Black or Blue Wildebeest

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Africa' started by Jody, May 6, 2015.

  1. Jody

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    With just a little over a month to go until my first bowhunting trip to Africa, here is what I'm stressing about. If you only had an opportunity to take one, which would it be a blue or black wildebeest?
    I know many would just say that will give you a reason to go back, but who knows how long that will take. Anyone have any cool mounts that would help persuade me?
     

  2. PHOENIX PHIL

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    Bring extra cash and take both! But if it can only be one, I'm a bit partial to the Black. The areas you can find them are much more limited than the blues.
     
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    For size and toughness the Blue is hard to beat. There is a reason they call the Blue a poor man's buffalo. Both are impressive animals in their own right,but a big bull Blue is as tuff as they come.
     
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    I think the black is a much grander animal than the blue. I've shot a few blues, but only one black and he was a fine beast. I did get a very good blue indeed with Bos en dal a couple of years ago.
    I think a lot of it is in the stalk and the memories built therein, but if you have the choice take the black.
     

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    Hunthardsafaris is right. These blues are bloody tough. That's why I have a .416!
     

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    I would say both lol. But I would do a black, I already have a white bearded blue though. Still the black is my favorite.
     

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    That being said its all about opportunity. I wouldn't look a gift wildebeest in the mouth, so to speak.
     
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    I had a great experience in Zim last month when a BIG blue bull came up to about 30 yards from us. Head up, giving us a good look. He wasn't on the menu but the thought did cross a few minds about what he was going to do.
    A grand sight indeed.
     

  9. TEX84

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    Go with the blue. To me, the blue wildebeest is a classic African animal.
     

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    Both, I thought about taking one on my upcoming trip but decided I'm gonna wait till I can get both.
     

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    With it being a bow hunt I would take which either one gives me a chance. Black tend to like more opened areas and will take some planning to get a good one with a bow. The blue I would say you will get more chances at on your hunt. I have taken the blue and will do a black next trip. Had a friend take both last trip and the black was the one he wanted more until he seen a good blue then he made the hit list also.

    I will tell you the black are just flat ass crazy the way they run around. can make for some fun hunting though. Good luck on your hunt
     
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    Many times bowhunting is by opportunity not a shopping trip, take what ever gives you a great shot at a good animal.
     

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    Good advice.

    If you are in a place that has both, consider the black. More places in southern Africa have blue than black when deciding where your second trip will be.


    Good advice.

    Wow, a lot of people give good advice here.o_O




    At least your not having to decide between "White Beard" and "Niassa".:)
     

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    I didn't read that it was a bow hunt...from my experience I tend not to pass on much with the bow, good luck and it is a great problem to have!
     

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    When the chance comes .......... you'll just know !
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    Great problem to have!! The exact quote I tell my wife when bringing home another trophy and she asks where I'm going to hang that. Or when a buddy asks what I'm going to do if I take a large animal in the middle of nowhere all by myself.

    It sounds like if I get a good opportunity at a black I better send an arrow his way. If they are the more difficult of the two.
     

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    Me too!!! That's why I took a blue as the first animal on my first safari!!! Can't get more special that that!
     

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    I have to agree with everyone saying both! Having hunted both of them on my last trip it would be almost impossible to pick one. Both hunts were very different and I was surprised how different they are giving they are both wildebeest.
     

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    Where are you hunting?
     

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    Take all three. Blue Black and Red....Hartebeest that is. Go for the "beest" slam. :A Banana:
     

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