Hunting blesbok South Africa
Blesbok scientific name: Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi
Hunting blesbok in South Africa is hunting for the more common South African antelope species.
Blesbok (common and white) and bontebok are all in the same class and will be discussed as such.
Blesbok are gregarious animals (herd animals) that like to huddle up close once they feel threatened. The males (rams) and females (ewes) have small but distinct differences when sexing them for trophy hunting purposes. Blesbok only occur naturally in South Africa making them a rather sought after trophy.
When you decide to hunt a blesbok you may want to consider hunting a white blesbok as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.
There is much use of both the Afrikaans language and English terminology for some animals ending with “bok” or “buck”. Traditionally any animal name that ended on bok is Afrikaans and any animal name ending on buck is English.
The names referred to include the following:
blesbok vs blesbuck
bontebok vs bontebuck
springbok vs springbuck
gemsbok vs gemsbuck
Both terminologies are completely acceptable and understood as such and the hunter is more than welcome to use either or both.
Note the scent glands on blesbok, slightly below the eyes and on both sides of the nasal passage – adult males exude a yellow colored scent ooze that flows down the nasal passage from where it is rubbed on plant matter to indicate they are the biggest and baddest blesbok in the county. The sweet-smelling scent can be observed when holding your nose close to these glands.
Blesbok are hosts to the little-known-about nasal botfly. The nasal botfly can cause an eye infection when the initial egg is laid in the eye of the host. The egg ends up in the nasal passage and remains there until ready to pupate. Once the pupae hatch it restarts the life cycle as a fly. The constant head shaking of blesbok is said to be a result of the irritation caused by the larvae constantly moving in the nasal passage.
Hunting blesbok South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our blesbok hunting opportunities are mainly in the Free State, North West Province and Limpopo, but because blesbok hunting can be done in many of our Provinces, we are not limited to only hunting blesbok in one Province.
If archery hunting blesbok is your preference then view the bow hunting blesbok page.
Information on hunting blesbok South Africa
Blesbok hunting prices
The cost to hunt blesbok in South Africa for the 2018 hunting season is $ 440.
Our blesbok hunting prices South Africa are set for the 2018 South African blesbok hunting season.
Best caliber for blesbok hunting
The best caliber for hunting blesbok South Africa would be a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting blesbok in South Africa:
- 6.5 X 55
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm 08
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag or any comparable calibers.
Best ammunition for hunting blesbok
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting blesbok South Africa.
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
Best gun scope for blesbok hunting
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. It is our experience that the more costly gun scopes like Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, if you can afford these optics is your choice. The single most important issue would be for the gun scope to be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting blesbok in South Africa due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief which will allow for greater flexibility to view the reticule quicker.
Average blesbok shot distance
The average expected shooting distance when hunting blesbok in South Africa is 100 to 250 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Shot placement when hunting blesbok
The shot should be placed on the shoulder, or slightly behind the shoulder, in line with the front leg one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the hump on the back.
Quartering to shot
On a quartering to shot aim for the middle of the opposite side shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Quartering away shot
The shot should be placed at the spot where you bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Facing on shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. One item to remember when taking a full-frontal shot is to remember blesbok habitually shake their heads up and down when facing a potential threat like a hunter. Be sure not to fire the shot during the downward phase of the head shake.
Blesbok hunting video
Blesbok hunting tips
To walk-and-stalk when hunting blesbok is the traditional way of going about it. Larger blesbok herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the blesbok herd being alert most of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed. Archery hunting blesbok is on the increase and in such a case you should hunt blesbok from a hide or blind.
Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary blesbok and result in a no-hunt situation.
Best time of year for hunting blesbok South Africa
Traditionally the bush in the best blesbok hunting areas is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly and during September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.
The best time of year to hunt blesbok in South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October and even to mid-November when the bush has receded most.
When hunting blesbok in the Free State the terrain opens up to large open plains and even mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.
We can and do hunt blesbok from January to December.
South African hunting safari packages 2018