Have you always wanted to hunt down a formidable beast like the African Cape Buffalo with only a bow and arrow? With a strong conditioned arm (you would definitely need all the muscle power and force your arm could exert), the perfect bow and arrow that will deliver enough kinetic energy for an instant humane kill, and of course a permit from the local government or the big hunting game department to stalk and hunt a Cape Buffalo, you’re good to go on the hunting trip of your dreams. By the end of this page, you will have a concrete idea on how to accurately prepare for a successful Cape Buffalo hunting using a champion’s deadly bow.
Cape Buffalos, also commonly known as the African Buffalo, are the largest of its kind that naturally occur in the continent of Africa. They are wild bovids from the family Bovidae that stands 51 to 59 inches, weighs about 930 to 2000 pounds (bulls are usually over 200 pounds heavier than the cows), with a muscular and skeletal build heavier than any North American animal, and have horns that grow over 40 inches across. Despite its very close resemblance with the water buffalo, its origin still remains unknown.
Typically, prior to the actual Cape Buffalo bow hunt, you should first do a lot of research and penetration tests on the perfect combination of a bow, arrow, and broadhead. You can opt for a heavy bow and arrow and a heavy double blade broadhead. The weight of the best bow to use in hunting a Cape Buffalo should be around 80 pounds. Depending on its length, size shafts, and other additional accessories, your arrow’s total weight should be around 800 to 1000 grains. Your bow and arrow’s efficiency will largely depend on your own calculations that would get you the desired kinetic energy, shot placement strategies, and other techniques.
To give you an idea, one of the more successful hunters used an 80-pound Hoyt RKT bows and Easton Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game 28 and a half inch arrows, with 250 size shafts each weighing 17.2 grains per inch, a 9 grain X Nock, fletches in four inches, and a 75 grain Brass X HIT Break Off insert. With these he made use of Phantom SS two-blade broadheads that weighed 200 grains. In total, his arrow weighed a total of 816.2 grains, giving him the ability to produce an initial kinetic energy of 86.15 ft/lbs.
A 90-pound draw weight Bowtech Tribute with Smooth Cams and a 27-inch draw length, a 28 inched Easton 2018 Aluminum arrow accessorised with Easton Trooper Fiberglass shafts inside, Luminoks, a 200-grain Muzzy Phantom stainless steel broadhead and a two-blade double bevel edge with the bleeder blades removed will surely deliver a classic kill shot.
You may also include other accessories such as a 3-pin Tru-Glo sight, NAP Quicktune Rest, stringer release, Nikon Realtree Rangefinder, and an Alpine Quiver.
Having been around the mountains of North America more times than I can count, I am a witness to the glory days of hunting rifles, the hunters that used them, their effectiveness or lack thereof. Precision shooting, especially in the wilderness of the cold and rocky Alaska, Northern United States or Canada requires a rifle that’s lightweight, dependable, accurate and of course – weatherproof.
There are no perfect hunting rifles and they all have advantages and disadvantages. Some hunting rifles incorporate super lightweight materials but hunters have trouble with accurate shooting as its recoil has significantly increased. There are also shooting rifles that have high hit accuracy but are too damn heavy to carry that it will burn up all your calories while halfway through the hunt. As an experienced hunter myself, I always recommend rifles that has a minute of arc (MOA) shooting consistency of 1 ½ and yet is still as uber lightweight as ever. Like most hunters, I have my ten best hunting rifles that I would take with me anytime, anywhere on a mountain hunt. Some of these you may have seen on TV while you watch Pursuit Channel online.
Here are My Top 10 Picks for Mountain Hunting
1) Kimber 84M Mountain Ascent
Kimber’s latest Mountain Ascent model – the 84M – has taken hunting to the next level. It is probably the lightest production rifle on the market weighing in only at 4 pounds and 13 ounces. It has the perfect length, easy to carry around, sits right on your shoulder and it feels good to the touch. It also sports an all-weather construction that will make your mountain hunting experience a memorable one. The suggested retail price of this gun is around $2,040. Want to get more expert advice on hunting rifles? Then watch Pursuit Channel online!
2) Double Broom Mountain Rifles
Then there’s the Double Broom Mountain Rifles. It has an accent of beauty in it and yet it is lightweight and rugged. Packing up your hunting and camping equipment and this hunting rifle at your back, you’ll be set for your mountain hunting trip. The best thing about Double Broom Mountain Rifles is that you can have them custom made for your own specifications and they are excellent for precision shooting.
3) Savage Model 16/116 FCSS
Another brand that champions precision shooting is Savage guns, they make the best hunting rifles in the market and their accuracy is second to none. The Savage Accutrigger feature is the favorite of mountain hunters and at only 7 pounds, it has the ideal weight-to-recoil ratio. You will sharpen your hunting skills in no time using this hunting rifle and it sells just over $850, it is friendly to your budget.
4) Ruger M77 Hawkeye All-Weather
There’s no arguing with this rifle when it comes to ruggedness and dependability. It can withstand varying weather conditions, weighs 7 pounds more or less and has good accuracy – a perfect combination for mountain hunting. Along with your toothbrush and some clean socks, this is one of the best hunting rifles that you might want to pack along your hunting and camping equipment.
5) Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS
One of the most famous brands on hunting rifles, Winchester has always emphasized on the different weather conditions in designing their weapons; and true enough the Model 70 Extreme Weather SS says it all. It is 3 quarter pounds lighter than the Remington 700 XCR II, but it has a Bell & Carlson stock, a floated barrel and controlled feed pre-64 style action, which means this thing can keep firing all day and you won’t get any complaints from it.
6) HS Precision 2000 PHL
Their reputation for making excellent hunting rifles does indeed precedes their name, and any serious mountain hunter will never say “no” to their guns, especially with the 2000 PHL. The HS Precision 2000 PHL is so accurate that it guarantees a sure hit as it can fire at ½ MOA (minute of arc). Thanks to its composite materials it only weighs at 5.75 pounds which is a strong contributor to its accurate shots. This rifle has been featured in many of the shows you’ve watch Pursuit Channel online. It doesn’t come cheap though as standard pricing for this beautiful machine is around $3,000.
7) Christensen Arms Carbon Custom
Christensen Arms likes to trade futuristic rifles and other weapons for hunting and shooting purposes. Using carbon composites to build their hunting rifles, the weight of the gun has been greatly reduced. On top of that it also has an impeccable accuracy which make you love it even more! Average cost per rifle is around $3,000 and it goes higher as you request for some extras.
8) Remington Model 700 XCR II
The XCR II is built for extreme conditions [that’s what the (x) stands for] and it is of the classic model 700 which is highly refined. The scratchproof and weather resistance feature of the rifle is provided by TriNyte coating which merges perfectly with stainless steel. While I applaud the Remington model 700 XCR II as one of the best hunting rifles in the market this much, it does have a downside to it though, and it weighs down on your shoulder at 7.3 lbs. But besides the uneasy weight of this gun, everything is okay. It’s out of the box accuracy can be counted on always and it has a variety of munition calibers available besides the usual 0.22s. You can get this hunting rifle for $1,005 more or less and some stores offers discounts too! This rifle is an excellent addition to your hunting and camping equipment.
9) Thompson Center Venture Composite SS
Some rifles make the hunter but some hunters make the rifle. Your rifle should be an extended part of your limb and not just another tool that you use for hunting. It is unfortunate sometimes that gun manufacturers overrate their guns on paper and yet it can’t deliver what it says. So if you’ve had enough spending on overpriced fancy hunting rifles, then I recommend you get a custom made one that fits your needs and your budget. What will you get? Oh not much, just a guaranteed 1 MOA accuracy, an externally adjustable trigger, match crowned barrel and a good caliber variety. It’s very underpriced at $600 apiece and yet overqualified for mountain hunting or any other types of hunting that you won’t believe you’re actually paying so little and getting so much!
10) Nosler M48 Custom
This is one hunting rifle that’s hard to get your hands on, simply because it’s quite expensive. Just the mention of the price and people will get that frown of a little disgust that it’s beyond their budget for hunting rifles. But the pricing is reasonable though because you’ll get superb shooting accuracy, cerakote finish tough and durable materials and custom to order barrel lengths. Watch Pursuit Channel online and get live hunting action from our shows and the various hunting rifles being featured there!
When it comes to self defense there’s only one absolute: it’s either you take down the other guy or he takes you down. There is no middle ground, so you better make sure that you will always have the advantage in every sticky situation. I’ve prepared 5 best tips on how to learn self defense the better and faster way and it can help you successfully defend yourself in real life situations. So read them and put them to practice to sharpen your self-defense skills. Practice them in your mind many times before your practice them in real-time. Generally you can use these tips to learn anything besides martial arts; they are more for the mind than the body. You can catch the TV show called “Fired Up TV” on Pursuit Channel on Roku and learn more about self defense.
1. Empty your Mind
Most people are unaware that their minds are like a cloud of thunderstorms. Too much noise and it’s hard to focus, in fact, only those who learned meditation techniques will understand how to empty their minds. If you haven’t tried this before, then I invite you to stop whatever you’re doing and close your eyes and focus on one thought for 1 minute.
Did you try it? How long were you able to focus?
For beginners, I have to say that clearing your mind of all those useless thoughts is a pain in the neck. The few days will be struggle and you’ll mostly think about so many things and even thinking about not thinking! That’s the essence of practicing self defense techniques.
It’s crazy, I know, but it’s necessary.
A clear, chatter-free, and focused mind is what it means when you want to be “in the zone,” it is the optimal state for all action/performance. The Samurai warriors of feudal Japan are familiar with this kind of state of mind and they called it “Mushin.” Watch more shows at Pursuit Channel on Roku and learn self defense too! Today extreme sports athletes and master martial arts experts have different names for it as well, but the meaning is one and the same. When you empty your mind you’ll be able to learn like a little child learns stuff and boy do they learn quickly! Less chatter and noise in your thoughts will make you like a hawk, able to see clearly for miles and without distractions and your efficiency will dramatically increase. When you learn self defense you must first learn how to achieve the “mushin,” then you’ll be able to excel at learning anything.
