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Wildebeest is also known by the name gnus, is an african antelope found mainly in the diverse terrains of South Africa and East Africa. Wildebeest features a big head with pointed beard and has knifelike sharp and curved horns. Wildebeest is one of the sought after hunt of South Africa. There  are two types of wildebeest hunt: Black Wildebeest Hunt and Blue Wildebeest Hunt. Both hunting species look alike and one can only differentiate them on the basis of body colour and horn structure. The Blue wildebeest hunt is most wanted hunt in East Africa and attracts hundreds of hunters every year.

Wildebeest Hunt

Celebrating a successful wildebeest hunt should always be included on a big game hunting safari. Wildebeest bull, with their dense, large horns and flashy brindle markings are a trophy hunt for any hunter- bow hunters included! Like their name indicates, Wildebeest is a beast of an animal; both fast and fleshy, a perfect combination for hunting in its arid, great African plains environment. But did you know that the wildebeest, also known as a gnus is actually a large antelope coming from the Bovidae family? Besides their immense size and being crowned protective horns (in both sexes), their herd instincts keep them 24/7 tuned into danger.

Wildebeest Hunting Methods

Challenge yourself with a walk up on a herd and stalk silently into range for a good distance shot. Depending on circumstances blue wildebeest hunt can also be approached from a high seat, situated in a lightly wooded African setting but the most active hunts involve some good old fashioned stalking; a tradition hunting method. Because they roam just other big game hunting species of South Africa the zebra, eland, hartebeest and dozens of other species roam, once one species gets a good sniff on your hunting expedition, they all do, turning blue or black wildebeest hunting into a true Serengeti challenge. At the time of hunting blue wildebeest please be cautious and adjust shot replacement in such a way that your shot targets the heart and lungs area. The average hunting distance for a blue wildebeest hunt should be around 49-150 yards.  Please be alert when going for this exteremely dangerous hunt and always try to be on the off-side of the hunting ground. 

Wildebeest Hunting Season

Hunting of Blue Wildebeest is done year round in South Africa.  The most active and best wildebeest hunt takes place in the month of April, May, June, July, August, September and November. 

Wildebeest Hunt Trophy Size

The reward of your blue wildebeest hunt i.e. hunting trophy average size lies between 25"-28". However some blue wildebeest depict hunting trophy size to be greater than 30".

Wildebeest Hunting in South Africa

Blue wildebeest being the most sought after hunt in Africa, wildebeest are found in moderate vegetation area of South Africa. They are found mostly in dense population and roam in a herd of 20-25 wildebeests. Most active hunting regions where a blue wildebeest hunt takes place are: Limpopo and Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. 

Wildebeest Hunting in Texas

Wildebeest is another most sought after hunting species in Texas and its hunting is done year round in Texas. Texas offers hunting for both blue and black wildebeest.

Wildebeest Hunting in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a renowned trophy huntng destination and offers exclusive african hunting safaris. Wildebeest is one of the most sought after target in Zimbabwe. One can hunt both the species of Wildebeest in Zimbabwe i.e. Blue Wildebeest and Black Wildebeest. The hunting is done year round with no seasonal restrictions.

Basic Info

Varieties: Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest

Scientific name: Connochaetes 

Size: height: 1.3 – 1.5 m 

Weight: 120 – 270 kg

Lifespan: 20 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Hunting from a blind, Safari, Driven big game, Stalking

Continent(s): Africa