Water Buffalo

Water buffalo are large, domesticated bovids native to Asia, known for their distinctive hump, powerful build, and reputation as working animals. They feed on a variety of foods, including grasses, aquatic plants, and grains. Water buffalo are also known for their gentle temperament and adaptability.

Why hunt

Water Buffalo

with Craig Boddington?

Water buffalo are large, domesticatJoin our experienced outfitters on a water buffalo hunting adventure in Asia. Our top-quality equipment and expert guides will help you track and take down this species in some of the best hunting locations in the region. With a commitment to your satisfaction, you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience. Book your water buffalo hunt today!ed bovids native to Asia, known for their distinctive hump, powerful build, and reputation as working animals. They feed on a variety of foods, including grasses, aquatic plants, and grains. Water buffalo are also known for their gentle temperament and adaptability.

Endorsed Outfitters that hunt

Water Buffalo

BSG Safaris

We are based in South Africa but offer safaris right throughout Africa, where we operate on privately owned land as well as on government concession areas. These three outfits combined, offer the discerning hunter a wide variety of destinations in the fields of wing shooting, plains game hunting and dangerous game safaris.

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Wolf
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Jamy Traut Safaris
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Africa
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Jamy Traut is a well-know and respected outfitter based in Namibia. Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris is a family-run operation dedicated to providing a small number of clients with an unequaled opportunity to hunt Africa's great game.

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Baboon, cat, Fox, Rhino, Reedbuck Wildebeest, Tsessebe, Kudu, Roan and other species
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K&K Premium Jagd GmbH
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Europe
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K&K Premium Hunting - Your partner for exclusive hunting tours and safaris worldwide

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Deer, Ibex, Boar, Blesbok, Baboon, Pig, Impala, Fox, chamois and more.
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South American Adventure Safaris
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South America
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Legendary Big Game and Bird Hunting Safaris in Argentina with Marcelo Sodiro. Argentina has one of the largest hunting industries on the planet, with many great outfitters. Marcelo Sodiro of South American Adventure Safaris is one of my favorites!

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Red Stag, Water Buffalo, Wild Goat, Axis Deer, Fallow Deer, Black Buck and many more.
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Kingham Safaris
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Australia
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Australia has great hunting but, honestly, in my experience most camps are a bit rough—which is perfectly okay so long as you know what you’re getting into. Bill Webster’s Kingham Safaris is a notable exception!

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Water buffalo, Banteng, Sambar, Hog deer, Javan and Moluccan Rusa, Axis deer, Fallow Deer, Red Stag
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Water Buffalo?

The water buffalo, or Bubalus bubalis, is a large bovid found in the wetlands of Asia, Australia, and parts of Europe. They are primarily used in agriculture, but feral populations exist and are sometimes hunted.

Where are Water Buffaloes typically found?

Native to South Asia and Southeast Asia, water buffaloes are commonly found in wet marshes, swamps, rivers, and flooded terrains. They have also been introduced to places like Australia, where they are found in the northern regions.

What's the difference between the Water Buffalo and African Cape Buffalo?

The water buffalo is larger and has a distinct curved horn shape, while the African Cape Buffalo has shorter, more robust horns and is considered more aggressive.

When is the best time to hunt Water Buffalo?

The dry season is generally preferable as the buffalo tend to gather around water sources, making them easier to locate.

What type of weapon is typically used to hunt Water Buffalo?

Given the size and toughness of the water buffalo, powerful rifles with solid bullets are recommended. Bowhunting is possible but requires specific broadheads and careful shot placement.

Are Water Buffaloes dangerous?

While domesticated water buffaloes are relatively docile, feral or wild populations can be unpredictable and dangerous, especially when cornered or wounded.

How did the Water Buffalo get its name?

The term "water buffalo" stems from the animal's preference for wet habitats and its habit of wallowing in muddy waters to cool down and deter insects.

What challenges are faced while hunting Water Buffalo?

Their thick hide and heavy bone structure require precise shooting. Additionally, their keen sense of smell, combined with often dense habitats, makes stalking a challenge.

Is Water Buffalo meat edible?

Absolutely. Water buffalo meat is leaner than beef and is a staple in many Asian cuisines. It's often used in curries, grilled dishes, and other traditional meals.

What advice do expert hunters give for Water Buffalo hunting?

Patience and a good understanding of the buffalo's behavior are crucial. Approaching downwind, given their strong sense of smell, and being prepared for long stalks in potentially wet environments are essential tactics. Hunters are also advised to exercise caution as buffaloes are formidable animals that can charge if they feel threatened.

The CBEO Experience

At Craig Boddington Endorsed Outfitters, we value transparency, integrity, and the absolute best in hunting experiences. We believe that each hunt is more than just a price tag - it's a personalized journey for every hunter while we cannot list specific prices like the impersonal hunting directories out there you may have seen, we want to emphasize that we hand-pick outfitters known for their impeccable service, expert knowledge, and fair pricing. We understand that a hunt is an investment and we are committed to ensuring our clients get the best possible return - in experience, satisfaction, and the thrill of the hunt.

What Does the CBEO Endorsement Mean?
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  • Endorsement by Craig Boddington, a hunting legend with over four decades of experience in outdoor journalism, is a testament to the quality and reliability of the hunting outfitter.
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