Bow Hunting in Namibia

Bow hunting has become very popular in Africa and bow hunters are easily accommodated at our concessions. Numerous blinds are placed strategically to ensure maximum success and the average shooting distance ranges from 12 to 23 yards. These blinds range from ground to elevated blinds and even tree stands are used. Archers will have a professional hunter in the blind with them to help with trophy judgement.


Before coming to Africa, archers must know their capabilities and should at least be able to shoot from either the sitting or standing positions. It is essential that archers should also practice shooting through a relatively small hole from inside a blind, as shooting through such as small hole in an enclosure can be distracting. Furthermore, archers should know the anatomy of African game as shot placement is everything. Often the heart-lung area is situated much lower and farther forward than in game animals of other parts of the world.

Equipment and Restrictions

Generally a bow and arrow combination that can produce a minimum of 65lbs. of kinetic energy with broadhead-tipped arrows is recommended. As it is often very dark inside blinds you may have difficulty in seeing your sight pins. Lighted sight pins are therefore a must when hunting from inside a blind. A laser range finder like Nikon or Bushnell is also recommended. All hunting Camo clothes are necessary - the dark shaded clothes for the blinds and the more lightly shaded clothes for walk and stalk.

Equipment Specifications

  • Long Bow - being a straight, one piece or take down bow
  • Recurve Bow - being a bow with curved tipped limbs which bend away from the archer when the bow is held in the shooting position
  • Compound Bow - being a bow which uses a cable and pulleys to increase its power or the velocity of the arrow shot from it, by means of the storing of energy
  • Cross Bow - Illegal in Namibia


Arrows can be made out of

  • Wood, fiberglass, carbon or carbon compounds and aluminium
  • The shaft must have a minimum length of 19.68 inches (500 mm).


  • Broadheads must consist of at least two fixed cutting blades
  • A minimum cutting edge length and width of 1 inch (26 mm+).

Broadheads may not

  • Have barbed or serrated edges
  • Contain poison or narcotics

Mechanical broadheads are illegal in Namibia. 
Special arrow points such as judo points, bird points or blunt points may be used for the bow hunting of game bird species only, a hunter may take no more than two members of the permitted bird species during the hunt, which will be listed in the trophy permit.  

Code of Conduct

  • Hunting to take place on the principles of fair chase, as defined hereunder.
  • When bow-hunting, the hunter makes use of stalking as well as lying in ambush
  • Use of correct hunting methods and equipment to harvest animals in the least traumatic way possible
  • Bow-hunters should practice and train continuously to enhance their bowman ship.
  • They have to abide by the relevant laws, other legal requirements and recognized codes of conduct.
  • They must actively enhance the survival of wildlife populations, protection of biodiversity and the promotion of sustainable utilization.
  • Ensure humane practices in the utilization of wildlife.
  • Engage at all times in fair and honest , practices
  • Educate others regarding the benefits of sustainable use, conservation procedures and the ethics of hunting.
  • Recognize indigenous rural community needs relating to sustainable natural resource utilization.

Fair Chase

Every sport hunter should pursue an animal only by engaging in a fair chase of the quarry.

  • Fair chase is defined as the pursuit of a free roaming animal or enclosed roaming animal possessed of the natural behavioural inclination to escape from the hunter and be fully free to do so.
  • Said animal is to be hunted without an artificial light source, not from a motorized mode of transportation.
  • No ethical hunter while sport hunting must take female animals with dependent young.
  • A sport-hunted animal should exist as a naturally interacting member of a sustainable wild population located in an area large enough for it to breed and forage or hunt freely.
  • Hunted animals should be sustained within a natural state of balance between forage, predators and prey. 

Plains Game

Namibia offers a large variety of plains game species for trophy hunting.

These include the following with the minimum Bow energy restrictions

Small Game

  • Rock-rabbit (hyrax), Rabbits, Porcupine, African Wildcat, Caracal, Black-backed Jackal, Damara Dik-Dik, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Springbok, Letchwe, Blesbok, Bontebok, Bushbuck and huntable game birds.
  • Energy less than 33.9 joules (25ft/lbs)
  • Weight less than 22.68 gram (350 grain)

Medium Game

  • Chakma Baboon, Warthog, Black-face and Southern Impala, Nyala, Spotted Hyena and Cheetah
  • Energy less than 54.24 joules (40 ft/lbs)
  • Weight less than 25.92 grams (400 grain)

Large Game

  • Gemsbok/ Oryx, Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Tsessebe, Waterbuck, Blue and Black Wildebeest, Hartmann's Mountain Zebra and Burchell's plains Zebra, Cape Eland and Giraffe.
  • Energy less than 88.13 joules (65 ft/lbs)
  • Weight less than 29.16 gram (450 grain)

Dangerous Game

It is illegal to hunt any of the above-mentioned Dangerous Game species with the bow and export the trophy on a Special (Rifle) permit from MET, Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

The following Dangerous Game species CANNOT be hunted in Namibia with the Bow

  • Elephant
  • Hippopotamus
  • Crocodile
  • Buffalo
  • Lion
  • Leopard 



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