Trophy Black Wildebeest Hunting In South Africa

Looking for great trophy Black Wildebeest hunting in South Africa? We have some of the best Black Wildebeest hunting available in the entire country.

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How much does a Black Wildebeest hunting safari in South Africa with you cost? For the 2017 hunting season, our trophy fee for Black Wildebeest is $1,000. They are also included in some of our hunting packages, namely the “First Timer’s Package”, at a discount.

Contact us to book your Black Wildebeest hunting safari in South Africa.

Black Wildebeest Scientific NameConnochaetes gnou also known as the White-Tailed Gnu or White-Tailed Wildebeest

What is a Black Wildebeest? The Black Wildebeest is a medium sized species of antelope. They are found across most of South Africa’s central highlands and we have outstanding Black Wildebeest hunting on our hunting areas in Gauteng and Mpumalanga Provinces. According to South African law, Blue Wildebeest must be kept physically separate from Black Wildebeest, which is why there are no Black Wildebeest on our hunting areas in Limpopo Province.

Black Wildebeest are not quite as large as Blue Wildebeest, but with full grown bulls weighing around 300-350 pounds, they aren’t small either. They have dark brown or black coats with unusual shaped horns that curve forwards.

They are herd animals and prefer to live on open plains and grasslands. Black Wildebeest must drink water each day and are primarily grazing animals.

How do you distinguish males from females when Black Wildebeest hunting? Though both males and females have horns, there are substantial differences between them. Males are both larger in the body and have thicker and longer horns than females.

What is the best rifle caliber for Black Wildebeest hunting? Like their Blue Wildebeest cousins, Black Wildebeest are extremely tough animals. With this in mind, I do not recommend hunting Black Wildebeest with anything less than a .308 Winchester shooting premium 180 grain bullets. The .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Winchester Magnum are all even better choices for Black Wildebeest hunting.

Bigger cartridges, such as the 9.3x62mm Mauser, .375 H&H Magnum, or even the .416 Rigby are absolutely not “too much gun” for Black Wildebeest hunting.

What is the best set up for bow hunting Black Wildebeest?
Those who desire to bow hunt Black Wildebeest should use a heavy (at least 600 grains) arrow with a sharp, fixed blade broad head shot from a bow with at least a 65 pound draw weight, though 70 pounds is preferable.

What is the best recommended Black Wildebeest shot placement? Because they are such tough animals, shot placement is very important when hunting Black Wildebeest. Like with most antelope, aim at the center of the shoulder approximately 1/3 the way up the body.

black wildebeest hunting shot placement broadsideDon’t forget to adjust your aiming point accordingly if the Black Wildebeest is quartering towards or away from you (aim slightly forward if it is quartering towards you and slightly to the rear if it is quartering away).

black wildebeest hunting shot placement quarteringWhat is the average shot distance when Black Wildebeest hunting in South Africa? Like Blesbok, Black Wildebeest are herd animals that often inhabit open grasslands with little cover. This can make them difficult to closely approach. Due to this, the average shot distance when hunting Black Wildebeest is 150-300 yards.

What methods do you use when Black Wildebeest hunting? Virtually all of our Black Wildebeest hunts are conducted via walk and stalk. Since they inhabit open areas, they are easy to spot. However, they are very wary animals with excellent eyesight and can be difficult to stalk to within close range.

What is the best time of year for Black Wildebeest hunting in South Africa? The quality of our Black Wildebeest hunting safaris vary very little over the course of the year. However, April through September are the most popular months to hunt Black Wildebeest, primarily because of the pleasant weather.

What is your average trophy size of Black Wildebeest taken in South Africa when hunting with you?  The average trophy taken on Black Wildebeest hunting safaris with us normally measures between 22″ and 23″ (Rowland Ward method). Our biggest Black Wildebeest ever broke 24″, which is an outstanding trophy. That particular Black Wildebeest was taken on our hunting area in Gauteng Province in May 2015.

trophy black wildebeest hunting in south africa 2If you’re interested in going Black Wildebeest hunting in South Africa with us, please contact us for more information or to book your hunt.
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