Black Wildebeest are found in open plains, with low shrubs and grasslands. They are quite dependent on surface water. They remain in herds, with one territorial male. He is the only male that mates in the herd. The herd is active in the early morning and late afternoon, and they rest during the day.
On our land, the Black Wildebeest live in an area with very little cover, so it makes for an interesting stalk. They are very enjoyable to hunt. Sometimes we find it easier to sit and watch them for a while and wait for them to get closer. They are fairly tough animals, so you need to use a good bullet and shot placement is very important.
Once Black Wildebeest are alerted to our presence they run off fairly quickly, they tend to run around in big circles making a lot of dust, it is quite spectacular to watch. Distinguishing between male and female is not that easy. The Males are usually larger and their horns are bigger and heavier.
They have a cattle-like appearance, with beards and hair on their noses. Their distinguishing feature is the white horse-like tail. Loud snorts and ghenu like sound are made to warn of danger.
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