Bowhunting in Zimbabwe
Bowhunting for plains game has been permitted in Zimbabwe since 1989, allowed under special exception of the wildlife laws. Recently, that temporary status, which lasted a decade, has been officially changed. In early 1999, new legislation was accepted by the government in Zimbabwe concerning bowhunting.
Under the provisions of Park and Wildlife General Amendment Regulations, 1999 (No. 3) bowhunting is permitted on private and communal land. This do not include the concession blocks operated in the Zambezi Valley or other areas where concession lands occur or any lands that are administered by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management. Some special bowhunting permits may be acquired for these areas. The legislation spells out definitions of permissible bowhunting equipment expressed by peak draw and arrow weight.
Wildlife in Zimbabwe has been under extreme pressure since political problems broke out in 2000 and many traditionally good plains game areas are no longer viable for bowhunters. Zimbabwe does however have some great bowhunting for dangerous game. Most bowhunts for elephant have been taking place in Zimbabwe of late.
For more information you can contact:
Zimbabwe Tourism Board
1270 Ave. of the Americas
Suite 412, New York, N.Y. 10020