Hunting Blesbok South Africa

Blesbok are often the first animal hunted on a South African hunting safari

Hunting Blesbok in South Africa
Scientific Name : Damaliscus Dorcas Phillipsi
Weight : 70 kg (m), 60 kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 95 cm (m and f)
Breeding Season : March to May with regional differences
Minimum Calibre : 243

About the Blesbok

Endemic to South Africa, blesbok are common in the Eastern Cape and Free State. Both sexes carry horns, the males’ horns being longer and thicker. Blesbok are gregarious animals with the dominant ram often hanging out on the fringe of the herd. Younger, non-dominant rams form small bachelor herds.

How to Judge a Blesbok Trophy

A good trophy blesbok will display whitening / yellowing of the horns with age. Rowland Ward is 16 1/2 inches, SCI minimum is 40 inches. A good blesbok ram measures 15 inches.

Blesbok Hunting Tips

Hunting blesbok requires a good pair of binoculars and a trained eye as picking the sexes apart is tricky. Look for rams on the periphery of the herd, highly dominant and will spend a lot of energy locating and chasing away younger rams.

Blesbok Hunting Cost

The cost of a blesbok hunt is $550 for a trophy blesbok. A plains game hunting package often includes a blesbok. The fully inclusive Karoo Special Hunting Package $5800 for 8 days include a choice of 4 animals out of a trophy blesbok, kudu, blue wildebeest, black wildebeest, zebra, impala and springbok