Hunting blesbok South Africa with Mkulu Safaris


Hunting blesbok South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.


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Hunting blesbok South Africa

Blesbok vs Blesbuck

Blesbok scientific name: Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi

Hunting blesbok 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.

Blesbok physiology

Note the scent glands on blesbok, slightly below the eyes and on both sides of the nasal passage – adult males secrete a yellow colored scent ooze that flows down the outer nasal passage. From there 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.

Blesbok 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. Blesbok occur in many of our Provinces which means 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

Blesbok hunting prices South Africa for the 2020 hunting season is $ 400. This is an almost 10% saving when compared to the blesbok hunting prices of 2019.

Caliber for blesbok

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

Best calibers for trophy hunting blesbok South Africa:

  • 243
  • 6.5 X 55
  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm 08
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag or any comparable calibers.
Ammunition for blesbok

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 are 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, the single most important issue is the gun scope must be able to withstand the recoil of the rifle.

We recommend a good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope.

Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance on blesbok in South Africa is 100 to 250 yards depending on the terrain.

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Shot placement

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed on the shoulder, in line with the front leg. Shot height to be 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 back of the opposite side shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Quartering away

Bisect the angle formed by the front legs and place the shot perpendicular to the top of the angle, at the same height as a broadside shot.

Facing on shot

Place the shot where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. Remember blesbok habitually shake their heads up and down. Be sure not to fire the shot during the downward phase of the head shake.

Blesbok trophy hunting pictures

Blesbok hunting video

Blesbok hunting tips

Larger blesbok herds are more difficult to stalk for obvious reasons. Solitary males become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed.

Use caution on the final stalk. Sudden movements will attract the attention of all weary blesbok. A single animal running at full speed will alert every animal in the vicinity that you are close. Fortunately, you will have lots of time to think about great excuses on the long walk of shame back to the hunting vehicle.

Archery hunting blesbok is on the increase. If stick hunting is what you want to do, then bow hunting blesbok takes place from a hide or blind.

Best time of year for hunting blesbok South Africa

Traditionally the bush is rather dense during our summer months between November and April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly and during September and October the daily temperatures start rising. It is during this time (June through October) when the bush recedes to a minimum and makes hunting easier.

The best time of year to hunt blesbok in South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October. We can even stretch it to mid-November when the bush has receded most. In the Free State, summer rains will make for muddy terrain underfoot.

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.

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