Wildebeest – Blue
(Latin = Connochaetus taurinus, Afrikaans = Blouwildebees, Tswana = Kgokong)
- Numbers: High
- Weight: 180 – 270 kg (396 – 594 lb.)
- Shoulder height: 135 – 150 cm (54 – 60 in.)
- Record Horn Length:
- SCI: 97
- Rowland Ward: 36 in.
- Females horns? Yes
The dark silver-grey body is marked with dark vertical bands on the front quarters. Blue wildebeest are characterised by a long black mane and a beard of hair hanging from the throat and neck. Both sexes grow short curved horns.
Blue Wildebeest are seasonal breeders. Births of single calves per cow occur during summer after a gestation period of nine months.
Distribution is concentrated to the north-eastern regions of South Africa. Also widely distributed in countries north of South Africa.
This is one tough antelope; hunting blue wildebeest with less than .270 caliber and a good 150-grain bullet is not recommended. In open country, the flat shooting .300 magnums with 200 or 220-grain bullets are an excellent choice. Hunting blue wildebeest in bushveld conditions may well call for even larger calibers and heavier bullets. The prominent hump on the shoulder and the mane may often lead to a body shot placed too high. When hunting blue wildebeest, always try to position yourself for the side-on shot; draw up the back edge of the front leg and place the shot about four inches (a hand’s width) above the point of the elbow. This ‘high heart’ shot will take heart and lungs.