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Introducing Nick Bowker Hunting

We Practice Fair Chase Hunting. No Captive Bred or Planted Animals.
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Introducing Nick Bowker Hunting your African Outfitter

Nick and Rob Bowker
Nick and Rob Bowker
  • I am a small personalized Outfitter in the Eastern Cape midlands in Bedford South Africa and have been a Professional Hunter and Outfitter for 25 years.
     
  • My family have been living in the area for five generations and hunting is in our blood.
     
  • I have been hunting in the Bedford area my entire life and am familiar with every single corner of your hunting concessions.
     
  • Your Hunt will be a fair chase in a Free Range Hunting environment. I do not hunt behind high fences. For a few specific species, this will be required.
     
  • The Eastern Cape is one of the safest areas to hunt in Africa. I have never had a security incident of any kind throughout my career as a Professional Hunter.
     
  • I will be guiding you myself for your entire African Hunting Safari and will be with you from when I pick you up to when I drop you off at the Port Elizabeth airport.
     
  • First Time African hunters are welcome. I will be with you through every step of your journey on your African Safari.
     
  • Your hunting concession extends throughout the Bedford area and you will not see another hunter during your hunting trip.
     
  • The core Hunting area is 30 thousand hectares with access to the adjacent Bedford area which is around 200 thousand hectares.
  • The lodging options are situated in the middle of my hunting concessions and there will be no need to drive long distances before you start hunting.
     
  • South Africa has become the premier hunting destination in the world. Offering first world class infrastructure and hospitality. The diversity of available trophies and cost of a hunting Safari are not comparable anywhere else in the world.
     
  • The Bedford area has a unique topography and offers over 30 species of African Big Game and Plains Game.
     
  • I offer unique highly competitive Rates and Packages. My packages are All Inclusive and there are no hidden costs from when I pick you up to when I drop you off at the Port Elizabeth airport.

 
Africa hunting. Sable on the African plains
Sable Antelope in Bedford South Africa

  • The cost of trophy hunting is structured in two ways:
     
    1. A day fee is paid and clients select animals and pay the trophy fee for each animal.
    2. Hunters can select a package of animals offered by the outfitter at a fixed price which includes the day fee.
    3. The outfitter offers trophy packages for the animals which occur in significant numbers in that area. These packages are always the most efficient way to start for the first-time African hunter.
    4. The hunter can always add additional trophies at the end of the hunt or as and when the opportunity presents its self.
    5. My first-time African hunter package starts at $4500 and includes seven trophies.
       
  • In addition to trophy hunting cull packages or management hunting packages are also offered. These cull packages are nearly always offered at a fixed price.
     
    1. Cull animals which comprise mature animals but don’t qualify as trophy animals can also be added to trophy packages.
    2. I offer Blesbok, Impala, Warthog, Springbok and Mountain Reedbuck cull males at $250 each and females at $100 each.
       
  • Africa hunting. A Lechwe hunted with Nick Bowker Hunting
    A Lechwe hunted with Nick Bowker Hunting

  • To keep high quality Trophies, I limit the number of hunting parties to ten per year.
     
  • The sheer number of animals will astound you. You will see more animals in one day than you will see in 10 years in the United States. For the cost of an Elk Hunt you can shoot seven African Trophies. See what my clients say. Hunt Recommendations.
     
  • My brother Rob Bowker is assisting me in the hunting business. Rob grew up hunting on the family farms but has been living and working in Europe for the last 20 years.
     
  • Rob can accompany you from your main point of departure in Europe to the hunting lodge should you so wish as well as meet you in any capital city in Europe to discuss tailoring your hunting safari.
     
  • Nothing beats a day in Africa hunting and doing long stalks and trying to outwit your quarry. Many hours are spent glassing animals before mounting a stalk on a selected quarry so a high-quality pair of binoculars is a must.
     
  • I have the latest 4x4 Hunting vehicles at my disposal, capable of any terrain. Expert trackers who have hunted with me my whole life will help guide you.
     
  • The cost and red tape of traveling with rifles has increased dramatically over the last few years. I now offer the free use of my rifles and ammunition for all my clients.
     
    1. For those hunters who do not wish to go through the red tape of having to bring a rifle in to South Africa Nick Bowker Hunting has available a Sako carbon light 300 Winchester Magnum fitted with a suppressor. The rifle is mounted with a Swarovski DS with a built-in rangefinder. We have hand loaded Hornady ELD-X 200 grain ammunition.
    2. Has available a 7mm custom made Remington Magnum fitted with a suppressor. The rifle is mounted with a Swarovski Z8 tactical scope. We have hand loaded Hornady ELD-X ammunition.

A dream come true, a first timer in Africa.
Video of a typical hunt with Nick Bowker Hunting

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Authentic African
Free Range Hunting

I conduct my Hunting in a Free Range environment with no high fences.
The unique topography provides some of the finest hunting grounds in the world.

