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Old 05-26-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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My wife and I just returned from yet another incredible African adventure with Limcroma Safaris. This was our 5th safari with Limcroma to date. What an amazing experience! It was everything I hoped it would be and more!

The main focus of this safari was going to be a Cape buffalo hunted spot & stalk with a bow. No hides, no tree stands, no water holes, and no food sources... Open ground, cutting tracks and stalking in... Not that I am against any of the aforementioned methods, but that is not how I wanted to attempt my buffalo hunt. I entered this hunt completely aware that my chances of success would be small, but for me, trying to take one any other way would not have been the same challenge or reward.

On the morning of Day 7, I finally got my shot! By that evening, my Cape buffalo was in the salt. I cannot begin to express the range of emotion I felt at this point..... Elation, relief, accomplishment, mental exhaustion..... Never before have I experienced such an emotional roller coaster of highs and lows on the same hunt. Needless to say, I have a new and very profound respect for Cape buffalo. It was truly a team effort, and I cannot say enough about the skill and professionalism of the team that made this hunt possible. Hannes Els, and his staff are collectively the most impressive individuals that I have ever hunted with. There are very few African outfitters that have the qualifications, experience, and skill to pursue dangerous game with a bow. Hannes Els is one of them.... This buffalo was my first, and likely my last of the Big 5. It was an incredible experience in so many ways, and a memory that we will all share for the rest of our lives. My heartfelt thanks to everyone on the team that made this possible for me.

After the buffalo hunt, my wife and I also had the opportunity to take a couple of great trophies as well as a few management & cull animals with our bows. The highlight of her hunt was a huge old female giraffe that she took spot & stalk. She made a perfect frontal shot at 30 yards.

After our hunt with Limcroma, we headed up to the Caprivi strip located in northern Namibia on the Zambezi river. We had a blast fly fishing for tiger fish for 4 days.
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Old 05-26-2017, 11:35 AM   #2
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That looks like a hellava time. Congrats on the animals
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Old 05-26-2017, 11:44 AM   #3
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Congrats to you and your wife on another great trip! Beautiful Cape Buffalo as well!!
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Old 05-26-2017, 12:17 PM   #4
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Congrats! Looks like fun!


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Congrats. I can echo what he said about Limcroma. Going back for my 3rd time next month. Won't be any dangerous game for me but hopefully a lot of critters will die . Congrats again on some cool animals. I'm hoping to be able to chase a few night critters as well. Oh, and he is spot on about the food Marcel can cook up a storm.
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Impressed!!! and jealous.........
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Old 05-27-2017, 07:29 AM   #7
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Here are a few photos of the lodge and some of the typical sights you can expect to see at Limcroma. The lodges are really nice! Everything is first-class...
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Old 05-27-2017, 07:34 AM   #8
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Congrats on the buffalo. It is not easy with a rifle, I could only imagine what it would be like with a bow.
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:45 AM   #9
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Beautiful!

How did you get the giraffe to sit so still for the pic?
haha

That beetle looking creature is trying to take you back to its layer and feed you to its youngins
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:47 AM   #10
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Awesome! Congrats!
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:04 AM   #11
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Cape with a bow is a rush for sure! We are going back to the RSA August.

Couple of questions: What was your set up for the buff? Arrow weight, draw weight, distance of the shot....ect.

And the same for your wife set up on the Giraffe.
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Old 05-27-2017, 06:01 PM   #12
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Beautiful!

How did you get the giraffe to sit so still for the pic?
haha

That beetle looking creature is trying to take you back to its layer and feed you to its youngins
LOL...! I thought Texas had the market cornered on big bugs and thorns until I went to Africa! Every single plant and I do mean every one has thorns on it...
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Old 05-27-2017, 06:10 PM   #13
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Cape with a bow is a rush for sure! We are going back to the RSA August.

Couple of questions: What was your set up for the buff? Arrow weight, draw weight, distance of the shot....ect.

