Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa

Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa

Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa is a plains game hunting experience to find another iconic African antelope.

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.

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.

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 hunting prices

Blue wildebeest trophy hunting prices 2020 remains at $ 1 200.

If it should happen we have additional time, we might be able to cull hunt an additional non-trophy male blue wildebeest, or some female blue wildebeest. The cull hunting can only be done as an add-on to your existing package and cull animals cannot be exchanged for package animals. Female blue wildebeest can only be hunted from April through June. Cull hunting prices for non-trophy blue wildebeest and blue wildebeest cows will be         $ 400 per animal.

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Gun scope for hunting blue wildebeest

The single most important issue is the gun scope for hunting blue wildebeest must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. Buy the one you can afford comfortably and save money to buy an extra animal on your hunting safari.

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope is sufficient for hunting blue wildebeest.

Caliber to hunt blue wildebeest

The best caliber rifle to hunt blue 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 blue wildebeest South Africa:

  • 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 blue 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 for hunting blue wildebeest. 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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Blue wildebeest behavior

Blue wildebeest are gregarious animals preferring safety in numbers.

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.

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Blue wildebeest shot placement diagram

Blue wildebeest shot placement diagram
Broadside shot

For a heart shot placement on blue 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 blue 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 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 blue wildebeest care should be taken not to misjudge where the throat joins the chest due to the beard. Blue wildebeest have a tendency to move their heads up-and-down whilst trying to stare you down. Be aware not to shoot when the face is down.

Blue wildebeest trophy hunting pictures

General information on hunting blue wildebeest South Africa

Blue wildebeest are by no means the most gracious or beautiful antelope in the African bushveld. On the contrary, they look rather ordinary and out-of-proportion with their long faces and side-way horns.

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

A single snort will send them all galloping away. Trying to reconnect with them after the initial disturbance will certainly have them relocate with haste again. At some point in time a blue wildebeest bull will decide he has to stake his claim. This is when he becomes solitary defending his own piece of real estate. This makes him wily and wide awake for he no longer has companions to warn him of approaching hunters and or danger.

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.

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Tips for hunting blue wildebeest in South Africa

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.

Caution must be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of any of the many weary blue wildebeest and result in the herd relocating itself with haste.

This will have you take the long walk of shame back to the truck.

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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.

Below is one of our blue wildebeest hunting videos.

Feel free to experience the excitement with us!

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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.

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