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Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Antlion » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:28 am

Blue wildebeest are generally regarded as being tough. What sort of minimum setup is recommended to hunt them with a bow? Are they known to jump the string?
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Eraser » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:19 am

According to SABA Requirements guidelines, the Blue Wildebeest classifies as a category 2 species. (This is still guidelines from the early years but I found it to be still very good)
This means that the minimum recommended arrow weight should be 400gr with 50 ft-lbs Kinetic Energy and 0.42 Momentum as guidelines.

Please notice the words, "Guidelines" and "recommended" We don't say it has to be this. I know of animals going down with a lesser setup.

To get to the guideline your arrow (weight is 400gr) should have a velocity of 237fps, which translates to 49.90 ft-lbs Kinetic Energy and 0.421 Momentum.
Your setup should be suffecient for Blue Wildebeest according to SABA guidelines. (Again the word "Should)

I will definitely urge you to use a good 2 blade fix blade broadhead. Resistance for these BHs are low thus more energy for arrow penetration.

I have spoke to same Traditional bow hunters that have shot Blue Wildbeest with their traditional bows. For trad bows they suggest an arrow of 510gr or more at a speed of about 170f/s, which translates to 32.74 ft-lbs Kinetic Energy and 0.385 Momentum. Arrows tipped with 2 blade fix blade BH. They all use normally zwickey broadheads.
As you can see setups less than the SABA recommendation can still kill BWB. Your chances of loosing/wounding the animal just get much bigger.

SHOT PLACEMENT is key! BWB is not known to string-jump but I have seen video clips of bwb moving in the shot (String jump) Never shoot at an animal that is alert. Wait for them to settle down before shooting.
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby MrBallistic » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:14 am

Good summary Vic
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby SV MAD » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:33 am

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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Mad Max » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:56 am

Concurr with Vic, shot a BW 2 weeks ago that moved in the shot and my heavy setup and ST's saved the day with a solid kill shot and the animal expiring after about 50m.

A good quality 2 blader between 400 and 500gn with good shot placement will do the trick on your setup.

Also make sure that thebow is in tune with good arrow flight to ensure maximum penetration.

Seen a video this weeked where a BW was shot and very little penetration was achieved. On closer inspection one can see the arrow side-swiping on impact loosing a lot of energy in the process.
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Antlion » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:53 pm

Thanks guys. Will I be okay with something like the Slick trick Viper Trick?
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Eraser » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:26 pm

Viper Trick is a great BH. I think to maximize your potential rather look at a proper cut on contact BH like the "magnus buzz cut". A BH that will do well is the Helix. At Wildebees in Kempton they have them but with another name.
Will get the info and post. Google Helix Broad head to see how it looks.
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Antlion » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:38 pm

Thanks. Surprisingly not many people seem to sell a decent range of cut on contact broadheads. AE only had the 200gr models.
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Eraser » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:07 pm

The ones at Wildebees is caled Razorback Broadhead.
Looks just like the Helix.
I know they have 125gr.
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Philip Roets » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:13 pm

Vick, when will we het your review on the south African made fixed blades?




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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Eraser » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:30 pm

Philip Roets wrote:Vick, when will we het your review on the south African made fixed blades?


I coresponded with the guys but when it come to them sending me some to test they went silent.
But I now might have contact with the actual manufacturer so I will contact him directly.
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Antlion » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:49 pm

Vick any views on this? Magnum brings them in, highly rated for their strength abroad.
http://www.vparchery.com/product/vpa-2-blade-broadheads-125-grains-1-18-width-3-pack/
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Eraser » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:18 pm

Antlion wrote:Vick any views on this? Magnum brings them in, highly rated for their strength abroad.
http://www.vparchery.com/product/vpa-2-blade-broadheads-125-grains-1-18-width-3-pack/


The angle on the tip for me is a bit "Flat" not sure how they will do with the lower KE and momentum. Looks like a robust BH. Sure it will work great with more energy behind it. Just my opinion and thought on the design.

Have a look at Razorback solid blade that is at Wildebees. The tip is more "sharp" angled which in my opinion will give better penetration. More focused energy.
http://www.archeryessentials.com.au/Raz ... lix3pk.htm

I have shot my BWB with the Hilex, QT shot. Went in at the left shoulder (not hitting the bone) and exit just before the right hind leg. Total pass-through. Awesome broadheads in my opinion.
It is single beveled and that help rotation of arrow while penetrating.
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Antlion » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:17 pm

Thanks. I see what you mean regarding the tip. Are the single bevel broad heads easily sharpened?
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Re: Blue wildebeest setup

Postby Eraser » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:19 pm

Very easy. The Helix you remove the blade and then you put it flat on the whetstone and only work the flat surface. That way you restore the cutting edge without changing the angle of the bevel. Just work both flat sides equally.
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