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African Cull Hunt – come and enjoy some Trigger Time

African cull hunting offers the opportunity to shoot many animals at a very attractive price. We offer two very reasonably priced cull hunting packages in South Africa as well as standard trophy hunting safaris.

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South African Plains Game Cull Hunting

African Cull hunting in South Africa is required to keep the number of animals in check to avoid overgrazing. This stems from animals having no natural predators in many parts of South Africa. Predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs.

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Cull Hunting Packages in South Africa

30 Animal African Cull Hunt Package

1 Hunter $7500 2 Hunters $6500 each.

Eight days of hunting are all-inclusive for the following 30 animals. No day fee & inclusive of accommodation and meals

  • 4 Kudu Bulls
    (All Non-Trophy)
  • 4 Impala Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 12 Springbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 4 Warthog Boars
    (1 Trophy Boar)
  • 2 Common Blesbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 2 White Blesbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 2 Mountain Reedbuck Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • Add any Trophy Animals from our Trophy Fees Price List
30 animal south african cull hunt

20 Animal South African Cull Hunt Package

1 Hunter $6000 2 Hunters $5000 each.

Eight days of hunting are all-inclusive for the following 20 animals. No day fee & inclusive of accommodation and meals

  • 4 Impala Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 6Springbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 4 Warthog Boars
    (1 Trophy Boar)
  • 2 Common Blesbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 2 White Blesbok Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • 2 Mountain Reedbuck Rams
    (1 Trophy Ram)
  • Add any Kudu Bulls at $400 per cull
    (All Non-Trophy
    )
  • Add any Trophy Animals from our Trophy Fees Price List
30 animal south african cull hunt
Best prices for an african safari hunting package

South African Cull Hunt Client Experience

Introduction

I saw a posting on another website for an African Cull Hunt for twenty animals. The cull hunting in South Africa was five trophies and fifteen culls for Springbuck, Impala, Blesbok, Mountain Reedbuck, and Warthog.

Blesbok are included in a south African plains game cull hunt.

I did not care about the trophies. I could not figure out how to work in my schedule, but my wife suggested I add it to the end of our Vic Falls trip – saving airfare money and a few days of travel.

Sometime before the hunt, Nick contacted me and asked if I was open to having other hunters in camp. I do not mind, but mostly since they were in the Army, I was okay with it.

Rifle Used

Nicks Remington 700 in 7mm Remington Magnum, a Swarovski 3-18 x 50 red dot scope, and a tactical turret.

Animals saw: Springbucks, Warthog, Impala, Kudu, Blesbok (by order of quantity), Mountain Reedbuck, Nyala, Duiker, Steenbok, and Sable. Also, I saw a yellow mongoose and rock hyrax. I could have forgotten a few.

I have previously been to Limpopo and Zambia, and I have never been satisfied with my shooting, so I thought cull hunting in South Africa would be a great experience.

What is an African Cull Hunt about?

What to Expect?

I didn’t know what to expect from cull or management hunting in South Africa. Once on TV, I saw a cull hunt where someone had a portable shooting bench, and the TV made it look like a shoot and stack them up.

I got the impression that it was a “lesser” form of hunting, which turned out to be the same as hunting anywhere else, except you have multiple tags, and your “trophy” has different characteristics.

We hunted by getting on the high ground and glassing and stalking. Stalking down a valley when bush was thick; Setting up on an elevated rocky outcrop looking for a shot, or having the trackers conduct a drive for us.

The weather was 30-40 degrees cooler than Vic Falls. You could see for miles on the open terrain, which contained valleys, hills, and draws.

I cannot share every stalk because many stalks were unsuccessful: animals spooking at 400+ yards.

Enjoying dinner on our safari.

Some of the South African Cull Hunt Highlights

Some days, we had so much wind I could not get stable on the sticks. So, I will share some of the highlights of the hunts.

One chilly morning we sat in a valley with three rims of the canyon six to seven hundred yards away.

The wind was gusting too much, and the sticks were impractical. We got prone on an earthen dam above the vegetation.

You could see a dust cloud where the 75 to 100 Springbok and fifty or so Blesbok were running. The animals were an impressive sight as they crossed the valley rim.

We waited until they drifted down into range and stopped running. I have no idea why these animals were running. I think they ran more than they stopped.

