Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa

Blue wildebeest scientific name – Connochaetes taurinus 

Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.





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Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa

Blue wildebeest scientific name: Connochaetes taurinus

Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our blue wildebeest hunting opportunities are becoming extremely popular because of the effort involved to successfully hunt a trophy blue wildebeest.

Blue wildebeest vs black wildebeest: when you hunt a blue wildebeest, you may want to consider hunting a black wildebeest as they make strikingly different trophies.

Blue wildebeest are also known as gnu, and brindled wildebeest.

Gnarly old blue wildebeest are commonly referred to as The Poor Man’s Buffalo.

The strikingly dark blue body has a number of very dark vertical stripes down the flanks of the body. Hence the derived name of brindled gnu. Blue wildebeest have a mane on the top of the neck from where the longer strands flow down the side of the neck.

General information

Blue wildebeest male vs female – both wildebeest bulls and cows have horns that extend sideways from the side of the head and curve up at the tips. Bulls have more mass on the horns at the boss and are generally wider than the cows.

Solitary bulls defending a specific territory are not uncommon. These bulls are highly territorial and deserve to claim their own piece of real estate. Cow- and calf herds can move freely between these territories from where these bulls will mate with receptive cows. Bulls old enough to compete for breeding rights are evicted violently from their specific territory.

Blue wildebeest are not an endangered species and occur widely in South- and southern Africa, moving up to the south-central parts of Africa.

Information on hunting blue wildebeest

Blue wildebeest hunting price

Blue wildebeest hunting prices 2020 is $ 1 200.

Caliber for blue wildebeest

The best caliber for hunting blue wildebeest is a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using.

We recommend the following calibers as the best calibers for blue wildebeest:

  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag
  • 338
  • 338 Lapua
  • 375 and any comparable calibers.
Ammunition for blue wildebeest

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes. You can use any weight projectiles depending on which weight consistently performs best in your specific rifle.

Other premium grade ammunition manufactures we recommend are Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

Gun scope

There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Leupold and Swarovski optics provide more light under darker conditions.

However, the single most important issue is the gun scope must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient.

Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance on blue wildebeest is 50 to 180 yards. Shot distance is obviously influenced by the terrain you are hunting.

Shot placement blue wildebeest

Broadside shot

For a heart shot, 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 shot

Bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Quartering away shot

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 as this could lead to a shot through the stomach contents.

Facing on shot

Place the shot where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. Beware of head shakes to prevent a shot in the mouth.

Blue wildebeest shot placement diagram

Blue wildebeest trophy hunting pictures

Wildebeest hunting video

Blue wildebeest hunting tips

Larger blue wildebeest herds can be more difficult to stalk due to many eyes and ears. Solitary bulls can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed. Bachelor herds of between 2 and 10 animals are common and are very difficult to stalk.

Archery hunting blue wildebeest is on the increase and in such a case you can hunt blue wildebeest from a hide or blind.

Any sudden movements and not releasing the safety catch under control will attract the attention of any weary blue wildebeest. This will result in a no-hunt situation.

Best time of year to hunt blue wildebeest

Traditionally the bush is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly. During September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.

The best time of year to hunt blue wildebeest in South Africa is:

  • blue wildebeest rut roughly during the second week of April till about the second week in May (give or take a few days)
  • secondly, from late June to end October when the bush has receded most making visibility easier

We can and do hunt blue wildebeest from January to December.

South African hunting packages 2020