Where to hunt Golden 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. Usually the Wildebeest are dark-brown in color, but other color variants are possible. One of such variants, the Golden Wildebeest, is highly prized among hunters and game ranchers in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana.
Supply and demand being what they are, the Golden Wildebeest is one of the most expensive kinds of Gnu to hunt. Trophy fees are usually in the $2,300-$2,500 range, to which you should add daily rates, and perhaps the price of a few other species (few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope). The most expensive Golden 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 to hunt Golden Wildebeest?
Typically for Africa, Golden 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.
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By far the most popular way of hunting the Golden 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. What you’re looking for is a solitary animal or a small group, as in a really big herd from a TV screen it might not be easy to keep track of the bull of your dream as the animals move about. Wildebeest is a tough animal, 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 Golden Wildebeest?
The unusually light-colored skin of the Golden Wildebeest adds to the strange ugly-to-the-point-of-beautiful attractiveness of the Common Gnou. Game ranches, whatever anyone can say about them, play an important part in Wildebeest conservation, both by keeping a reserve stock and protecting habitat. Wildebeest biltong is highly prized, 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 horns will be a long-lasting memento of the outlandish experience of hunting in Africa.
1:1 Limpopo Bushveld Hunt South Africa
RIFLE HUNTING We will adapt to your ability and make sure that you get the best trophies. As qualified firearm handlers, we have taken several youth hunters and taught them the basics about hunting, firearm handling and safety. After this, we took them on their first real hunt. Be it your first time or your son’s first time, we enjoy introducing hunting to you. Hunting with us will be a life-changing experience and would make you return year after year to enjoy our great country and friendly people. BOWHUNTING Bowhunting in South Africa will be one of your best hunts ever. Be surrounded by game every day and await your perfect shot. Bowhunting is a passion that we all live by and we take pride in the rankings our clients get every year with their trophies. We use very well built pit blinds and tree stands. Whatever is needed to put you on the big one, we make it happen. Rifle hunting is not allowed on any of our bowhunting ranches. NOTE: Prices are subject to foreign currency fluctuations between the time of the quotation and the hunting date.
Trip duration: 5 - 21 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2021 31 Oct 2021
Gold, Black & White South Africa
Come and hunt some of the beautiful and rare color variations that we have available in our huge extensive areas at a hugely discounted rate and package deal! Package includes: - 7 Nights for 1 Hunter hunting 1on1 (2 x Hunters hunting 2on1 will be package price of $5200/Hunter) - 1 x Golden Wildebeest - 1 x Golden Gemsbuck - 1 x Black Impala - 1 x White Flanked Impala Extra days and trophies can be added as per normal 2021 US$ rates.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 22 Apr 2021 15 Dec 2021
Beest Slam Package South Africa
PACKAGE INCLUDES 6-nights accommodation 5 full hunting days Trophies included: 4 Beests - 1 x Blue Wildebeest, 1 x Black Wildebeest, 1 x Golden Wildebeest & 1 x Red Hartebeest Our motto is not to let a client shoot a trophy that we as a company won't hang on our own wall for viewing. We have a mixture of wide grass veld and deep bushy valleys that allows us to offer such animals all in one package. You can expect healthy and tasty food at every mealtime, warm comfy beds for a good night’s rest and warm running water to wash the day's dust away. We have some of the best guides in the business with the best equipment to make your safari as smooth as possible. Last but not least, you can be sure to sit around the African TV (open fire) after dinner enjoying the sounds of the night in the African bush.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 31 Dec 2021
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