Blue Wildebeest Hunts in Texas

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SMR offers fully guided hunts for Blue Wildebeest (White-bearded Wildebeest) year around on the ranch in South Texas. Blue Wildebeest bring the sense of Africa to Texas like few others. The sub-species is worth mentioning, as Blue Wildebeest hunts in Texas are for the “White-bearded” sub-species and often referred to by that name. These are the famous migrators of the Serengeti and Masai Mara regions of East Africa. Blue Wildebeest were among the first exotics species SMR added to the ranch and we enjoy seeing new offspring each year.

Blue Wildebeest hunts at SMR are typically done spot-and-stalk, but stand hunting options are available for both rifle hunts and bow hunts.

Hunters may choose to hunt Blue Wildebeest on their own or combine it with other exotics year around. For those hunting between October and February, Blue Wildebeest hunts may be added to a trophy Whitetail Deer hunt.

To make your hunt a Texas Wildebeest Slam, see our Black Wildebeest hunts page.

Blue Wildebeest hunt trophy fee: $5,500

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Blue Wildebeest at SMR

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Blue Wildebeest Hunts

Blue Wildebeest (White-bearded Wildebeest)

Information below is about the White-bearded sub-species of Blue Wildebeest. This is the sub-species at SMR and the only recognized category for SCI North America Introduced.

Taxonomy

alternate names: White-bearded Wildebeest
genus / species / subspecies: connochaetes / taurinus / albojubatus

Origin

origin: Tanzania, Kenya
conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Biology

adult weight: 300-550 lbs.
adult shoulder height: 45-52”
life span: 18-20 years

Breeding

age of sexual maturity:
1.5-2.5 years (females)
3-4 years (males)

gestation period: 8 months
first calf born at: 2.5-3.5 years old
young at birth: 1

Hunt Trophy

age to possible trophy size: 3 years (grows rapidly)
which sexes have horns: male and female
how to ID a trophy: horns of bulls are thicker, darker in color, heavier bases (boss)

Blue Wildebeest Facts

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    Migration

    White-bearded Wildebeest boast the largest mammal migration in the world. Following the rains, approximately 1.3 million Wildebeest migrate every year between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya. This migration stretches nearly 1,000 miles.

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    Early Risers

    Blue Wildebeest calves are able to stand within 6 minutes of birth. The process of imprinting (mother-calf relationship) is critical and will last 8 months until the calf is weaned and leaves the mother.

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    The Gnu Name

    Wildebeest are sometimes called Gnus. The origin of this name comes from the Wildebeest's loud nasal call.

Blue Wildebeest Range Map

range map of Blue Wildebeest

Blue Wildebeest Trophy Scoring (SCI)

Blue Wildebeest hunts in Texas are scored for SCI in the category “North America Introduced.”

SCI Record Book Minimums

MethodBronzeSilverGold
Rifle0"58 2/8"73 3/8""
Bow62"0"71"

Top 5 Rankings

RankScoreYear Taken
185 0/8"1995
283 5/8"1998
382 2/8"2014
481 7/8"1996
581 5/8"2008
overall rankings (all methods)

Scoring Method

METHOD 5 for Blue Wildebeest and Takin
download the score sheet

how to score Blue Wildebeest