While more practice will result in “mushin,” it is also possible to force your state of mind into it at the start of the practice. You don’t necessarily have to rely on chance all the time.
Every time you practice, spend between 5 – 20 minutes of silence (you can sit down or just stand in a corner), adjust your breathing so your mind and body could relax and then clear your mind. It may take a while before you can master this technique, so be patient. In time you will see that getting into the zone or “mushin” becomes almost routine. Aside from practicing getting into the state of mind of “mushin,” you also need to stay in there throughout your martial arts training. The “mushin” state of mind will help you develop self defense techniques efficiently. If for some reason you’re slipping in and out of the zone, then pause your training and restart the mind conditioning meditation.
Think of a water cannon spraying several cubic feet of water on you and you just want to fill a small cup for a drink; how will that work out for you? It would tear the cup apart and pin you to a wall. The amount of water coming at you is too much and it’s being jettisoned – there’s no way you can do it.
Now imagine you go ask a neighbor to give you some water and she hands you a pitcher. Isn’t that easier? It’s natural, I mean, you’ve been doing that all your life and there’s nothing to it. All you have to do is pour the water from the pitcher slowly to fill the cup and drink it.
Let’s say you’ve just started to learn self defense and you’re a white belt Karatedo student and you spar with a red belter; you’re going beyond your means and you won’t learn anything. You try again but this time you spar with your fellow white belter. What will that do to improve your skills? Nothing. You master each “kata” in your training and spar with someone just a notch or two above your level and you are going to definitely improve! In this case it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you can see and understand your mistakes and improve on them in the next sparring session. Have the enthusiasm to improve each time you spar in order to correct those mistakes.
The book called “The Talent Code” has a unique and effective approach in training to improve your skills:
1. Aim for a specific skill that you want to learn
2. Practice to achieve it
3. Evaluate the gap and then bridge the gap
4. Start over
Mistakes keep you focused. That’s because you’ll do a lot to avoid committing it over and over again and thus, you improve.
3. Do not Rush Mastering a Special Skill
When you attempt to push the envelope you’ll notice there are things you want to learn that are quite difficult, but you know and believe that they’re not impossible to achieve. When you do notice them, do not multitask and fix them all in one time. Resolving something by multitasking will get you nowhere as our mind can only focus on one thing at a time. You should instead break them down to chewable parts and learn to surpass each difficulty until you have mastered every portion of that skill.
For instance, you’ll be practicing a martial arts technique that involves footwork, a spinning kick and a left or right hand movement, then rehearse each movement individually and in repeated slow motion. Work out each maneuver until you get comfortable with them and then execute them in the exact manner that your “sensei” showed you. Mastering complicated self defense techniques that requires several movements may be daunting, but once you’ve done it you will indeed become an expert.
4. Employ Contextual Variations
Doing one thing in a very specific manner is not learning a new skill. What it does is simply memorizing a move; however, in a real life combat situation your opponent will not stand still like a dummy and just let you hit him so easily. No, he will be fighting back and countering your every move. So, what you need to do is to practice your moves in a functional way in order to gain new skills.
Here’s how to do it:
Instead of the usual – leaning one’s body forward with a punch/jab attack – try to use some agility with it and train to throw a jab while moving in different directions. Spar with another boxer and see if your moves are working.
This tip can also be applied to writers and if you’re a newbie writer, then you should practice using word synonyms and try to write a paragraph in different ways to make it more eloquent and poetic, but not dull.
You can also employ it in music. For instance, you’re learning the guitar and the basic technique is how to strum the strings. First learn the chords and hand placement as well as transitions and then do variations and explore.
5. Practice each Special Technique Alternately
Even though you will make certain improvements in training with a single move for a thousand times or so, it may not really stick or make a difference. It gives a negative kind of satisfaction to find yourself being very good at something at one point, and then suck at it the next day or week. To ensure that you will learn and even better improve on what you’ve learned, you must practice alternately and not routinely.
Let’s you want to learn the high kick maneuver, the reverse punch and the flying kick technique. If you practice the high kick maneuver for 7 days, then you’ll do the reverse punch for another week and the flying kick on the third week; you will not be able to put them into good use at all. The better way to do it is to practice the high kick for 2 hours, then the reverse punch on the next 2 hours and finally the flying kick in the last 2 hours. But on the next day you need to shuffle them so you’ll get used to them completely that you will be able to execute all 3 moves in half a second!
Now that’s what I call learning and improvement.
Bringing it All Together
Using all 5 tips to develop your martial arts skills for self defense or whatever skills you need to learn will show dramatic results. You can do it this way: Begin by allowing your mind to enter a state of “mushin.” Practice right past the edge of your ability. Observe your mistakes and then improve on one mistake at a time. Practice each component of your mistakes in isolation. Remember to practice individual component parts of your mistakes alternately to avoid sticking to one part for a long time while practicing and become redundant. After a while you should be comfortable in deploying each technique and then variate your moves and excel in it in order to move to the next level.
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