Topography

Olivefountain Ranch sits on an escarpment (2200 feet above sea level) and has four unique biospheres within half an hour’s drive. This unique change in biospheres results in a huge animal diversity.

To the south of the ranch is the deep valley bush veld. These deep wide valleys with thick riverine bush are the home of the Eastern Cape kudu as well as Bushbuck, Nyala, Warthog, and Bush pig. The sides of the valleys/canyons make for great vantage points. A lot of time is spent at theses elevated points glassing for trophies.

At the start of the plateau above the valley bush veld lies savanna and woodlands in amongst small plateaus. The savanna and woodlands are the home of such species as Impala, Sable, Zebra, Waterbuck and Mountain Reedbuck. The plateaus also make great vantage points for glassing and the start of many long stalks.

The savanna gradually gives way to the long rolling Bedford plains. These grass plains were once the place of vast animal migrations across the Eastern Cape. These plains are where Springbuck, Blesbok and Black Wildebeest are found. The Plains Game are often ambushed and the endless anthills found out on these plains make for a good hiding place.

The Plains give way to the Kaggaberg Mountain range. The Kaggaberg mountain range contains thick steep valleys and box canyons. The mountains contain Eland as well as Bushbuck and Kudu.

Africa hunting. A Nyala shot with Nick Bowker Hunting
A Nyala hunted with Nick Bowker Hunting

Stalk your quarry in the thick bush or open savanna.

WOODLANDS AND SAVANNA

Stalk your quarry in the thick bush or open savanna. Feel the adrenaline as you mount your stalk and attempt to outwit your quarry. Nick will get you close.

Nick has four different biospheres with in 20 minutes drive.

WIDE DEEP VALLEYS AND THICK RIVER BUSH

Nick has 500 km2 at his disposal. Nick has four different biospheres with in 20 minutes drive. Bedford provides one of the most unique hunting areas anywhere in the world.

Test you precision shooting skills at longer ranges on the open plains.

VAST PLAINS FOR LONG RANGE HUNTING

Test you precision shooting skills at longer ranges on the open plains. A significant portion of the 500 km2 available for hunting is owned by Nick and his family.

Unique Free-Range Hunting Topography

Introducing Nick Bowker

Africa hunting. An Impala shot with Nick Bowker Hunting
An Impala hunted with Nick Bowker Hunting.

Free Range Hunting versus Free Roaming

Much has been written about Free Range Hunting and fair Chase Hunting. Free Range Hunting can be defined as kept in natural conditions, with freedom of movement. No man-made barrier prevents the animal’s movement.

Another concept is that of "free-roaming" in South Africa is that the animals are born, breed, live and die on the property.

Wilderness Hunting

If you are looking for a true wildness hunt you will need to hunt in areas like Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. In these areas you will be hunting without any fences or man-made obstacles such as a barrier in the form of public roads.

This remoteness comes at a cost with expensive day fees been mandatory as well as extra time and cost to get to these wilderness areas. These costs come before you have even seen an animal. For many the cost and time are prohibitive.

Black Wildebeest Hunting in Africa
Black Wildebeest kill shot.

South African hunting areas that are not high fenced

These areas do not have high fences but rather four-foot barbed wire fences designed to stop the movement of sheep and cattle. The vast majority of animals have the ability to move and roam at will. Certain animals will be held in check such as Wildebeest.

These non-high fenced areas belong to the local farming community. Outfitters who hunt exclusively in these areas are often farmers and have dual income from both farming and outfitting.

You will struggle to find a property in South Africa or Namibia with no fences somewhere along the line, be it a park border, high fence on a neighboring property or barrier to public roads.

South African hunting areas that are high fenced

The majority of hunting in South Africa is done behind high fences. The size of the high fenced areas varies greatly. The high fencing is often a necessity for Outfitters from an economic perspective. For these typically larger high fenced outfitters, outfitting is often their only source of income.

These larger high fenced outfitters need to replenished trophies as a result of hunting and genetics. This has however made South Africa the most affordable hunting destination in the world. No-where else can you hunt so many species at a cost that was not dreamed about two or three decades ago.

Long range hunting in Africa

We also offer long range hunting for enthusiasts. Bedford provides an ideal terrain for long range hunting with wide valleys and plains. We limit our distances to approximatly 650 meters.

We target Impala, Springbuck, Blesbuck, Mountain reedbuck and Warthog for long range hunting. We have a standard rate of $250 for males and $100 for females for non trophy animals for the aforementioned target list.

Long range hunting provides the chance for hunters to truly test their shooting and hunting skills and the opportunity for making a significant amount of shots during a days hunting. There are few places in the world with similar diversity and volume of wild animals available at these prices.

Nick is also long range hunting enthusiast with significant experience with tactical scopes and hand loading ammunition. We have tactical and digital Swarovski scopes available for use. Use of these scopes is included in the daily rate. We also offer driven hunts for the above mentioned species on the same conditions.

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