Robert Gillow, South African Safari Report
South Africa Hunting Safari – August, 2017
It was a Great learning experience for both of us, as I was one of the first Traditional bowhunters they had at camp. They were extremely interested in my equipment (from my longbow to my stone arrowheads) and how to set up hunts for future Traditional bowhunters. WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING!
It was a Great Learning curve from how the Plains Game of South Africa would react to a shot with my longbow and shot placement on my end to preparation for shots and shot distances on game as my chosen gear is slower than most of today’s bowhunting gear. But whether spot and stalk or a blind at a water hole the guides were willing and able to pursue the game as you wanted.
Blinds had plenty of room for myself and my PH as well as roomy enough for me to shoot my 64″ Longbow. Many times as a Traditional Bowhunter, outfitters prefer that you use a compound or crossbow and reach out 40 to 60 yards for your trophy’s. But they just adapted some strategies to fit my Equipment. It truly was an Awesome experience from my very old Impala Ram I took at 8 yard to my Huge 12 year old Kudu Bull that toted 52 5/8 inch horns spiraling above his head that offered me a 16 yard shot. I can not say enough about these guys and am planing another trip as we speak to take more Traditional Hunters to Africa.
- How likely will you be to refer friends to Outdoors International about this hunt? Very likely
- How was the outfitters pre-hunt communication ? Excellent
- How would you rate the overall trophy quality? Excellent
- How would you rate the lodging? Excellent
- How would you rate the food? Excellent
- How savvy/knowledgeable was your guide? Excellent
- Were you successful or unsuccessful? Successful
- Were you happy with the overall experience? I have never had an Outfitter work harder to ensure I was happy
- How physically difficult was the hunt? Easy
- How likely would you be to refer Outdoors International booking services to your friends and family? Very Likely
- What would you like to see us offer or do more of or do differently? Offer some hunts that are not so trophy related. There are several folks like me that don’t need a giant set of antlers or skull for it to be a trophy. Thus making something also more affordable, I would love the opportunity at a 3×3 elk or a paddle horned moose. I don’t need 70″ to be successful or 350″+ bull.
- Will you book another trip with us in the future? Why, or Why Not? Absolutely