New Merger Announced

December 2, 2014 in African Safaris, Bow hunting, Buffalo Hunting by Phillip Mostert

New HL Logo - white2 webOver the past 8 years Bushmans Quiver has been fortunate in establishing a solid, valued relationship with some of the best, most highly-qualified individuals, and businesses in the safari industry. Our growth has been enhanced by these associations, and we have built a solid reputation for the Bushnmans Quiver brand that is well-respected on the African Continent and abroad. We are happy and excited to announce that I am joining hands with two of my friends in the safari industry, Phillip Mostert and Freddie Oosterhuis of Hunting Legends International, to form a new partnership: HUNTING LEGENDS AFRICA. This merger will combine the allied strengths of both companies allowing us to improve our service and commitment to our client base and set the stage for an even larger global footprint within the safari industry.

By combining our knowledge, skills and experience HUNTING LEGENDS AFRICA, as well as our client base will benefit from a total of 65 years of solid experience in the safari industry. I will be the Principal Outfitter and Managing Director of Hunting Legends Africa and will be personally committed to guiding this merger. I am very pleased also to announce that my professional staff from Bushmans Quiver will be making the transition with me and we will gain additional experienced field staff from Hunting Legends International. We will be effecting the completion of this merger over the next few months as we consolidate our businesses, modify our websites (www.bushmansquiver.com and www.huntinglegends.com), etc.

Some of the exciting changes I can hardly wait to share with you is a new base lodge located in Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province, South Africa. This is not that far from our former base camp in Modimolle; many of you have passed through Thabazimbi from Modimolle on your way to some of our hunting concessions. The transport time from Johannesburg International Airport is only about 30 minutes longer. More importantly, our inventory of hunting concessions, and their average size, will increase dramatically. The density and variety of both huntable and non-huntable animals is solidly improved through this merger. You will truly be amazed, as well, at the diversity of terrain appearing within these concessions.

For those of you have already booked your 2015 safari under the Bushmans Quiver name, or have initiated your safari planning with Bushmans Quiver, we will deliver the same solid safari experience and personal commitment to your expectations and satisfaction as we have always been known for. If there are any changes to your experience at all it will be the addition of the enhancements I have already cited above. When you complete your safari with us your account balance will be settled through Hunting Legends Africa ledger sheets. In the meantime, you may continue to communicate with me and established members of the Bushmans Quiver staff through the email addresses that are familiar to you.

For those of you still anticipating a quality African Safari we welcome you to our new Hunting Legends Africa family and invite you to come share the wildness, excitement, and adrenaline that hunting our expanded concessions are sure to offer you.

Please feel free to contact me (stephan @ huntinglegends.com) to provide you the most up-to-date information on our merger, as well as to complete your safari planning.

Finally, I know all of you will be excited to see our expanded show list for 2015 (see below). Please come visit us at one of these popular venues. It will mean so much to us to see old friends as well as to meet new ones. I am confident that when you do, and see what we have new to offer, that you will be as excited about future hunting experiences with us as we are to offer them to you.

Stephan van der Merwe
Managing Director
Hunting Legends Africa
email: stephan @ huntinglegends.com

 

Buffalo Hunting

December 14, 2013 in Buffalo Hunting, Hunting Big 5 by Hunting Legends

Ever considered Buffalo Hunting in Southern Africa?

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The African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) was first described scientifically as a Boss caffer by Sparrman in 1779 and later in 1847 the genes Syncerus was created for it. The name caffer refers to the Arab word kafir and based on an Arabic term kafara, which means, ‘not to beleive‘. There are 5 sub species of African Buffalo, however, the African Savanna Buffalo of Southern and Eastern Africa has the widest distribution.

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The African Buffalo (also called Cape Buffalo) in Southern Africa is considered by most to be the most dangerous of all of the Big Five. While they might seem calm and relaxed in the herd gracing away, the can quickly turn extremely aggressive when agitated or wounded. African Buffalo are found all over Southern Africa. They roam and graze in herds and can weigh up to 1800 pounds with the height of almost 1,5 meters. It is no wonder many hunters feel intimidated coming face to face with this awesome creature. A herd is usually led by a dominant bull and they prefer open savanna with tall grass, shade and water. Buffalo will avoid flood plains and trampled grasslands and are not partial to recently burned areas. When night falls they will herd up to protect the young from their enemy, the Lion.

