Hunting golden wildebeest

Golden wildebeest scientific name: Connochaetes taurinus
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Hunting golden wildebeest South Africa


Hunting golden wildebeest South Africa is for the hunter who has hunted here on several occasions. Hunting a trophy golden wildebeest is to supplement any of the other beests any hunter has hunted. The beest slam comprises: blue wildebeest, golden wildebeest, king wildebeest, red hartebeest and black wildebeest.

Golden wildebeest hunting prices have levelled out and have been reduced dramatically lately. Because of this, golden wildebeest hunting has become more affordable to us, the average hunter.

Coloration of the golden wildebeest is the result of a recessive gene that usually recurs in every third generation. However, if a golden wildebeest bull mates with a golden wildebeest cow, the result will be obvious.

The golden wildebeest hunting prices are in line since 2018 when the so-called color variant breeding market collapsed. Consequently this was due to many breeders who initially entered the lucrative breeding market.

Anatomy differences

Anatomically golden wildebeest do not differ from blue wildebeest and king wildebeest. Therefore, the same body weight, gestation period, shoulder height and habits apply to all. It is merely the color differentiation that distinguishes the one from the other.

General trophy size of golden wildebeest is slightly smaller than blue wildebeest on average.

Golden wildebeest hunting in South Africa

General info for hunting golden wildebeest


Golden wildebeest hunting price for the 2020 hunting season is $ 4 000.


We recommend the following calibers as being the best calibers:

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

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 you can use 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 certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, you should purchase the optics you can afford. The single most important issue is the scope must be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

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

Average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance is 150 to 250 yards in open terrain of the Free State.  Hunting in the bushveld will have a shorter expected shooting distance of 80 – 120 yards.

Hunting golden wildebeest shot placement

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed right on the shoulder in line with the front leg. Height should be slightly below one third of the way from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. Avoid shooting too high.

Quartering to shot

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the inside of the closer shoulder at the same height as a broadside shot.

Quartering away

The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs. Aim at the same height as a broadside shot.

Facing to shot

The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. Watch out for head movements that can result in a facial shot.

Hunting golden wildebeest shot placement diagram

Shot placement golden wildebeest
Hunting golden wildebeest South Africa
Golden wildebeest hunting South Africa

Tips for hunting golden wildebeest

Walk-and-stalk hunting golden wildebeest is the traditional way. Golden wildebeest mingle freely with larger blue wildebeest herds. This is difficult stalking as every member of the herd is alert most of the time.

Solitary golden wildebeest bulls can become wily and are hard to hunt. Bachelor herds of between 2 and 10 animals are common and  even more difficult to stalk.

Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary golden wildebeest.

A snort is the warning call of wildebeest.