Hunting white blesbok South Africa
Hunting white blesbok South Africa
Hunting white blesbok South Africa 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.
Interesting white blesbok facts
White blesbok scientific name: Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi
Note the scent glands on the white 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 white blesbok in the county. The sweet-smelling scent can be observed when holding your nose close to these glands.
White 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.
White blesbok hunting is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our white 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.
White blesbok hunting prices
The white blesbok hunting prices for the 2020 hunting season is $ 700. Unfortunately, there are no white blesbok available for cull hunts.
Ammunition for hunting white blesbok
We recommend 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, Nosler Partition, Sierra and others.
The reason we keep hammering on using premium grade ammunition is:
In South Africa if you shoot at an animal and blood is drawn, the animal is considered bought and paid for. If you use cheap ammunition that is inferior and causes blood to be drawn you pay even if we do not find it.
What you are looking for in premium grade ammunition is consistent performance. Petals must mushroom creating a wide wound channel leading to the animal expiring quickly.
Petals that break off, or worse, if the bullet / projectile disintegrates upon contact the animal will survive and you will pay.
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 hunting caliber
The best caliber rifle to hunt white blesbok 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 white blesbok South Africa:
- 243 caliber for hunting white blesbok using a minimum bullet weight of 100 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.
- 270 caliber for hunting white blesbok using a minimum bullet weight of 140 gr traveling at a muzzle velocity of just shy of 3 000 feet per second (fps). Only use Barnes TTSX, Nosler Partition, Sierra GameKing, Federal Premium and other premium grade ammunition.
- 308 caliber for hunting white blesbok 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 white blesbok 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 white blesbok. 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.
White blesbok shot placement
A broadside shot on white blesbok: the shot should be placed behind the shoulder in line with the front leg and almost two thirds of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back. Alternatively, place the shot right on the shoulder of the white blesbok, below one third of the way between the brisket and the hump on top of the back.
Aim for the inside of the closer shoulder of the white blesbok, between the bottom of the brisket and the spot where the throat joins the chest.
A quartering away shot on white blesbok is fine if the angle is not too acute. Aim at the opposite shoulder at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Place your shot in the chest of the white blesbok where the throat joins the chest. Be aware that white blesbok tend to bob their heads up and down. Do not make the mistake of shooting the white blesbok in the face.
Hunting white blesbok South Africa general information
Tips for hunting white blesbok South Africa
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.
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.
White blesbok hunting average shot distance
The average expected shot distance when hunting white blesbok is 100 to 280 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Best time of year for hunting white blesbok South Africa
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.