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The Ups and Downs of African Bowhunting

Jay McAninch August 4, 2014

When bowhunters pull back on animals, anything can happen. Each shot is affected by your technique, mindset, equipment, conditions, the animal’s wariness, and a little luck. If things work smoothly, you execute the shot and soon claim the animal. A well-placed shot provides deep satisfaction, but there’s usually some anxiety to sort out immediately after the shot as you replay what happened. In the end, each shot I have ever taken adds to my knowledge and continues building my capability…

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South African Bowhunting: What to Shoot?

Jay McAninch July 16, 2014

A few weeks ago, my three grandsons and I studied a list of animals roaming the Wintershoek properties I would bowhunt in South Africa. We checked out the usual suspects: impala, hartebeest, Kudu, springbok, wildebeest and zebra, most of which my grandsons recognized. We also studied the shot-placement diagrams in Kevin Robertson’s “The Perfect Shot.” We then reviewed the many other species listed on the Wintershoek website, and found an amazing number in all shapes and sizes.…

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Upgrading My Shooting for Africa

Jay McAninch July 14, 2014

While preparing for my bowhunting trip to South Africa, I worked to improve my shooting skills, which have been geared to whitetail hunting since my youth. I concede, however, that I seldom shot archery during the 20-plus years I spent raising my family, serving my community and pursuing my career. Further, as a stalwart bowhunter who shot only to bowhunt, I rarely practiced beyond 20 yards and never shot at deer beyond that range. I’m a conservative shooter – a practice reinforced by…

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A Bucket List Hunt

Jay McAninch May 28, 2014

I’ve always had a bowhunting bucket list, but it has changed and varied greatly the past half-century. When I started shooting bows in the late 1960s with my best friend, Jim Braden, our bucket list was to one day hunt and kill rabbits near home in southwestern Iowa. I don’t recall exactly when we bought our Ben Pearson 709 Hunter bows and some Port Orford cedar arrows (was there any other kind?), but I do know they came by mail order from Herter's in Waseca, Minn. Soon after, we…

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