Hunting white blesbok South Africa Mkulu Safaris

Hunting white blesbok South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris.

White blesbok scientific name – Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi

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Hunting white blesbok South Africa

Hunting white blesbok is hunting for the more common South African antelope species.

White blesbok, common blesbok and bontebok are all in the same class and will be discussed as such.

White blesbok are gregarious animals that like to bunch up in a herd once they feel threatened. The males (rams) and females (ewes) have small but distinct differences when sexing them for trophy hunting.

White blesbok only occur naturally in South Africa making it a rather sought after trophy. When you decide to hunt a white blesbok you may want to consider hunting a common blesbok as they make strikingly different trophies once mounted by the taxidermist.

Hunting white blesbok is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our white blesbok hunting opportunities are mainly in the Free State. However, white blesbok occur in many of our Provinces making them readily available.

Information on white blesbok

White blesbok hunting price

The cost to hunt white blesbok for the 2020 season is $ 700.

Best caliber for hunting white blesbok

The best caliber is a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. There are numerous calibers out there that will be able to effectively hunt white blesbok with. Calibers and ammunition always leads to a hefty debate and we wish not to get involved. Use enough gun in your favorite caliber.

Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends the following calibers:

  • 243
  • 6.5 X 55
  • 270
  • 7 X 57
  • 7 mm 08
  • 7 mm Rem Mag
  • 308
  • 30-06
  • 300 WSM
  • 300 Win Mag and any comparable calibers.
Best ammunition for hunting white blesbok

Hunting in Africa Safaris recommends you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting white blesbok in South Africa.

Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.

Best gun scope for hunting white blesbok

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. The single most important issue would be for the gun scope to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.

A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient.

White blesbok average shot distance

The average expected shooting distance is 100 to 280 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.

Shot placement

Broadside shot

The shot should be placed in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the hump on the back.

Quartering to shot

The shot should be placed at the spot where you bisect the angle formed by the front legs at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Quartering away shot

The shot should be placed at the spot where you bisect the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the same height as for a broadside shot.

Facing on shot

The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest. One item to remember when taking a full-frontal shot is to remember white blesbok habitually shake their heads up and down. Be sure not to fire the shot during the downward phase of the head shaking.

White blesbok trophy pictures

Hunting tips

To walk-and-stalk when hunting white blesbok is the traditional way of going about it. Larger white blesbok herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the white blesbok herd being alert most of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed. Archery hunting white blesbok is on the increase and in such a case you should hunt white blesbok from a hide or blind.

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

Best time of year for your hunt

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

The best time of year to hunt white blesbok in South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October and even to mid-November when the bush has receded most.

When hunting white 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 white blesbok from January to December.

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