Where to hunt Gemsbuck
Gemsbuck, a.k.a. Gemsbok, a.k.a South African Oryx is the native of the Kalahari Desert. Gemsbuck range covers Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, and parts of Zimbabwe. This animal is well adapted to deserts and dry steppes, and does not depend on waterholes, being able to extract the necessary water from plants (including melons and watermelons). A free ranging population exists in New Mexico, USA, and some outfitters offer hunts for them on private land.
The most affordable opportunity to hunt Gemsbuck are management/cull hunts in Namibia, that may cost about $1,000. Gemsbuck is a good target for a management hunt, because both sexes carry horns, and cow trophies are as impressive as the bulls. For a trophy hunt, budget from $1,500 to $5,000, a part of which will go towards shooting fee ($600 and up), and the rest – for daily rates and other trophies (few people travel all the way to Africa to hunt just one species). Fully guided Oryx hunts on the ‘off-range’ private land in New Mexico, USA, typically cost $4,000-$6,000.
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When to hunt Gemsbuck?
Gemsbuck hunting opportunities exist a year round. In New Mexico the season runs from October to February. In Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe the best time for hunting is May to September, when colder temperatures make long walk-and-stalk hunts less excruciating. But some South African outfitters insist it’s better to hunt in November – April, when flourishing vegetation of the bush makes it easier to approach the animal.
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The most popular way of hunting this antelope is by the classic African spot-and-stalk. Hunters may cover ground with the help of vehicles, making frequent stops to glass for animals. Once a suitable animal is located, they stalk it on foot. While on some game farms and ranches it may dwell in bush and scrub country, usually Gemsbuck is a creature of wide open spaces, and is blessed with keen eyesight and natural wariness. This adds challenge to the hunt (and calls for a long-range, flat-shooting rifle). The long horns of the Gemsbuck are as deadly as sabers (which is the reason why Gemsbuck is sometimes called the Saber Antelope), and Gemsbuck are known to have killed lions with them, so you should be extra careful when approached a wounded or not definitely dead Gemsbuck.
Why hunt Gemsbuck?
Beautiful and graceful, with long saber-sharp horns and unusual face marks, is the classic African trophy that will make a lasting memory of your adventure. The hunt itself will be worthy of memories. An open plain where you can see every movement of the wary animal, the highest degree of tension at every moment of the stalk. The strange, outlandish beauty of the Kalahari Desert, the home of the Gemsbuck, will make a perfect background for this truly African adventure. No wonder Gemsbuck is included in the number of the must-have African antelope trophies.
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