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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby henried » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:07 am

MrBallistic wrote:Henrie

Sodra dit warmer word dan moet ons saamkom en bietjie gaan flyfishing doen?


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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby MrBallistic » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:41 pm

henried wrote:
MrBallistic wrote:Henrie

Sodra dit warmer word dan moet ons saamkom en bietjie gaan flyfishing doen?


Ons maak so.


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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby Bernhardt » Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:36 pm

I got hooked to bowhunting by just sitting with someone that hunted out of a hide, 2 months later I took my first animal out of the same hide. From there rifle hunting felt like cheating.

Now I will only rifle hunt when it is free, as I will not pay to go rifle hunting (maybe for a kalahari trip as I have not been on one). I have been on a few rifle hunts after starting bowhunting and I do not have any adrenaline after a shot. But with bowhunting, after I have taken a shot I can barely talk with all the adrenaline in my body.

Yes with walk and stalk you are not guaranteed, but I normally have to sit in the hide with my wife and anything that comes in at a decent price I will take to help with taking meat home.

I also have another rule that increased my game that I took home. I highlight all the animals that I will shoot if I see them on the last day, last hour and do not have any meat yet. As soon as I see that animal on my trip, I take it. I have gone home empty handed a few times, because I did not want to shoot the animal on the first day, I decided to follow this rule and take meat home
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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby DanielX » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:02 pm

Spent three days in a hide with only an Impala to take home. As much as I love being outdoors, the hide to me is not my idea of being out there. My unsuccessful walk and stalks with bow were more rewarding.. For me personally, a great rifle hunt on foot, which actually involves scouting, stalking and finally pulling the trigger is much more rewarding and I get to see a lot more covering ground compared to shooting a bow from a hide. I can only imagine doing the same but with a bow would be even more rewarding.
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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby SV MAD » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:54 am

Daniel, that is great that you have that open mindset, and what works for you.

I love to walk and stalk, but for me, I love more the quietness of the hide, nothing to disturb me, except my thoughts.
That is my go-to place in this hectic day and age of "always connected". This is where I just talk to myself, talk to God, ponder about little things in general. THINGS that I do not get time to ponder over with... Hence me liking the hide more than walk and stalk.

Rifle hunting, I only shoot if necessary (like when the blesbok is grazing at 300m). But bow hunting is much more appealing..
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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby Hanes » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:01 am

SV MAD wrote:Daniel, that is great that you have that open mindset, and what works for you.

I love to walk and stalk, but for me, I love more the quietness of the hide, nothing to disturb me, except my thoughts.
That is my go-to place in this hectic day and age of "always connected". This is where I just talk to myself, talk to God, ponder about little things in general. THINGS that I do not get time to ponder over with... Hence me liking the hide more than walk and stalk.

Rifle hunting, I only shoot if necessary (like when the blesbok is grazing at 300m). But bow hunting is much more appealing..

Something i was thinking about, i enjoy relaxing at the hides in kruger and so on, is the tranquility at the bow hunting hides the same?
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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby MrBallistic » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:01 am

SV MAD wrote:Daniel, that is great that you have that open mindset, and what works for you.

I love to walk and stalk, but for me, I love more the quietness of the hide, nothing to disturb me, except my thoughts.
That is my go-to place in this hectic day and age of "always connected". This is where I just talk to myself, talk to God, ponder about little things in general. THINGS that I do not get time to ponder over with... Hence me liking the hide more than walk and stalk.

Rifle hunting, I only shoot if necessary (like when the blesbok is grazing at 300m). But bow hunting is much more appealing..


I agree, the time to sit and contemplate is priceless.
For myself I move over to the W&S when I feel I have had enough time in the hide. The last 3 W&S attempts have proven unsuccessful but the enjoyment of being out there is truly rewarding. Success will come I suppose if I had to do it more.
Sometimes while sitting in a hide the animals that come in aren't on the menu but it doesn't take anything away from the experience of watching them up close. One can learn a lot from their behavior.
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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby sPRINGHAAS » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:58 am

Hanes wrote:Something i was thinking about, i enjoy relaxing at the hides in kruger and so on, is the tranquility at the bow hunting hides the same?


I enjoyed sitting in any hide when I started hunting, but that quickly changed after my 1st W&S. I can still enjoy the quiet time in the hide, but now it depends on the type of hide. These days I have to feel like I am part of the surrounding. Like a tree stand or a more open hide with a good view where I feel like I am sitting in the bush. If it is a 4 walled structure where you have to move or stand up in order to see I start to feel boxed in much quicker.
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Re: Rifle vs bowhunting

Postby Bernhardt » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:06 pm

MrBallistic wrote:
SV MAD wrote:Daniel, that is great that you have that open mindset, and what works for you.

I love to walk and stalk, but for me, I love more the quietness of the hide, nothing to disturb me, except my thoughts.
That is my go-to place in this hectic day and age of "always connected". This is where I just talk to myself, talk to God, ponder about little things in general. THINGS that I do not get time to ponder over with... Hence me liking the hide more than walk and stalk.

Rifle hunting, I only shoot if necessary (like when the blesbok is grazing at 300m). But bow hunting is much more appealing..


I agree, the time to sit and contemplate is priceless.
For myself I move over to the W&S when I feel I have had enough time in the hide. The last 3 W&S attempts have proven unsuccessful but the enjoyment of being out there is truly rewarding. Success will come I suppose if I had to do it more.
Sometimes while sitting in a hide the animals that come in aren't on the menu but it doesn't take anything away from the experience of watching them up close. One can learn a lot from their behavior.


I also go over to W&S when I had enough time in the hide....... about 3hrs max these last few trips. I am trying to convice my wife to take up W&S with me, so that I dont have to spend so much time in the hide. But as Springhaas said, a tree stand is awesome as you don't feel boxed in and can see the animals around you. But when I started hunting I loved the hide.
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