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BLUE WILDEBEEST

IDENTIFICATION: A very strong muscular appearance. The face, mane and tail are black with a bluish appearance. Dark vertical stripes on the neck and flanks.  Horns: Males and females have horns.

DISTRIBUTION: Southern Africa.

HABITAT: Open Savannah, especially thorn woodland. Prefers short grass plains in valleys and floodplains. Seasonal movements take place to areas with short grass if the grass in the particular area becomes too tall. Independent of water.

HABITS: Grazers. Usually forms herds of between 20 and 30 animals. There are female and bachelor herds, as well as territorial males with female herds forming the closest association. Female herds may move through a male's territory. Bachelor herds have a loose association. Grazes when it is cool and rests during the hottest part of the day in the shade. Settles in certain areas but migrates seasonally to other areas, forming larger herds numbering thousands in the famous "Great Migration".

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Blue Wildebeest, the Poor Mans Buffalo, not only in looks but for shear brute strength once hit. These animals have been known to travel up to 300 yards with a well placed heart shot. Bulls are larger in stature than cows.

When judging the trophy quality of the Blue Wildebeest its important to look at the size of the boss, the hardness of the boss and the curl of the horn beyond the tip of the ears. Mature bulls will display black/darkened hair between their bosses or leading to their bosses and not red/brown hair, the sigh of immaturity.

  • Ave Age of Mature Bulls: +/- 5 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Bulls: +/- 600 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License
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