Nick also offers a 30 animal cull hunting South Africa package.

Enjoying dinner on our safari.

What Happens on an African Cull Hunt

Nick told me to shoot a Blesbok outside of the herd. There was a very strong crosswind. Nick told me to aim almost to the butt of the Blesbok in front of it. . I’m guessing an 18-24-inch gap between the two animals.

Nick set the range on the scope, and the buck dropped in his tracks when I fired. Nick said it was at 357 yards. I thanked Nick for the guidance on the wind, and he thanked me for listening to him because most hunters would second guess him.

We finished that morning by shooting two other Blesbok from the prone position.

Cull hunting in South Africa with Nick Bowker.

Previously in Zambia, my PH Charlie Harvey talked about hunting being freedom. I felt that release on this trip. It was a state of inner peace and tranquillity. All I thought about was the hunt: I didn’t worry about bills, family, or business. All I did was hunt, shoot, eat, and sleep.

On another occasion, we were on some high ground, and the sticks were not stable enough with the wind. The floor was covered with stones with sharp edges- larger than bricks.

Black jack our hunting dog

African Cull Hunt

I proceeded to get into a sitting position – uncomfortable, and Nick built up stones to have a rest. I shot an Impala at 281 yards and ran about twenty yards into the brush.

The trackers and dogs went around to drive it out of the brush or see if it was dead. The Impala shot from the brush as I was about to shoot him; I saw the long-legged Jack Russel terrier in my scope by the name of Blackjack.

Blackjack grabbed hold of the nose of that Impala and was wrestling him, stirring up a cloud of dust. Blackjack wrestled him only a minute or so, but it was enough to wring the life out of the Impala.

Cull hunting in Africa with Nick Bowker

There were a few occasions where I wish I had a phone scope or filmed the hunt. Blackjack wrestled a total of five animals during that week.

While out and about hunting, we saw a herd of Sables. There was a male about 44-45″. He looked phenomenal and was all I could think of for the next day.

I did not want to turn this into a trophy hunt because I would like to take more home than just the Sable, but I could not stop thinking of him until I saw a Nyala.

Springbok shot on an African safari cull hunt.

One-horned Nyala hunt

On our way to another area of glass, we saw a one-horned Nyala, of which I stopped and took some pictures.

On our return trip, the Nyala was still there. Nick explained that he has been messing with people for over ten years.

People would see his one horn, get excited, and then turn disappointing when they saw the other horn was missing.

Nick mentioned that he was fifteen years old and would not make it another year. I asked Nick and agreed to us hunting it the following day.

Returning to the area the following day, there was no sign of the Nyala. We spent the morning glassing and stalking with no success. We returned and saw him in the afternoon.

I set up on the sticks, but he never stopped running. We went back up on the high ground and walked down to the area we saw him enter.

He was visible through a break in the brush. There was a wire sheep fence in front of us.

White and common blesbok shot on an African cull hunt.

African Cull Hunt

I know the probability of hitting a wire may be slim, but I hit a wire previously, so I did not want to take a chance.

I only fear the Internal Revenue Service and shooting through brush or wire fences.

We decided to work our way closer to the wire fence’s other side. In the open, some cow Nyala spooked, which was the end of the hunt for that evening.

We went back out in force the following day. One PH and a hunter were hunting for a trophy Nyala down the Nyala Valley, as I had named it.

Another PH (short for professional hunter) and hunter were done and out scouting for both of us. We did not see the one-horned Nyala, but Clinton, the other hunter, took a nice Nyala. We did not expect to see him again.

Back out in the afternoon, and there he was, standing 323 yards away in the open. I set up on the hood of the truck fired, and he ran ten yards — a great conclusion to some wonderful African cull hunting.

Data – Shots

  • Shots Fired: 41
  • Misses: 10

Most of my misses were slightly high, especially over 500 yards. I am guessing that I am still breathing.

