Buffalo hunting is quite the experience and because it isn’t something you do every day (unless you’re lucky), you’re probably a bit lost on what you should gear up with for your trip. Aside from your favorite heavy-duty rifle (these are big beasts) and the corresponding ammunition, there are a few more important items to add to your list. Whether you’re Cape buffalo hunting in South Africa, a trophy water buffalo in SE Asia, or after wild boar or on an American bison hunt in buffalo county, we’ve compiled this list of ten things we believe are important to make your hunting trip for these animals enjoyable and successful.
Tracking trophy buffalo usually means getting deep into the grasslands, which often requires a guide, unless you want to risk getting lost. An easy way to keep tabs on your location is to keep a portable GPS on hand. Garmin makes an incredible portable GPS that features a 2.6” color display and trusted location information, as well as accessory options such as a heart rate monitor or temperature sensor. You can easily transfer data to your smartphone and won’t run the risk of a dead battery with two battery options: 2 AAs or the rechargeable battery pack.
Hunting buffalo is a captivating experience, so you’ll want to make sure you can really get an eye on your target before you shoot. A good scope can easily improve any hunting experience, even more so when the target is such a beautiful beast. This tactical rifle scope combo by XOPin features a waterproof, shockproof, and fog-proof optical lens. Enjoy easily resettable wind and elevation adjustments, red dot sights, and up to 6x magnification. The matte black finish compliments any weapon, making this the ultimate and stylish accessory for your buffalo hunt.
Buffalo hunting generally requires quite a bit of walking and you’ll want your hands free to use your binoculars or take a sip of water, so a gun sling is a necessity. This sling by Butler Creek features a padded shoulder strap for extra comfort, as well as metal swivels for easy access to your rifle. You can get the sling in four different camouflage designs, too.
To ensure a steady shot, you may want to include a rifle bipod in your hunting bag. This all-terrain bipod by Swagger Bipods can easily extend to 29 ¼” with a simple twisting lock-and-unlock motion. Easily shoot from any position, including sitting and standing. The bipod twists and tilts for the perfect aim and a steady shot every time.
Trust us. Once you finally come across your trophy beast, you’re going to want to get a really good look at it. You’ll have no problem seeing every detail of your hunt through these Eyeskey adult binoculars, which offer 10x magnification through waterproof and fog-proof lenses. The easy focus knobs offer convenience while the rubber armored body will keep them safe no matter how rough the ride.
As previously mentioned, buffalo hunting usually requires a lot of walking, so it’s a priority that you wear shoes that are both comfortable and protective. Soggy, wet feet make for a miserable hike, but that shouldn’t be a problem with these waterproof hiking boots by Timberland. Not only will you get brand name comfort you can trust, but your feet will stay dry no matter the conditions. The rubber sole and removable foot bed are both great for wet conditions and improved comfortability as well.
Buffalo are glorious creatures and one feature that makes them so spectacular is their monstrous size. This can pose a slight issue after a kill, though, because unlike a deer or smaller game, you won't be able to simply drag it back and load it up. Instead, consider a full field dress kit, which includes everything you need to cut and clean your kill on the spot, making it possible to package and carry in much more manageable pieces. This processor kit by Outdoor Edge has everything you need, including a boning knife, caping knife, gut hook skinner, and a butcher knife. You also get a cutting board, sharpener, bone saw, and a set of gloves, which is all you should need to prepare a bite to eat back at camp.
Cold is never comfortable, so be sure to protect yourself from chilly temperatures with a good insulated hunting coat. Not only will this insulated coat by Tail Crest keep you warm, but the waterproof lining will keep you dry and the large front pockets and extra chest pockets will offer you extra storage for small gear.
You’ll want to savor the experience, which is why buffalo hunts are usually lengthy trips. This means you’ll need a tent to keep you safe and dry overnight. However, there’s no need to waste precious time struggling to pitch a tent. Instead, opt for a fast pitch tent. Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Tent can be set up in less than ten minutes and sleeps 8 people. The built in closet with shelves will help you keep everything organized and make your hunt go smoother, so you can spend more time enjoying the experience.
Because you need all this important gear for your hunt, it's safe to assume that you’ll need a good pack to carry it all in. This hunting backpack by Badlands is both rifle and bow compatible, and features an easy access pistol compartment as well as 5 compression straps for extra gear. You can also purchase an optional 2-liter hydration system, which fits snugly in its included compartment and will help keep you hydrated on your hike. The ThermoMold Suspension technology contours to your back for a comfortable carry that won’t wear you down before you get your eye on the prize.
If you load up with these ten necessities, your weapon and ammo, and all your favorite camping snacks, your trip should be nothing but enjoyable and relaxing. Pack up and go track that prize buffalo!