Blue Wildebeest Hunts in Texas
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
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.
alternate names: White-bearded Wildebeest
genus / species / subspecies: connochaetes / taurinus / albojubatus
origin: Tanzania, Kenya
conservation status: Least Concern (LC)
adult weight: 300-550 lbs.
adult shoulder height: 45-52”
life span: 18-20 years
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
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
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.
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.
The Gnu Name
Wildebeest are sometimes called Gnus. The origin of this name comes from the Wildebeest's loud nasal call.
Blue Wildebeest Trophy Scoring (SCI)
Blue Wildebeest hunts in Texas are scored for SCI in the category “North America Introduced.”
SCI Record Book Minimums
|Rifle||0"||58 2/8"||73 3/8""|
Top 5 Rankings
METHOD 5 for Blue Wildebeest and Takin
download the score sheet