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Wildebeest – Black

(Latin = Connochaetus gnou, Afrikaans = Swartwildebees)

  • Numbers: Fairly low
  • Weight: 60 – 160 kg (198 – 352 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 120 cm (48 in.)
  • Record Horn Length:
  • SCI: 101 2/8
  • Rowland Ward: 30 and seven eights in.
  • Females horns? Yes


Black Wildebeest have a dark brown to black body, an erect mane and a long whitish tail. Both sexes have heavy, forward-curving horns.


They are primarily a grazer, in order of preference selecting for predominantly grass, and occasionally karroid shrubs and herbs.


Their preferred habitat is open grassveld, and it actively avoids areas with tall grass and dense vegetation.


Hunting black wildebeest in open terrain calls for a minimum of .270 caliber with a good 150-grain bullet. The 7mm mag or one of the .300 magnums is an even better choice. These guys are tough, so always use heavy-for-caliber premium bullets. Follow the back edge of the front leg and place your shot one third up into the body, never more than half way up. Hunting black wildebeest in bushveld conditions may well call for even larger calibers, like the 9.3mm or the .375. Your Professional Hunter will be your best guide here.




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