Where to hunt Yellow Blesbuck
Blesbok was a huntable endemic species native only in South Africa but has now been introduced to Namibia. Originally due to its large numbers it was nearly hunted into extinction, however since it was protected in the late 19th century this animal has made an incredible comeback through the conservation efforts of hunters and game ranchers alike. The Yellow Blesbok is simply a colour mutation of the Common Blesbok and shares the same habitat and behavioural patterns.
Only a limited number of Yellow Blesbok are available for hunting on game breeding ranches in South Africa. These are all high fenced properties in order to protect their assets. The daily rates for a plains game hunt on these territories range from $350-$450 per day and the trophy fee for a Yellow Blesbok ranges from $680-1500. Rarely are these animals included in a package hunt.
When to hunt Yellow Blesbuck?
Yellow Blesbok can be hunted year round In South Africa. The best months to hunt Blesbok are May until August when it is a lot cooler being winter, compared to the hot summer months but easily huntable throughout the year. During the rut which occurs from March to May, it is easier to identify the males due to their courtship behaviour, making trophy and gender selection much easier as both males and females have horns.
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Living out on the open plains, these animals are quite easy to spot. The difficulty of hunting these animals is in the stalk if there is no cover or broken terrain to use in your approach. What often makes the stalk difficult is these animals may congregate in large herds with everyone on the lookout for danger. Once you are close enough to take a shot, your Professional Hunter will point out a suitable trophy and help you find your targeted animal. This is easier said than done as being in an open area there often is no landmark that can be used as a marker. These animals have a parasite called a nasal bot that lives in their sinuses causing them to bob their heads on a regular basis and during the rut the males chase each other on a regular basis, so there is always movement in the herd. Make sure you are on the right animal as pointed out by your guide, otherwise you could end up shooting the wrong animal. For bowhunters, Blesbok do not venture far from water where they can be hunted from a blind.
Why hunt Yellow Blesbuck?
Not commonly hunted and only sought after by the true collector of colour variants. They can be extremely challenging to hunt in territories where wild and will keep running forever when disturbed or at any sign of danger. This not only tests your patience but also your marksmanship. The Common and Yellow Blesbok are markedly different and make an interesting comparison in anyone’s trophy room when shoulder mounted.
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