Have you ever tried hunting in the forest? If not, just give it a try to know your taste. Every adventure enthusiast finds satisfaction in different things such as hiking, surfing, shooting and rafting etc. If you are fed up of all these sports and looking of something different, hunting can be a good option. It is allowed in those areas where animals are abundantly available and killing a few will not imply any adverse impact on their population. Currently, South Africa is the largest hunting ground and hundreds from across the world visit here every year to win different trophies. Hunting involves special trophies that you will come to know here.
What is a hunting trophy?
The trophies of hunters are actually the proofs that they killed an animal. Rather than any medal or emblem, some body parts of animals are considered as trophies. For instance, the head of a stag with a pair of horns is a trophy. Similarly, tooth & claws are also collected by hunters as trophies. After shooting down an animal, its trophy parts are preserved with care to showcase as a trophy. During this hunt, government authorities carefully enlist some animal species with more population than usual. Along with animals species, the weapons are also restricted to an extent. Only approved weapon by authorities is allowed to use during the entire hunting period. Some areas are marked especially for this purpose and authorities restrict hunters from going beyond the limit. The hunter is allowed to collect and bring back the trophy to their residence in any country of their law allows it.
Guide for beginners before going out for trophy hunting
As a beginner of trophy hunting in South Africa, you need to gain basic knowledge regarding stealth, survival kit, guns and their cartridge etc. If your pre-planning is not satisfactory, the entire hunting trip will ruin. Trophy hunting is an expensive game because you have to pay a huge amount to the concerned authorities. Beginners should start with easy preys and small animals rather than directly jumping to water bulls or large wind cats. Read carefully some tips from the below article.
When it comes to the selection of weapons for beginner hunters, the rifle must be easy to load, less recoil and effective firepower. Some suitable rifle names are mentioned here to select:-
- Remington 783
This is a sleek bolt action rifle that has a good track record from history. This rifle is suitable for beginners in African trophy hunting safaris because of the affordable price range and reliability in all kinds of environments. Rather than cosmetic work, the entire focus of this rifle is on performance. The latest models of Remington 783 are made with nylon fiber material which is very robust & long-lasting. The rifle comes with a detachable magazine suitable for housing .308 mm rounds. The barrel length of this rifle varies between 20 to 24 inches. The bolt handle is very easy to operate & trigger system is equipped with a crossfire adjustable system. Apart from the synthetic material of butt, you can also avail it in camouflage, walnut and heavy barrel variants.
- Ruger Bolt action
This is a bolt action centerfire rifle made in Ruger & Co. production unit. The entire rifle is American made and comprises a great potential for serving beginners. Ruger American Rifle has a compact length of 22 inches with overall length 42.8 inches from butt to barrel. It comes with a detachable rotary magazine with a capacity of 4 rounds. Its cartridge can handle multiple ammo including .223 Remington, .207 Winchester, 5.56 mm Nato, & .300 blackout etc. The rifle has an easy grip & less recoil. You can mount a compatible scope for improving accuracy.
- Savage Axis Compact
The axis series of savage rifles are well known for its accuracy that many beginner rifles cannot provide. All models of Axis series are affordable and comprises of great potential to work in African hunting safaris. The compact model is a new addition after they discontinued the old version. The rifle has a 4 rounds detachable magazine that has compatibility with 243 caliber ammo. As the name is illustrating, it has a short barrel length of just 20 inches.
Accessories to carry
The selection of a suitable rifle is very important, but carrying other accessories is also equally important. Not down some accessories that are essential for every trophy hunter.
- A camouflage dress made with robust fiber to wear in all conditions.
- Never forget a compatible detachable scope
- Scent elimination spray, because the sniffing capability of wild animals is much higher than humans.
- A first aid kit
- Ready to eat high-calorie food to spend the entire day.
This information is enough to guide you with crucial information regarding trophy hunting. Select your model of rifle and prepare essential kit before going out.