Editor’s note: Avid bowhunter George Flournoy has made six safaris to Africa lasting more than 30 days and several other safaris with other hunters, videotaping their hunts. He helps hunters find the types of hunts they’re looking for on the Dark Continent. He advises them on what to take and what to leave at home, tells them what to expect and helps bowhunters pick the hunts that fit their pocketbooks.
One of the reasons I’m so fascinated with Africa hunting is because in four or five days, you’ll probably see more wildlife and different types of birds than you will see in your lifetime of bowhunting the States. Even though you may not be hunting for all these animals, seeing a wide variety and a large number of so many animals on one hunt is very thrilling. An African hunt is usually a once-in-a-lifetime hunt for most bowhunters. As the old saying goes, and I totally believe it, “once you hunt Africa, as soon as you get home, you’ll start saving money for another African hunt.” Most hunters who go to Africa for their first hunts will generally make two or three more hunts to this destination.
I believe that many of America’s big game species, especially in the West (with the exception of the whitetailed deer), are declining. Just having the opportunity to big game hunt in the West seems to be steadily declining. The opportunity to draw a tag to hunt many of the big game species of the West seems to be becoming more and more difficult. Many of the hunters I’ve talked with have found going to Africa for 10 days costs about the same price as hunting elk in New Mexico.
One of the reasons most bowhunters fall in love with hunting the Dark Continent is because it is a target-rich environment. I usually recommend South Africa for first-time bowhunters on an African safari, primarily due to the sure numbers of animals they will see. Many of the outfitters in this part of Africa set up ground blinds and tree stands around water holes. Then when the animals come in, they will be within bow range. This way, a hunter may take four or five animals on a 10-day hunt and possibly more. Plus, he’ll see hundreds of other animals that he never has seen before, and have the opportunity to video and photograph wildlife from the blind almost constantly. Bowhunters like to shoot their bows. When we go hunting, we like to take game. I know of no other place that a bowhunter will have more chances to see and take game than in Africa. The real secret to having an African hunt of your dreams is to begin by talking to other bowhunters who have been to Africa several times and learn about their experiences.
Since 1971, Flournoy, who has shot PSE bows for 30 years, has been helping hunters find the type of African hunt and African game animals they want to take. For answers to any questions you may have about an African hunt, whether, you’re a first-timer or a veteran of many African bowhunts, Flournoy will be happy to help you. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 1-755-673-5513.
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