Hunting blue wildebeest in Africa
Hunting blue wildebeest South Africa with shot placement diagram and caliber
Blue wildebeest scientific name: Connochaetes taurinus
Best recommended caliber for rifle hunting blue wildebeest – the best caliber we can recommend for hunting blue wildebeest is the largest caliber you feel comfortable using. There are a number of calibers suitable for hunting blue wildebeest but from experience we suggest you start looking at any caliber of 300 and larger: 30-06, 300 WSM, 300 WM, 308
Shot placement when hunting blue wildebeest: see detailed shot placement diagram below. Please note the extreme large area of no-mans-land in the upper shoulder area. This is one of the two toughest animals that we have come across during 17 years of professional hunting and guiding. Countless hours have been lost tracking wounded blue wildebeest. Click here to find out what other animal we consider to be one of the two toughest plains game animals in Africa.
What is the cost to hunt a blue wildebeest – the cost to hunt a blue wildebeest for the 2016 South African hunting season is $ 1 150-00.
Average hunting distance when hunting blue wildebeest – 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.
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The best time of year to rifle hunt blue wildebeest in South Africa on your Africa hunting safari is:
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 – the cost for bow hunting blue wildebeest for the 2016 season is $ 1 150-00
Hints and tips when bowhunting blue wildebeest – bow 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.
The best time of year to bow hunt blue wildebeest in South Africa on your Africa bow hunting safari:
Blue wildebeest description
Blue wildebeest (also referred to as 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 facts
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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