Hunting in Zimbabwe

High altitude hunting with an Airgun

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1 | The sun is just rising over the beautiful surroundings of the Bubiana Conservancy, it's going to be a great day for hunting.

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2 | You need a keen eye when out stalking Rock Hyrax, they inhabit large rocky areas that allow great protection from predators such as leopards and wild dogs.

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3 | Stalking these animals can be very challenging work but also great fun.

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4 | The Rock Hyrax, better known as ‘Dassies’ or ‘Rock Rabbits’.

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5 | They live in large colonies in and amongst the granite coppies that dominate the landscape at the Bubiana Safari area.

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6 | The one adult male in the group will act as a 'look out' spotting any potential threat, he will let out loud noises to warn the others.

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7 | Rock Hyrax are well adapted to their rocky habitat and have developed soft moist pads on their feet to help aid grip to the rocks.

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8 | This makes them quite manoeuvrable when they need to be and can run up near vertical rocks at incredible speed.

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9 | Head shots are essential to ensure they don’t make it back to their cracks and crevices in the rocks.

 

 

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10 | But if you do not connect with a head shot, the carcass can sometimes fall down one of the gaps making it impossible to retrieve. However, after climbing up 100 feet of sheer granite, keeping a steady hand can be somewhat of a challenge.

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11 | Rock Hyrax are quite resilient little creatures.

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12 | To hunt these pesky critters Ian used the Daystate Air Ranger 80, which fires an enormous 26 grain .25 calibre JSB Exact King pellet, the Air Ranger 80 produces a staggering 91ft lbs of energy.

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High up sheer granite cliffs overlooking the stunningly beautiful Zimbabwean landscape, Realtree Pro Hunter Ian Harford is on the hunt for the illusive Rock Hyrax​

One of the great things about airgun hunting in Zimbabwe is the vast range of different quarry species available to hunt. Whilst you can sometimes be limited in your choice of quarry in the UK, there are over 30 species of airgun quarry you can hunt at the Bubiana Conservancy.

The Bubiana Conservancy in the Matabeleland Province of southern Zimbabwe, located 3 hours south of Bulawayo, is one of Ian's favourite places to hunt.