Hunting season in South Africa is a time-honoured tradition that requires both skill and knowledge.
If you’re planning on participating in this year’s hunting season, it’s important to prepare yourself with the right tips and tricks. Fortunately, we at Copcas are here to help!
Let’s dive into it shall we.
1. Know your target and lodge.
2. Dress appropriately, it’s Winter in Africa after all!
Before you head out into the wild, make sure you know what you’re hunting for. In South Africa, specifically separated game reserves are stocked with game animals meant for hunting. Communicating with the lodge is crucial as they will provide all the necessary info on what animals are available and the pricing for each. Most lodges also provide the capacity to process your game, but we have our own thoughts on that!
South African hunting season can be hot and humid and cold all on the same day. Dressing appropriately can be tough but we strongly recommend layering something super warm on something breathable. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the bush in a pair of tight jeans and a leather jacket that keeps you uncomfortable. Opting for breathable, lightweight clothing that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day and for the cold nights, something warm. Don’t skimp on neutral and natural colours!
3. Stay hydrated
4. Don't be too loud
Hydration is key when it comes to hunting. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you and take regular breaks to sip on it. It can become the last thing on your mind when the hunt is on, but trust us when we say that hydration is key. Being stuck in the middle of nature with sunstroke is no joke!
While it may be tempting to shout and scream when you finally spot your prey, it’s important to keep your noise levels down. Loud noises can scare off animals and ruin your chances of a successful hunt. Being calm, cool, and collected is important for any hunting excursion. Chances are there will be others hunting along with you ad ruining a few days of tracking can happen quite easily if you’re not aware.
5. Keep a sense of humour!
Hunting can be a serious business, but it’s important to keep a sense of humour. You’ll be out for hours on end and sometimes coming up with nothing. That’s why seeing things on the brighter side is often the only sense of comfort in these situations.
Hunting in SA is part of our country’s culture. Going into it with an open mind and your wits about you keeps the whole experience alive. If it’s your first time, listen to the experts, chances are they have been doing this for a while. If it’s your umpteenth time going hunting, then we wish you all the best and encourage you to try out our at-home game processing kits to keep the hunt alive even when you return from your journey!