Where to hunt Common Blesbuck
Common Blesbuck, or Blesbok in Afrikaans, is endemic to South Africa This dark brown antelope, with its characteristic white muzzle that gave it its name (from the Afrikaans for ‘blaze’), can be found in the open grassland, especially in the provinces of Free State, the Karoo and the Northern Cape, but it was also introduced to game farms elsewhere in South Africa and also in Namibia.
Common Blesbuck is one of the most affordable African trophies. It is included in many ‘plains game package hunts’, along with other animals. Such packages start from as low as $1,500, but may cost up to $20,000, depending on the number and quality of trophies, hunting days, and extras. Shooting fee for Common Blesbuck is usually priced in the $250-400 range.
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When to hunt Common Blesbuck?
By far the best time to hunt Common Blesbuck is the rut, when bigger dominant rams do their display and territory protection routine. Most rutting activity takes place from March to May. However, any time that’s good for a plains game hunt is good for Common Blesbuck hunting, and in South Africa you can hunt this species all year round.
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Highveld plains and open grasslands is Blesbuck’s preferred habitat, although on game farms they can thrive in other landscapes, including bushveld. They live in family or bachelor groups. The rut, when the oldest and biggest males protect their territory and try to assemble a harem of females, is perhaps the best time for stalking Common Blesbuck. Aside from the breeding activities, it takes a trained eye to spot a true trophy among its large herds. Both rams and ewes carry horns, and while the rams are bigger and their horns are longer, the difference is not as dramatic as in some other species. The hardest part of the hunt is the approach, across an open plain, and with many eyes and ears that can detect danger. Bowhunters may prefer to hunt Common Blesbuck from a blind set over a waterhole, as these grazers need to drink on a daily basis.
Why hunt Common Blesbuck?
Common Blesbuck hunting is popular with both African and international hunters. The former are mostly interested in its delicious meat, that makes Common Blesbuck one of the three most popular quarries for biltong hunting. The latter are fascinated with the appearance of this antelope, with bright white spot on the muzzle contrasting with dark brown hair, and gracefully curved horns. Common Blesbuck, for all its widespread distribution, is a challenging animal to stalk, and the trophy mount will serve as a symbol and a memory of an African hunting adventure. If you’re planning a plains game hunt in Africa, be sure to add Common Blesbuck to the trophy list!
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