By Jason Reid
Las Vegas, NV -(AmmoLand.com)- Each hunter is different and seeks different experiences while walking the convention floor.
Some hunters want a nice treestand hunt, others want a deep solo backpack hunt. Some may want to hunt birds. Others may have a passion for hunting big and dangerous game. All over the world there are different hunts with an element of danger whether it be through the terrain, or the animal. Here at SCI 2016 you can choose from a variety of dangerous hunts which can push your nerve and skill as a sportsman.
Water Buffalo: These Australian bulls ought to be taken seriously although they are typically calm unless wounded. Big bulls can weigh up to 2,400lbs. but have been successfully taken with both bow and rifle. Keys to hunting them are strategic shot placement and keeping your cool while in close. You can hunt free range water buffalo with Simon Kyle-Little of Australian Big Game Safaris. Visit www.australianbiggamesafaris.com for more information.
Elephants: A valued member of the Big Five, elephants are doing extremely well and in some cases have become problematic in destroying village crops. In talking with the guides at Wes Hixon’s Outdoor Adventures and Travel, the biggest key to hunting these animals is to have the right gun and be a proficient shot. Make sure you are not in thee escape rout of he rest of the herd when you do shoot. They also told me making sure the wind is right is crucial while approaching. If they feel threatened they may charge and can trample a person with no problem. To learn more visit www.weshixon.com for more information.
Cape Buffalo: They don’t call them “Black Death” for any silly little reason. They often run in herds and are known to charge especially when wounded. Wounded buffalo have been known to kill people every year. The guides at Stormberg Safaris tell hunters to come prepared to shoot well. These animals much edgier since they have to deal with predators quite frequently and they can turn on you in a moments notice out of instinct. Visit www.sesafaris.com for more information.
Lions: This apex predator is the king of controversy these days. Don’t mind the fact that money generated through lion hunting funds most of the anti-poaching efforts in Africa. Its’ not a big deal or anything. Tinishe Wildlife Ranch in the heart of the Kalahari is a managed area for lions. The guides told me the biggest challenge with hunting lions is their unpredictability. They are smart, strong and powerful so hunters must always be aware of the situation and be ready to react. For more information visit www.tinashegroup.co.za.
Brown Bear: Well known for their ferocity, power and dominance, brown bears are one of North America’s top predators. These bears must be treated with respect as you pursue them since they can have a temper. Master Alaskan guide Mike Munsey of Manse’s Bear Camp told me while they typically don’t have overly dangerous situations, the danger present with these bears. Although, once they had to dispatch a bear who charged their summer bear watching tour. Visit www.hunt.munseysbearcamp.com.
One of the positives of hunting with a guide for dangerous game animals is the experience you can lean on and learn from while pursuing these animals. There is a reason to hunt with guides who understand the animals and can put you in the right position to complete what is often a lifetime goal.
About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. See more from Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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