Hunting blue wildebeest in Africa

Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa with shot placement diagram and caliber 

Scientific name: Connochaetes taurinus

Best recommended caliber for rifle hunting blue wildebeest – as large as possible, but from 300 cal and larger

Shot placement when hunting blue wildebeest: see detailed shot placement diagram below

What is the cost to hunt a blue wildebeest – for the 2013 / 2014 season the cost to hunt blue wildebeest is $ 1 150-00.

Average hunting distance – 50 to 150 yards

Hints and tips when hunting blue wildebeest – hunting blue wildebeest in Africa, also known as the Poor Man’s Buffalo will be a challenging hunt. Walk-and-stalking these gregarious animals can be challenging, depending on the terrain and the amount of animals in any particular herd. They are extremely tough animals that take a shot well. They have a hump on the shoulders that easily misleads the hunter in to placing a shot too high. The bulls are distinguished from the cows in that the bulls have much more mass on their horns than the cows.

Shot placement diagram hunting blue wildebeest

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What is the best time of year to rifle hunt blue wildebeest in South Africa on your Africa hunting safari:

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Bow hunting information for bowhunting blue wildebeest

Recommended draw weight to bow hunt blue wildebeest – any increment greater than minimum draw mass may be used, but the minimum suggested draw weight is 70 lbs.

Shot placement when bowhunting blue wildebeest – same as in the diagram above.

What is the cost to bow hunt blue wildebeest – for the 2013 / 2014 season the cost to hunt blue wildebeest is $ 1 150-00

Hints and tips when bowhunting blue wildebeest – hunting the blue wildebeest in Africa, also known as the Poor Man’s Buffalo will be a challenging hunt. Walk-and-stalking these gregarious animals can be challenging, depending on the terrain and the amount of animals in any particular herd. They are extremely tough animals that take a shot well. They have a hump on the shoulders that easily misleads the hunter in to placing a shot too high. The bulls are distinguished from the cows in that the bulls have much more mass on their horns than the cows.

What is the best time of year to bow hunt blue wildebeest in South Africa on your Africa bow hunting safari:

Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
X X X X X X X

 

Blue wildebeest description:
The blue wildebeest (sometimes referred to as the gnu) has a slight build towards the back section with a heavier build around the shoulders. The snout is wide and supported by a large head. Hunting blue wildebeest in the vicinity of a herd will challenge your every stalking ability.

A number of darker vertical stripes occur from the neck to the end of the rib cage. These stripes account for the name “brindled gnu”. A thick beard extends along the throat area and a mane droops from the top of the neck. The tail is thick and can be compared to that of a horse. Faces are almost black with brown facial markings that occur on younger animals.

Blue wildebeest habitat:
Wildebeest prefer open savanna bushveld to open grass plains. Access to stable water sources is essential.

Blue wildebeest reproduction:
A single calf is born usually between mid-November and end of December, depending on factors like early rainfall and drought. The rut is usually between March and June.

General:

Blue wildebeest gestation period: 250 days

Blue wildebeest average shoulder height: 52” – 60”

Blue wildebeest average weight: bulls up to 500 lbs and cows up to 400 lbs

Blue wildebeest horns: both bulls and cows have horns.

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