And the same for your wife set up on the Giraffe.
For this trip, I brought my old, beat up Diamond Black Ice. I had it cranked to 72lbs. and I have a 29" draw length. Although a dinosaur by today's standards, it is still the smoothest, most accurate bow I have ever owned. I also didn't mind dragging it through the dirt and brush.

My Cape buffalo arrow was a Grizzlystik Momentum Black 175 cut to 30" with 2" Blazer vanes and a Nocturnal nock. The arrows were custom built by Grizzlystik to have a 26% foc, and weighed a total of 975 grains with the Bishop Archery 315 grain 2-blade right single bevel, forged steel broadheads.

My shot distance on the buffalo was 17 yards. I made a follow-up insurance shot at 40. Even at 40 yards, the arrow buried 24" nearly to the fletchings. The arrow broke the ribs on the entrance and lodged in the rib cage on the opposite side.

Lisa brought her Mathews DXT at 52lbs. and 27.5" of draw. She also shoots Grizzlystik shafts custom built to 25% foc, at 650 grains of total arrow weight with a Helix 200 grain, 2-blade, right single bevel, broadheads. She got 20" of penetration on a frontal shot on her giraffe with that set-up. All of her other animals were pass-thrus.

I am a real believer in these high foc, heavy arrows and 2-blade single bevel broadheads for maximum penetration on all African game, not just the buffalo. The combinations performed extremely well for us. I have been recommending higher foc, and heavier overall arrows to African bow hunting clients for a while now. I have been impressed with the field results that I have seen first-hand from not only our set-ups but from other clients as well... I am also much more confident with the end result of that "less than perfect" shot which we will all make at some point.
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I would luv to do that one day. Congrats
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:00 AM   #15
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OMG those are some incredible pictures. Congrats on the trophies and thanks for sharing. I never would have thought of doing a safari with a bow. Did you have to convince them to let you bow hunt or do they welcome the sport of bowhunting there. I am soooo jealous!
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:20 PM   #17
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OMG those are some incredible pictures. Congrats on the trophies and thanks for sharing. I never would have thought of doing a safari with a bow. Did you have to convince them to let you bow hunt or do they welcome the sport of bowhunting there. I am soooo jealous!
Great question: There are lots of African outfitters that offer bow hunting. Yet, surprisingly, very few are actually knowledgeable and experienced bow hunters themselves. This is a very important factor to consider when researching African outfitters. Regardless of the outfitter you ultimately choose, make sure that they are properly set-up and experienced to accommodate bow hunters.

Almost all of the PHs at Limcroma are avid bow hunters themselves. They understand all of the small details necessary to ensure the success of their guests. Also, Hannes Els, the owner, is one of a very few African PHs that have both the qualifications and experience to hunt dangerous game with a bow....Hunting dangerous game is no freakin joke, and you better be sure that the people who you are hunting with can be trusted with your life!
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Old 05-28-2017, 01:42 PM   #18
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Great trophies.. Awesome mature Buff.. Hannis is first class.. Can't wait to go back with my whole family.
Al and Tye doing the taxidermy work?
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Awesome animals and trip!
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Old 05-28-2017, 02:17 PM   #20
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Lincroma has definitely put a lot of TBHers on critters over the years. My first trip back in 08' was with a Black Ice.........that bow was majic! Good choice on Grizzly Stic's........Garret is a good guy and wants folks that shoot his setups to be pleased.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:17 PM   #21
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Great trophies.. Awesome mature Buff.. Hannis is first class.. Can't wait to go back with my whole family.
Al and Tye doing the taxidermy work?
You bet..! I believe Al & Ty are headed over this summer for another hunt as well.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:20 PM   #22
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You bet..! I believe Al & Ty are headed over this summer for another hunt as well.
Yes. A big Croc is on the menu from what I understand. That would be a fun hunt to tag along on.. Congrats again on the trophies..
That Buff has some awesome hair.. He will make a beautiful mount.
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What BH is that? Looks like a big fixed.. How did it perform on that Buff?



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I was trying to see the same thing. Single bevel Massai on the buff I think.
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[QUOTE=ttaxidermy;12461270]What BH is that? Looks like a big fixed.. How did it perform on that Buff?