Buffalo-size

The African Buffalo shows the greatest variation in horn shape and build of all African mammals. The horns of a fully grown Buffalo bull can be a spectacular site, with a wide spread, deep curls and a solid boss covering the forehead, a Buffalo bull can be an awesomely fearsome creature. The Roland Ward record book for African Buffalo is a Buffalo with a spread of 64 inches, held by M H Cabrera. The record Buffalo breeding bull ever sold was an East African Buffalo bull named ‘Mystery’, measuring 53,4 inches, that sold for a whopping US$4million.

MysteryMystery – sold for $ 4 million

Looking at the growing demand in top quality trophies, it is no wonder breeders are willing to pay a premium to breed top quality Buffalo ensuring top gene pools, sustainable conservation and protection of this specie. In 2009 there were over 133 000 East African Buffalo, 27 000 West African Buffalo, 60 000 Wood & Forest Buffalo and more than 680 000 Cape Buffalo. Buffalo bulls mature with Roland Ward status by the age of 8 years old.

Buffalo Hunting…

An African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo hunting safari is the most memorable experience of a lifetime!!! Once you hunted a Buffalo you will be addicted, and, this addiction to hunt Buffalo will far exceed all other species, including Lion, Leopard and Elephant!.

Every gun maker and caliber designer in the world has one outstanding desire and that is to test his product against the big five in Africa. The African Buffalo is hunted the most of the big five and the most sought after trophy on a hunting safari. Many hunters and conservationists all loved to hunt Buffalo, and, wrote books or short stories about their Buffalo Hunting safaris and experiences they enjoyed so much.

What caliber to use?

With a well-placed shot, a rifle of .375 caliber is adequate for hunting African Buffalo, however, a shot from any of the 40 calibers will provide a much more immediate and noticeable effect. Many hunters prefer to make their first shot on an African Buffalo with a soft point for maximum force and to prevent over-penetration and the chance of wounding other members of the herd. Back-up shots are usually made with solids to take advantage of their superior penetration in the kill zone. On the first shot, once the Buffalo is wounded and its adrenalin is rushing through its veins, it can be extremely hard to take down. It has been said that if your first shot on a Buffalo is a bad shot, the next 10 rounds will only serve to annoy it. It is important to rely on the advice of your Professional Hunter, when it comes to shot placement and your selection of rifles and bullets, always trust the judgment of your Professional Hunter.

What is the cost?

Although most probably the cheapest of the Big 5 hunts, Buffalo Hunting is by no way a ‘cheap hunt’ in both sense of the words. A well deserved 10 days Buffalo Hunting Safari on a fantastic wildlife reserve, with 5 star lodge accommodation and an incredible experience of a lifetime, hunting free roaming African Buffalo will cost you in the region of US$20,000 all inclusive. You just need to get on a plane and get here, the rest we will do and arrange for you all included in your US$20,000 investment in an unbelievable Buffalo Hunting experience.

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Be sure to click on the link above and request a quote on your dream African Buffalo Hunt.

Buffalo Hunt with Sakhr Almulhem

November 4, 2013 in Buffalo Hunting by Hunting Legends

When Sakhr made his inquiry for a Buffalo Hunt with Hunting Legends, we got excited about him wanting to bring his kids along for their first African hunting Safari. The kids were awesome and even with their first time handling a rifle, they were perfect hunters. Dressed up and ready for the hunt they shot their targets with precision and accuracy. Every animal hunted went down on the spot. Sakhr then decided to take his buffalo, but only after the kids got what they came for.

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Clements Group – African Wedding and Hunting Safari

November 4, 2013 in Bow hunting, Buffalo Hunting, Hunting Lodges, Weddings by Hunting Legends

Kevin Clements and friend Steve Johnson first met with us in the US at the SCI hunting show and made their decision to hunt with Hunting Legends. It eventually turned out to be not only a hunting safari but an African Wedding and Hunting Safari of note. Kevin and his beautiful new wife Mechelle decided to make their hunting safaris one to remember forever and joined their lives on the Valley of the Kings Thaba Motswere with a true South African wedding in the heart of the bush-veldt.

Wedding-Photography-5Kevin & Mechelle on the day of their wedding in the African bush.

Lion & Buffalo Hunting Safari – on “Honeymoon”

Before and after the wedding it was hunting for the men and the guys had loads of fun and got the animals they came for. Kevin, Steve, Chuck and Tommy, all got their Lions and Lionesses. A nice Big buffalo was on the menu as well. All animals were taken by bow.

Kevin-Lion-bow-$25000All the Lions were taken in the Kalahari, on foot and with a bow.

Bufallo-SteveAn Awesome Buffalo Hunt with Steve.

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