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White Blesbuck

(Latin = Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi, Afrikaans = Wit Blesbok)

  • Weight: 60 – 82 kg (132 – 180 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 95 cm (38 in.)
  • Record Horn Length:
  • SCI: 52 and four eights.
  • Rowland Ward: 20 in.
  • Females horns? Yes


The White Blesbuck is a natural colour variant of the Common Blesbuck, due to genetic mutation. Their entire body is white. A few brown hairs do occur between the white hairs.  It is also only found in South Africa.


It prefers to graze on short grass especially that which is newly sprouted from burnt out areas. Like most animals, White Blesbuck feed during the cooler morning and evening periods, tending to rest during the heat of the day.


The White Blesbuck is a seasonal breeder. Rutting occurs during March to May. Births peak during November and December after a gestation period of about 240 days. Females give birth to single calves.


Just like the Common Blesbuck they prefer open grasslands with sufficient water. Although the white gene has proved to be the recessive gene, great numbers of White Blesbuck have been built throughout South Africa.


When hunting White Blesbuck the same principles apply as to the Common Blesbuck. The only difference is that the White Blesbuck is easily spotted due to its white colour. Calibers like the .270 or .300 magnums with bullets of 130 to 150 grains give excellent results for longer shots out on the plains. The high heart/lung shot will be the ticket here; take aim directly up the foreleg about one-third and squeeze. Never shoot above the half-way point or you may be in for a long day.



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