Buffalo Hunting Course

The nationally accredited 8 Buffalo hunting course has been developed specially for registered Professional Hunters that wish to guide clients on buffalo hunts. The theory includes age and trophy assessment, sexing, shot placement, hunting methods, following up of wounded buffalo, rifles and bullets for buffalo etc.

Range shooting includes speed shooting, shooting from sticks and charging buffalo targets. Practical buffalo age and trophy assessment, buffalo stalking as well as the hunting of a buffalo bull will be done. The subsequent photography, recovery and skinning will be a part of the course.

Qualifying students will receive a certificate that will be recognised by all the provinces in South Africa.

The following Buffalo hunting course program provides some insight in to the course content.

Buffalo Hunting Course

Day 1.
  • Morning
  • Course Introduction
  • Buffalo behaviour and ecology
  • Hunting ethics
  • Trophy, age assessment and sexing
  • Afternoon
  • Shooting range (run two shooting stations)
  • Sighting of rifles at 50m
  • Practice rifle handling and shooting exercises.
Day 2.
  • Morning
  • Planning and preparation of the hunt
  • Hunting methods
  • Tracking and follow-up of Buffalo
  • Afternoon
  • Practice rifle handling and shooting exercises.
Day 3
  • Morning
  • Field preparation and skinning
  • Suitable rifles, handguns and muzzleloaders
  • Trophy photography of Buffalo
  • Afternoon
  • Practice rifle handling and shooting exercises.
Day 4
  • Morning and Afternoon
  • Shooting and rifle handling assessments
  • –    Blindfolded loading and unloading of rifle.
  • –    Charging (moving) buffalo target.
  • –    Broadside buffalo shoot.
  • –    Short distance charge.
Day 5 to 8
  • Conduct a lethal hunt on a Buffalo
  • Learners take 3 trophy photographs each for assessment
  • Do recovery, skinning (shoulder mount) and field preparation of buffalo
  • Conduct approaches and stalks on buffalo (tracking, age determination, sexing and trophy assessment)

Theoretical examination on Day 6.