Where to hunt Black Wildebeest
As the Dutch colonists began to explore the African continent, among the animals they discovered was a dark-colored, stubborn-looking, hump-backed antelope they called Wildebeest, because its looks reminded them of their domestic cattle. An alternative name, Gnu, was borrowed from one of the local languages; the sound is supposed to resemble the alarm call of the animals. Black, or white-tailed Wildebeest (as it is called today to distinguish it from the the Blue Wildebeest found further on to the North of the continent), has since become the iconic hunting quarry for South Africa, and has also been introduced to game farms in Namibia and Botswana.
You can find a cull Wildebeest hunt for under $1,000, but usually the trophy fee alone costs $850-$1,100. With daily rates, and a few other species (few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope), a complete plains game hunt will cost from $2,500-$3,000, or more, depending on the hunter’s budget and desires. The most expensive Black Wildebeest hunting offers are usually combination hunts that also include a dangerous game species or a rare and expensive color variant.
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When you’re only beginning to consider your first African hunting adventure, it’s easy to get lost in all those “package deals”, “trophy fees” and “daily rates” in the hunt descriptions. How much to budget for travel, tips, taxidermy, and whatnot, is also an equation with many unknowns. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, this blog post covers all items of a safari budget and gives average spending figures for each, to help you plan your trip.17 Aug 2017 All said and done: What’s the bottom line for an average South African hunt?
When to hunt Black Wildebeest?
Typically for Africa, Black Wildebeest hunting opportunities exist pretty much year round. December to February, however, are usually too hot for most African countries. Like with many other ungulates, the best time for hunting is the rut, when bulls display themselves on their small mating territories and fight with other bulls for them. The rut usually happens in May to July
Hunting methods All hunting methods (14)
Wildebeest typically stick to savannah type habitat, and by far the most popular way of hunting the Black Wildebeest it is the traditional spot-and-stalk. The hunter and the PH cover the ground (often in vehicles) trying to find the herd with a good bull in it. Usually the quest is to find a small bachelor group rather than that huge herd from TV screens, because in a big herd it could be easy to lose track of the bull of your dream as the animals move about. Wildebeest is a tough animal, nicknamed “a poor man’s buffalo”, and most PHs advise a rifle of the 7 mm - .300 Magnum class to hunt it. Hump on the shoulder makes hunters unaccustomed to this animal aim too high.
Why hunt Black Wildebeest? All hunts (300)
With its dark brown (rather than actually black) skin, and characteristic horns that curl forward, the Black Wildebeest is an iconic South African species. Wildebeest biltong is highly prized, although when fresh the Wildebeest venison is said to be tough and dry. Long journeys in teams of friends to hunt Wildebeest for biltong is an old tradition of South Africans. The indigenous hunters-gatherers track and stalk it or sit over waterholes with their primitive bows and arrows. The skin is the source for high-quality leather, and the tail of the black wildebeest, long and flowing, is used for traditional fly-whisks. And for the international hunter, the hornswill be a long-lasting memento of the outlandish experience of hunting in Africa.
Hunt along the Indian Ocean South Africa
The Eastern Cape province is home to an array of wildlife species, differing vegetation biomes and spectacular mountain ranges. Being a malaria free area allows for easy movement through out the province, providing hunters with a great opportunity to see all that the Eastern Cape has to offer. With access to various concessions totaling over 150,000 acres of both high fenced and free range opportunities, we cater for both rifle and bow hunters. Promoting ethical and sustainable hunting is vitally important to us while ensuring our guests experience the real thrill of the hunt, which is why our hunting is done through walk and stalk. Hunt with the Indian Ocean as your background in this stunning area. Once you pull the trigger, all you hear is the waves crashing onto the golden beach.
Trip duration: 1 - 10 days
Hunting season: 15 Nov 2015 1 Dec 2020
Eastern Cape Trophy Hunt 1x1 South Africa
We offer our clients access to the best hunting areas in South Africa. We believe in ethical hunting and pride ourselves in offering the client just that. Paperwork for firearms is available and temporary import permits will be arranged before arrival. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 3 - 10 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
WC: Albertina - Bow & Rifle Lodge South Africa
SELF CATERING, SELF CONTAINED HUNTING LODGE (SA citizens only) Come experience a professional and well-organised hunt with us, as we have been in the hunting industry since 1990. If you don’t have your own rifle we have a selection for hire. Walk and stalk, use our blinds or shoot from the vehicle. As a hunter the choice is yours.
Trip duration: 2 - 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
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