Extremely tough animal! Premium bullets are recommended. I use Federal VS Premium Nosler Accubonds in .280 caliber; 160 grains. This bull will score in the top 50 of the record books. We have excellent areas for hunting this "tough as a Buffalo" plains animal.
Black Wildebeast have a dark brown to black body, an erect mane and a long whitish tail. Both sexes have heavy, forward curving horns. Bulls measure 47 inches at the shoulder and weigh an average of 397 pounds. Cows measure 1.16 metres at the shoulder and weigh 286 lbs. The horns of calves are initially straight, and start to grow the characteristic curvature at approximately nine months of age. Average horn length of males; 21 inches with 29.5 inches as the record.
They are primarily a grazer, in order of preference selecting for predominantly grass, and occasionally karroid shrubs and herbs.
Socially, the Black Wildebeast is found in three types of herds namely those consisting of territorial bulls competing to attract receptive cows, female herds, and lastly bachelor herds. Dominant bulls are spaced across a grid of individual territories, each of which is actively defended. Generally older bulls are isolated from the social structure. This species shows strong attachment to particular areas, which are selected for all round visibility to enhance safety.
Their preferred habitat is open grassveld, and it actively avoids areas with tall grass and dense vegetation.
Black Wildebeast are endemic to South Africa. Historically the Black Wildebeast occupied the central open grassland plains of the country, from the Northern Cape, the Free State, the southern highveld regions of the former Transvaal, western Lesotho, western Swaziland and the grassland areas below the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal. Recently introduced to other parts of the country and neighbouring countries.
This old bull had been living a solitary life; away from all herds. Most likely he was run off by younger bulls. This massive game animal lives mostly in the broken bush, coming out on the plains to feed if not pressured. One well placed shot with a .280 anchored this bull. Their reputation as being hard to kill is true. They have very thick, tough skin. I took this bull in the rain. The fun began when we had to get him out of the bottom of a canyon (Kloof).