Hunting black wildebeest South Africa

Hunting black wildebeest South Africa

Hunting black wildebeest South Africa is hunting for the more common South African antelope species.

Black wildebeest are gregarious animals that like to huddle up in a herd and run around once they feel threatened. The males and females have distinct differences when sexing them for trophy hunting. Black wildebeest only occur naturally in South Africa making it a rather sought after trophy.

Solitary bulls are indicative of mature male black wildebeest (mostly trophy size) dominating a specific area known as his territory. Within the territory there is a home range which is a smaller area where the specific individual will normally be found.

Territorial black wildebeest bulls fought for the right to own his territory. If possible it is suggested to avoid hunting these territorial animals as they are mostly in their absolute reproductive prime. Hunters should try to identify the individual as an old bull that was shunted from the herd and lost his territory. Your PH will assist in estimating the age of the specific bull.

When you decide to hunt a black wildebeest, you may want to consider hunting a blue wildebeest as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.

Hunting black wildebeest in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our black wildebeest hunting opportunities are mainly in the Free State but because black wildebeest hunting can be done in many of our Provinces we are not limited to only hunting black wildebeest in one Province.

Please take the time to read the information below to make informed decisions with regards to shot placement, caliber for hunting black wildebeest, the tips for hunting black wildebeest and other relevant information.

Even if you decide to hunt with another company, enjoy hunting black wildebeest in South Africa.

Black wildebeest hunting prices

Black wildebeest hunting price South Africa for the 2020 season is $ 1 250.

On certain properties we do have cull animals available at $ 500 an animal. Non-trophy males and females can only be cull hunted from April through June. These prices are subject to availability of cull animals and can only be done as an add-on to your booked package deal. Cull hunt animals cannot replace package deal animals.

Our black wildebeest hunting prices in South Africa are set for the 2020 hunting season.

Gun scope for hunting black wildebeest

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. Purchase an affordable gun scope so you have additional funds for hunting. 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 is sufficient for hunting black wildebeest in South Africa.

Caliber for hunting black wildebeest

The best caliber rifle to hunt black wildebeest with is the one you know best. We can argue calibers from now till chickens grow teeth and still disagree. Why try and fix something that is not broke?


Use a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.

We consider the following as the best calibers for hunting white blesbok South Africa:

  • 270 caliber using a minimum bullet weight of 140 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of just shy of 3 000 feet per second (fps). Only use Barnes TTSX, Nosler Partition, Sierra GameKing, Federal Premium and other premium grade ammunition.


  • 308 caliber using a minimum bullet weight of 165 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of about 3 000 feet per second (fps). Only use Barnes TTSX, Nosler Partition, Sierra GameKing, Federal Premium and other premium grade ammunition.


  • hunting black wildebeest with the greatest caliber on earth, the 30-06. Our best results have consistently come from using Barnes TTSX 150 gr ammunition at slightly shy of 2 800 fps.


  • 300 WSM and 300 WM or any other comparable calibers. Only use premium grade ammunition like Barnes, Nosler Partition, Federal Premium and others. For these two calibers use 150 gr or 165 gr anywhere between 3 150 fps and 3 300 fps.

The 300 calibers are usually not considered to be the best calibers for bushveld hunting. The possibility of having a deflection en-route to the target outweighs the full potential of these calibers. Rather reserve these guys for the open plains when hunting in the Free State.

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General information on hunting black wildebeest South Africa

Black wildebeest are by no means the most gracious or beautiful antelope in Africa. On the contrary, they look rather ordinary and out-of-proportion with their long faces and forward curving horns.

This does not make them stupid. If you are hunting black wildebeest on a property where they are hunted often, these animals become very aware of their surroundings.

A single snort will send the whole galloping away. It sometimes seems like black wildebeest are rather silly. They have a tendency to run away, turn round and come and have a look at what disturbed them in the first place. Solitary bulls become wily and will not offer shots more than once.

Make sure you are prepared for numerous situations with regards to taking a quick shot, or lying down while taking a shot, or taking a shot from a tree and even from the tracker’s shoulder.

Enjoy your hunt. Be sure. Be safe and know where your rifle shoots.


Tips on hunting black wildebeest South Africa

To walk-and-stalk black wildebeest is the traditional way of going about it. Larger black wildebeest herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the black wildebeest herd being alert most of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed.

Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary black wildebeest and result in a no-hunt situation.


Best time of year to hunt black wildebeest

Traditionally the grass in the best black wildebeest hunting areas is rather tall during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the grass starts to recede rather quickly and during September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the grass recedes to a minimum.

The best time of year for hunting black wildebeest South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October and even to mid-November when the grass has receded most.

When hunting 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 hunt black wildebeest in South Africa from January to December.


Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance when hunting black wildebeest South Africa is 150 to 250 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

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Black wildebeest behavior

Black wildebeest are also known as the Clowns of the Prairie due to their odd behavior when in a herd. At times, they will start running at no apparent reason. The animals on the outskirts of the herd will swing their heads at any other member of the herd closest to them. Then, suddenly and as if by some unseen traffic signal, they all stop.

This behavior can continue for many minutes to the enjoyment of the onlooker. Despite the seemingly aggressive mode of some of the individuals, black wildebeest never intentionally injure each other when strutting this type of behavior.

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Black wildebeest shot placement

Black wildebeest shot placement
Broadside shot

For a heart shot placement on black wildebeest, place the shot right on the shoulder in line with the front leg. Elevation must be slightly below one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the hump on the back.

For lung shots, aim slightly behind the shoulder. Elevation should be between one third and halfway between the bottom of the brisket and the top of the hump.

Quartering to

For shot placement on black wildebeest when quartering to, aim at the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as for a broad side shot.

Quartering away

Bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot. Do not shoot too far back with smaller caliber rifles like 243 as this could lead to a shot through the stomach contents. The stomach contents are soggy and will lag the projectile in reaching the vitals.

Facing on

Take your time and make sure you aim at the bottom of the throat where it meets the chest. Upon frontal shot placement on black wildebeest care should be taken not to misjudge where the throat joins the chest due to the beard. Black wildebeest have a tendency to move their heads up-and-down whilst looking at you. Be aware not to shoot when the face is down.

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