that has gone wild, or “feral”. There are places in the world where such animals formed healthy, growing populations, became truly wild species, and are hunted. After a few generations in the wild, feral ox (scrub bulls) are just as wary and careful as their wild counterparts. Even a domestic bull can be very dangerous, and a free-ranging animal that weighs about a ton is a formidable opponent, especially when wounded.

Muskox

Remnants of the last Ice Age, a muskox hunt is a true Arctic adventure! At the close of the last ice age, muskox were found across northern EuropeAsiaGreenland and North America, including Alaska. Now there are huntable muskox populations in Alaska, Canada, as well as the west coast of Greenland.

Alaska

In Alaska, permits vary from year to year based on the year’s muskox counts. Permits are divided evenly between the two hunts. If you’re lucky enough to draw a muskox permit on Nunivak Island, you’re likely to get your bull.

Canada

In Canada, we offer both Barren Ground and introduced Greenland muskox hunts.

  • Native, Barren Ground muskox hunting takes place on the north slope of the Canadian mainland from about Cape Bathurst eastward to Hudson Bay. You can also hunt them throughout the Canadian arctic islands (except Baffin Island).
  • Introduced Greenland Muskox Hunting is carried out from Cape Peel to Mount Pelly, on the southern coast of Victory Island.

Greenland

Our Muskox Hunts in Greenland take place on the northern and eastern coasts of the island.

Water Buffalo

The water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), or Asian buffalo, is the largest member of Bovini, which includes yak, bison, African buffalo, and others. Water buffalo originated in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and China, but now they are also found in Europe, Australia, North America, South America and some African countries. Two types of water buffalo are recognized: the river and the swamp type. Both are well adapted to living in wetlands, and can thrive in harsher environments and on less nutritious herbs than domestic cattle.

Don’t be fooled by the “feral” status of this species…Water buffalo hunting is dangerous game hunting.

A water buffalo is larger than a Cape buffalo and just as cantankerous. You’ll need to bring a reliable big-bore rifle, of at least .338 or caliber, a cool head, and a steady hand. Since they are a feral species, water buffalo can be hunted year round, but there are certain times that are best. In Australia, you should hunt during the dry season, which is June through September. In South America, the best time depends on how your hunt is structured, and what species you are wanting to combo with your buffalo.

Where to Hunt Water Buffalo

Wild water buffalo are still found in parts of South-East Asia, but cannot be legally hunted. All modern water buffalo hunting is for feral populations of domesticated water buffalo. Large feral populations exist in Argentina, Uruguay, and a few game farms in South Africa. However, by far the most popular water buffalo hunting destination is in Australia.

Yak

The Yak (Bos grunniens and Bos mutus) is a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalayan region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and as far north as Mongolia and Russia.

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