  • Number of Animals Shot: 30 (Can purchase extra animals)
  • Number of Animals shot twice: 1
  • Animals wounded and not found: 1 (tracker and dogs tracked for 2 miles; re-joined the herd)
  • Trackers had to finish off three animals
Warthog shot in the Eastern Cape

Range to animals shot

Average distance to animal shot: 293 yards (previously in Limpopo, my average was 60 yards)

  • Farthest Shot: 504 yards
  • 100 yards or less: 3 Closest shot 72 yards
  • 101 yards to 200 yards: 3
  • 201 yards to 300 yards: 6
  • 301 yards to 400 yards 15
  • 401 yards to 500 yards 2
  • 500+ yards 1

Results

  • Nineteen out of thirty animals dropped where they were shot
  • One animal needed a second shot
  • Nine animals ran on average of twenty yards once they were shot (Excluding the one wounded who got away)
Around the camp fire

Shooting Positions

  • I used the prone position to shoot three animals.
  • I used the sitting position to shoot one animal.
  • Sticks to shoot seven animals.
  • The hood of the Land Cruiser to shoot nineteen animals. The hood of the Land Cruiser was my preferred position because of the stability in the wind.
Springbok shot in the Eastern Cape

Animals Taken

  • Blesbok 3
  • Impala: 8
  • Mountain Reedbuck 2
  • Nyala 1
  • Springbok 12
  • Warthog 4

Nick had phenomenal eye sites and could locate animals without his 10 x 42 Swarovski binoculars. He was a personable, knowledgeable PH with the patience to listen to my lying hunting stories.

I became conditioned when Nick’s binoculars went to his face; my binoculars went to my face to find what he was looking at on the hill.

I don’t know if everyone does this, but I play a game and try to find an animal before the PH. He finds 99/100, but it is a small thrill to see one before he does.

With many additions, the Nicks family homestead from the 1800s was our base camp. The bedroom was large and comfortable, and I think we all had our bathrooms. The water was hot, and the water pressure was excellent.

The food was excellent and plentiful — no shortage of beverages. Hospitality was superb. Equipment was in great shape, including a brand-new Land Cruiser.

Impala on a South African cull hunt
Cull hunting in South Africa with Nick Bowker

Review of Nick Bowker South African Cull Hunting

Mark and I highly recommend Nick’s venue for any first-timer wishing to get an excellent hunt for a fair price or those who have already hunted the Dark Continent.

Warthog cull hunt with nick bowker

Arrival

I’m just back from our African hunting (Cull hunting trip) in South Africa with Nick Bowker Hunting at Olive Fountain Ranch, south of Bedford, South Africa, with my good friend, AH member, and hunting partner Mark.

Arriving on Saturday afternoon in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, we had time to check the rifles and make any necessary adjustments. Nick’s bench is only a few steps from the sleeping quarters, and we were good to go after a few shots. We took the two on one twenty animal South African cull hunt and trophy package each.

In the truck and down the farm lanes, the first day was whatever opportunity arose. If it were in the package, we’d “make a plan.” Six o’clock came quick, and after coffee and some cereal, we were set for a six forty-five departure time. 

After observing the terrain and the heavier bush than what our previous trips to the Northern Cape presented, we were both somewhat skeptical about taking the list in the allotted time frame. That fear was quickly alleviated when a springbok was spotted sneaking down through a hillside of acacias within the first hour. Nick suggested we circle and see if we could get in position with the sticks for a fairly close shot.

Springbok South African cull hunt
Impala shot in the Eastern Cape

First Animal on our South African Cull hunt

We walked slowly a few hundred meters down a hillside, and we were in position. I just got the rifle settled in the Rudolph sticks, waiting for it to appear from behind an acacia bush. I see its rear quarter drop as it decides it’s time to lay down.

The acacia partially obscured it at about ninety meters. I gently lifted the sticks, repositioned them, looked back at Nick, and asked if I could take a shot. Scope set at the low power. I zoomed in to see if any obstructions. There was nothing in the way for a shoulder shot, I pulled the trigger, and the first animal was down. High fives, a call to the trackers, and back on the truck, stopping and glassing along the way until another potential shot was spotted.

Daily Routine for Cull Hunting Packages South Africa

Nick’s routine for cull hunting in South Africa is to hunt until eleven or so, then head back to the ranch for morning brunch, a two-hour break, then back out to another hunting area in the afternoon. With a power nap, this worked out well for both of us. I finished the day with an impala, and Mark took a springbok, mountain reedbuck, and a warthog. On occasion, for whatever reason, one of us will defer to the other, but on this hunt, we were never more than one or two animals apart.

