Scientific Name : Connochaetes Tarinus
Weight : 240 kg (m), 180 kg (f)
Shoulder Height : 150 cm (m), 135 cm (f)
Breeding Season : March to May with regional differences
Minimum Calibre : 270
Hunting blue wildebeest is often referred to as the “poor man’s buffalo hunt”, Blue wildebeest (Brindled Gnu) are one of the more widespread of African plains game and are highly adapted to a number of environments. South Africa offers excellent blue wildebeest hunting opportunities in the Eastern Cape and Free State Provinces.
Both sexes carry horns with the males being thicker and wider. The area between the horns of a trophy male wildebeest is gun blue in color.
Sexing a trophy blue wildebeest from afar requires experience in the field with many apprentice PH’s “paying their school fees” along the way. Blue wildebeest hunting requires excellent trophy judging skills. The horns of a trophy wildebeest bull will extend at least one inch past its ears on each side. SCI minimum score for a blue wildebeest is 70 inches. Rowland Ward is 28 1/2 inches.
Blue wildebeest prefer savannah and when in open plains are seldom far from the thicketed edge of the plains. They are pound for pound the toughest of Africa’s antelope to put down. A .270 will suffice but choose a well-constructed, bonded bullet of 150 grains or more. Many will consider an African hunting safari incomplete without hunting blue wildebeest.
The cost of a blue wildebeest hunt is $1100 for a trophy blue wildebeest. Plains game hunting packages often include a trophy blue wildebeest. The Karoo Special Hunting Package $4750 for 8 days includes a trophy blue wildebeest and a choice of 3 other plains game hunting species. This blue wildebeest hunting package is a fully inclusive.