Bow hunting blue wildebeest South Africa

Bow hunting blue wildebeest

Bow hunting blue wildebeest South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris. The nickname Poor Man’s Buffalo is derived from two aspects: firstly, the blue wildebeest looks like a buffalo at a quick glance, and secondly, they are just as tough as Cape buffalo.

Shot placement when bow hunting blue wildebeest is of the utmost importance. The vitals are located low in the chest cavity leaving a lot of open, barren space between the top of the vital organs and the top of the hump on the back.

Blue wildebeest are also known as brindled gnu, referring to the vertical darker stripes down the flanks of the animal. The word Gnu is derived from the communication sound made by the blue wildebeest usually early mornings and late afternoons.

Adequate bow hunting equipment should be used. The bow must be fine-tuned and fixed blade broad heads should preferably be used.

Having a bow hunted blue wildebeest in your trophy room is to have one of the top 10 most desired bow hunting trophies of Africa.

Bow hunting prices 2020 and 2021

The blue wildebeest bow hunting prices 2020 and 2021 South Africa is           $ 1 200.

There are limited numbers of blue wildebeest cull bow hunts available. Time permitting you may hunt non-trophy and female animals at $ 280 per animal.

Female animals may only be hunted from April to June. Cull animals may not substitute any trophy animals on a package deal.

Bow hunting blue wildebeest draw weight

Information on bow hunting blue wildebeest

Draw weight

The recommended draw weight for blue wildebeest in South Africa is any increment greater than minimum draw mass. Any draw weight greater than 70 lb is recommended for blue wildebeest.

Average shot distance

Average shooting distance when bow hunting blue wildebeest in South Africa from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 25 yards from your trophy blue wildebeest.

Arrow Info

A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested for blue wildebeest in South Africa.

A minimum arrow weight of 450 grains (gr) is suggested.

Kinetic energy (KE) required

The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting blue wildebeest is 60 ft / lb

Broad heads

Suggested broad heads for blue wildebeest is a minimum of 100 grains (gr) to 125 grains (gr)

  • A cut on contact fixed 3-blade broad head
  • Rage II mechanical broad head.
  • A fixed blade 2-blade broad head with bleeders.
Bow hunting blue wildebeest arrows
Broad heads bow hunting blue wildebeest

Bow hunting blue wildebeest shot placement

Bow hunting blue wildebeest shot placement diagram South Africa
Broadside shot

Blue wildebeest have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.

Place the shot right on the shoulder in line with the front leg, slightly less than one third of the way up from the bottom of the chest to the top of the back.

This shot should result in a high heart / lung shot leading to the blue wildebeest expiring in the least amount of time.

Quartering to shot

Rather avoid taking a quartering to shot on blue wildebeest.

Quartering away shot

On a quartering away shot care should be taken not to attempt to have the arrow penetrate through too much stomach content. Place the arrow in a spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs into a position one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.

Tips to bow hunt blue wildebeest

The following tips for bow hunting blue wildebeest are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.

Blue wildebeest usually come in to water during the mid-mornings anywhere from about 9 am – 11 am. They arrive for a second round from about 3 pm onward till dusk at about 5:30 pm (during our winter months).

Blue wildebeest come to water cautiously and weary the whole time. Blue wildebeest will often stand some distance away from the water and approach a few steps at a time. Due to the availability of these animals they are one of the 10 most popular animals to bow hunt in South Africa.

Best time of year for bow hunting blue wildebeest

The blue wildebeest rut starts roughly after the fourth week of April (can differ slightly according to different regions and from year-to-year) and lasts until about June.

During or after September the bulls form bachelor herds and even may become solitary. We suggest the best time of year for bow hunting blue wildebeest in South Africa would be between May and October lasting from the start of the blue wildebeest rut to almost the end of the dry season.

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

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South African bow hunting packages 2020 and 2021

Plains game bow hunting in Africa safaris South Africa

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Kudu package

$6 450
  • kudu OR eland OR waterbuck
  • blue wildebeest OR zebra
  • impala
  • 2 X warthogs
  • 7 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • Kudu bow hunting packages
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Nyala package

$ 6 450
  • nyala OR a kudu
  • decide between a zebra OR a bushbuck
  • blue wildebeest
  • impala
  • do not pass up on a warthog
  • transfers included
  • Bow hunt nyala package Africa
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Spiral horn grand slam

$7 950
  • trophy kudu
  • trophy eland
  • trophy nyala
  • trophy bushbuck
  • 7 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • African spiral horn bow hunt
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Dangerous game bow hunting in Africa safaris South Africa

Don’t just take it from us, allow your nerves to let your string fingers do the talking!

Cape buffalo

$8 500 /starting at
  • Cape buffalo bull < 40”
  • OR
  • Cape buffalo bull > 40”
  • OR
  • Cape buffalo bull > 45”
  • 5 – 7 hunting days included
  • Cape buffalo bow hunt Africa
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African lion bow hunts

$ 9 990/starting at
  • African lion as per category
  • free lioness as per category OR
  • two free lionesses as per category
  • Observers no cost for duration of the lion hunt
  • 3 – 5 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • Bow hunting African lion
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Lioness bow hunt

$5 999
  • African lioness
  • Observers no cost for duration of the lioness hunt
  • 3 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • African lion bow hunting
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Crocodile bow hunts

$POA
  • 1 X crocodile as per size discussed
  • ideal as an add-on to a dangerous game hunt
  • 3 hunting days
  • transfers included
  • Bow hunting crocodiles South Africa
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