Mountain Reedbuck

Daily Routine and Meals

Warthog shot

At the end of each day’s hunt, it was back to the ranch for a shower with a fresh towel, catching up on any communications via wi-fi or phone, and then over to the dining hall for some appetizers, libations, and then dinner and dessert. Laundry was done daily and returned after the afternoon hunt. Clothes were pressed, folded, and on the bed.

Except for two evenings, all barbecue-cooked dinners with venison of various stripes, lamb chops, leg of lamb, pork, and beef were served. The fallow deer backstrap shishkabobs were supreme. The meat was done to order by Master Chef Nick. Homemade desserts made by Nick’s lovely wife topped off the meal. If one went hungry here, it’d be their fault.

Side note, I’m a kombucha drinker, and with Nick’s wife making a trip to Grahamstown, I asked her if she could get some. That evening in the fridge, there were two bottles she found at a fresh market in town.

Warthog cull taken in South Africa

Cull Animals shot

Springbok shot

I kept a log for each day and my final tally was seven springbok, four mountain reedbuck, four blesbok, four impala, and three warthogs. Most animals killed in a day were four and the least, one. The extra springbok were common rams in with the variant herd. We took them on the last two evenings. Mark was overweighted on warthogs but still got twenty animals at the package price.

For both of us we had the most fun spotting warthogs from the truck and then getting out and stalking them to within a hundred meters or closer, setting up on the sticks and taking the shot. Sometimes we’d put in a good amount of time and distance only to be given the slip by these wily beasts, but in the end, the 28 Noslers made short work of the unlucky ones.

Last but not least, cannot leave out their two tenacious hunting dogs, Blackjack and Bella who, if necessary, we’re ready to track and bring down any runners who didn’t know they were on their way to animal heaven.

For any first-timer wishing to get a great hunt for a fair price, or for those that have already hunted the Dark Continent, both Mark and I highly recommend Nick’s venue.

Travel Advice

Impala cull hunting in the Eastern Cape South Africa

We flew Qatar through Doha, and let’s say, no comparison with Delta, and the extra money for the business Qsuites is worth it. There is longer time in the air and if taking firearms, the additional paperwork and time to check in but other than that, no issues, smooth sailing on both ends. 


Philly was an hour and a half from when I arrived at the airport until I was through security and at the gate. I know others that didn’t have the detailed check-in, but I wouldn’t count on it. The entire process is constantly in flux, and the protocol is random, so it’s more difficult to game the system. 

We were fortunate to have short layovers, four hours in Doha, and an hour and twenty minutes returning. With two security checkpoints/scans before boarding, we cut it short on the return as they were starting to board when we got to the gate at Doha for the second leg to Philly. 

Springbok cull hunt with Nick Bowker Hunting

COVID Test

Springbok shot in the Eastern Cape

We got our kungfu tests in Grahamstown the morning of the day before departure and had our results by seven o’clock that evening via their app and email, which cost 850R/61.13U.S. paid with a credit card. The only other expense was getting dinged for an extra bag by Airlink, $41.13 each way. 

Traveling with Qatar

One caveat with Qatar in Joberg (usual disclaimer, this ain’t Kansas, Toto) if taking firearms to allow plenty of time for check-in and all your paperwork (4457s, copy of passport, firearm surrender form, and test results. They took photos of everything, and check-in is by committee. I don’t know about other agencies but using Bid Air through Gracy Travel, and dependent on the time of day, you may have to stand in LONG security lines. We blew through the assisted passenger line in about ten minutes versus who knows how long in the other queue. 

Arriving in Philly, a Qatar rep had our guns on a cart and met us at the baggage carousel almost when we arrived, then wheeled them over to Customs for check-in and then to the elevator for ground transportation. Overall, a pleasant and efficient experience with all Customs and TSA personnel in Philly.

Mountain Reedbuck Cull hunting with Nick Bowker Hunting
What is cull hunting, and why is it needed?

Cull Hunting is required to keep the number of animals in check to avoid overgrazing. This stems from animals having no natural predators in many parts of South Africa. Predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs.

Warthog cull hunting in the Eastern Cape South Africa
Mountain Reedbuck
Management hunt with Nick Bowker