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How much does a Blue Wildebeest hunting safari in South Africa with you cost? For the 2017 hunting season, our trophy fee for Blue Wildebeest is $1,000. Along with Kudu, Impala, and Warthog, Blue Wildebeest are extremely popular among visiting hunters. Because of this, they are also included in several of our hunting packages, namely the “Bushveld” packages, at a discount.
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Blue Wildebeest Scientific Name: Connochaetes taurinus, also known as the Brindled Gnu, the Common Wildebeest, and the Poor Man’s Cape Buffalo
What is a Blue Wildebeest? The Blue Wildebeest is a large, muscular species of antelope. They are found across most of South Africa and we have great Blue Wildebeest hunting on our hunting areas in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. According to South African law, Blue and Black Wildebeest must be kept physically separate, which is why there are no Blue Wildebeest at our Gauteng Province hunting area.
Male Blue Wildebeest are slightly larger and darker colored than females. A male can weigh in excess of 600 pounds and stand nearly 5 feet tall at the shoulder. However, females aren’t exactly small either, and a full grown female can weigh nearly 550 pounds. Blue Wildebeest have horns that are shaped like parenthesis.
Mature Blue Wildebeest are a deep silvery grey or brownish color and have manes of jet black fur. They also have dark brown stripes on their forequarters, which explains their nickname of brindled gnu.
Blue Wildebeest are grazing animals and typically live in herds of 25-50 animals (or even more) in open terrain. Blue Wildebeest are most often found in open terrain. However, they can also be found in areas with thick vegetation at times as well. Though grass is their favorite food, Blue Wildebeest will also eat shrubs and leaves if grass is in short supply.
They didn’t get the nickname “Poor Man’s Cape Buffalo” for no reason: Blue Wildebeest are very tough and resilient animals. However, like the Cape Buffalo, they are dependent on water and will drink twice daily when water is available. No matter where they live, Blue Wildebeest will never be found far from a reliable source of water.
How do you distinguish males from females when Blue Wildebeest hunting? Males and females are very difficult to tell apart when Blue Wildebeest hunting. Though there are a few key differences to look for (click on the photos to zoom in), it is very easy to mix up the two.
Both males (left) and females (right) have horns, though males generally have larger and thicker horns than females. The horns on a female Blue Wildebeest also tend to be more “cow like” than the horns on a male Blue Wildebeest. Males tend to be bigger bodied, darker, and have thicker necks than females.
What is the best rifle caliber for Blue Wildebeest hunting? Blue Wildebeest are known for being extremely tough animals. Pound for pound, they are one of the most difficult animals to take down in all of Africa and really earned the nickname of the “Poor Man’s Cape Buffalo.” A saying among some professional hunters in Africa is that “Blue Wildebeest are born sick and get stronger and run farther with each lead pill you give them.” If you don’t take them seriously and attempt to hunt Blue Wildebeest with a marginal caliber or poor quality bullets, they will quickly make you regret it.
With this in mind, I do not recommend hunting Blue Wildebeest with anything less than a .308 Winchester shooting premium 180 grain bullets. The .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Short Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Winchester Magnum are all even better choices for Blue Wildebeest hunting.
Don’t be afraid to use something bigger, such as a rifle chambered in 9.3x62mm Mauser, .375 H&H Magnum, or .416 Rigby when Blue Wildebeest hunting. I don’t think it is possible to use “too much gun” on one of these extremely tough animals.
What is the best set up for bow hunting Blue Wildebeest?
Those who desire to bow hunt Blue 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 Blue Wildebeest shot placement? Shot placement is extremely important when Blue Wildebeest hunting. If you get it right, the animal will not run far at all after the shot. However, if you mess it up, a Blue Wildebeest will absolutely shock you with the amount of punishment it can take before going down.
The traditional shoulder shot on a Blue Wildebeest is almost always the best shot placement. When the animal is standing broadside, simply aim at the center of the shoulder, about one third of the way up the body (this goes for both rifle and bow hunters).
Remember to adjust your aiming point accordingly if the 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). The shot placement for a bow on a wildebeest that is quartering away is the same as for a rifle hunter. I do not recommend taking a shot on a blue wildebeest quartering towards you with a bow. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
What is the average shot distance when Blue Wildebeest hunting? On most of our hunting areas Blue Wildebeest are often found in areas of moderate vegetation, allowing the hunter to approach to within a reasonable distance. As long as the wind is in their favor and great care is exercised during the stalk, shots on Blue Wildebeest are usually not very long. Due to this, the average shot distance when Blue Wildebeest hunting is around 50-150 yards.
What methods do you use when Blue Wildebeest hunting? We conduct most of our Blue Wildebeest hunting via walk and stalk. However, they may also be hunted over a water hole or a salt lick.
What is the best time of year for Blue Wildebeest hunting in South Africa? Blue Wildebeest are another species that may be successfully hunted virtually all year round. However, late April through November are the best months for Blue Wildebeest hunting in South Africa because there are fewer water sources and the grass is short.
What is your average trophy size of Blue Wildebeest taken in South Africa when hunting with you? The average trophy taken on a Blue Wildebeest hunting safari with us measures 26-28″. However, each year we take a few Blue Wildebeest that measure 29-30″, which are truly outstanding specimens. We normally take our biggest Blue Wildebeest late each year on our main hunting area in Limpopo Province.