My Cape buffalo arrow was a Grizzlystik Momentum Black 175 cut to 30" with 2" Blazer vanes and a Nocturnal nock. The arrows were custom built by Grizzlystik to have a 26% foc, and weighed a total of 975 grains with the Bishop Archery 315 grain 2-blade right single bevel, forged steel broadhead.

My shot distance on the buffalo was 17 yards. I made a follow-up insurance shot at 40. Even at 40 yards, the arrow buried 24" nearly to the fletchings. The arrow broke the ribs on the entrance and lodged in the rib cage on the opposite side.

I was very pleased overall with the broadhead and the arrow. The guys at Grizzlystik are very knowledgeable and helpful and dialing in a set-up specific to your bow. I would highly recommend both the Grizzlystik arrow and the 315 grain broadhead from Bishop Archery for dangerous game. That broadhead was bullet proof... Neither one had a mark on it after retrieving it from the buffalo.

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Sorry... Double posted there by accident.
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Wow.. That's some great penetration... Maybe I missed it but what draw weight.?
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I recognize that dog and his owner. Otto is a great guy.

Congrats on the Buffalo
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Wow.. That's some great penetration... Maybe I missed it but what draw weight.?
72 lbs. @ 29".... These are the broadheads pulled from the buffalo.
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Impressive!!!!
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Looks like a great place with lots of game
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72 lbs. @ 29".... These are the broadheads pulled from the buffalo.
Did they come out of the shaft? Those look just like the Ashby heads I have.
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Very nice !!
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Did they come out of the shaft? Those look just like the Ashby heads I have.
Was wondering the same. Shank looks short. Either way it got the job done.
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Congrats on the trip, The fish looks impressive. Guess everything there can eat you..
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Did they come out of the shaft? Those look just like the Ashby heads I have.
No Landrover.... The first arrow broke off leaving the broadhead and about 6" of the arrow shaft with the brass insert attached. The second arrow was intact. I unscrewed in manually and pulled it out leaving the broadhead lodged in the opposite rib cage. It wasn't going to pull out easily, and there was no need to force it. They are glad to cut the broadheads out once the skinners get to work.

The Bishop broadhead is almost exactly the same dimensions as the Ashby head with the main difference being the composition of the steel used to forge the head.
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No Landrover.... The first arrow broke off leaving the broadhead and about 6" of the arrow shaft with the brass insert attached. The second arrow was intact. I unscrewed in manually and pulled it out leaving the broadhead lodged in the opposite rib cage. It wasn't going to pull out easily, and there was no need to force it. They are glad to cut the broadheads out once the skinners get to work.

The Bishop broadhead is almost exactly the same dimensions as the Ashby head with the main difference being the composition of the steel used to forge the head.
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The full length video of our safari with Limcroma is posted in the Bowhunting video section of the forum if anyone is interested. It is 23 minutes running time.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:36 AM   #39
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I copied the link here... Save you the trouble of looking in the other forum...

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Old 06-19-2017, 09:00 AM   #40
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AWESOME VIDEO

What the heck kind of bird was that? It sounded like a squeaky door! lol
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:27 PM   #41
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Great video. I didn't see Malcolm in the credits. Is not there anymore?
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Great video. I didn't see Malcolm in the credits. Is not there anymore?
Melcom has been very busy lately with his own videography business Melcom van Staden Productions. Melcom prefers doing travel hunts and he is out traveling the world filming hunts. Melcom is a good friend and a very talented videographer. He is still doing a handful of video hunts for his repeat Limcroma clients, but Henk and Bush Bro Productions have assumed the bulk of the work for guests hunting with Limcroma.

The demand for hunters wanting their safaris captured on video has increased exponentially in the last couple of years, and Henk has several very good cameramen working for him. He can handle the demand and his turn around time for editing and producing a video is very good.
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AWESOME VIDEO

What the heck kind of bird was that? It sounded like a squeaky door! lol
That is Africa's own "go away bird"... That is really what they call them in RSA.... I don't actually know if that is their real name or not...
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