Where to hunt Kings Wildebeest
Kings Wildebeest are a colour variant originating from a Blue Wildebeest, a.k.a. Gnu and are one of the most well-known African antelopes. The uncountable herds of this antelope during their annual migration make a striking sight to behold. Two species of Wildebeest exist, the Blue Wildebeest, also known as the Common Wildebeest and the Black Wildebeest, a native of South Africa. In South Africa, game breeders have now produced another colour variant out of the original Blue Wildebeest with mustard coloured sides, white beard and light coloured forehead and muzzle in some cases.
Kings Wildebeest numbers are limited but as the population grows trophy fees are starting to come down in price. Trophy fees for Kings Wildebeest currently range from $3,500 - $7,000, with a daily hunting rate of $300 - 350 per day. Few hunters travel as far as Africa to hunt just one antelope; most prefer to pursue five to seven “plains game” species in the course of a 5 to 10-day hunt. Such “plains game packages” usually start at $3,000. The most expensive Wildebeest hunts are the most exotic colour phase variants in South Africa.
When to hunt Kings Wildebeest?
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Wildebeest is a creature of the savannah, a habitat perfectly suited for spot-and-stalk hunting, as it is often just open enough to allow easy identification of animals, and provides just enough cover for a concealed approach. But fooling a thousand eyes and ears in a big herd can be quite a challenge, and so, when the hunter and the PH cover the ground (often in vehicles) trying to find the herd with a good bull in it, they’re mostly looking for a small herd or bachelor group. Wildebeest’s reputation for toughness earned it a nickname “poor man’s buffalo”, and most PHs advise a rifle of the 7 mm - .300 Magnum class to hunt it. The hump on the shoulder to which many hunters are unaccustomed means they end up aiming too high.
Why hunt Kings Wildebeest?
Wildebeest is the classic quarry of “plains game” hunting. The indigenous hunters-gatherers track and stalk it or sit over waterholes with their primitive bows and arrows, and long journeys in teams of friends to hunt them for biltong is an old tradition of South Africans. The meat of wildebeest is said to be tough and dry when fresh but a delicacy when converted to biltong (jerky). The skin is the source of high-quality leather, and the tail is used for a traditional fly-whisk. The horns to an international hunter will be a long-lasting memento of the outlandish experience of hunting in Africa.
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