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.
African Plains Game Safari 1x1 '2021 South Africa
We offer packaged as well as custom made hunting safaris across the entire Southern and Western Africa, which includes countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. We offer fair chase hunting in both fenced and unfenced areas, depending on the hunter’s needs.
Trip duration: 5 - 10 days
Hunting season: 28 Mar 2021 31 Oct 2021
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We hunt various concessions totalling over 30000 acres. Each concession has different terrains, some mountainous, some with rivers and small dams, that each contribute to providing different hunting environments and hosts many of the species in their natural preferred habitats. In autumn and winter, we can be out all day hunting due to milder temperatures. In the summer months, hunting occurs early morning, beak over midday and continue late afternoon till dusk. More foliage and cover, tracking and hunting after some fresh rainfall, perfect night-time temperatures and all the baby calves running around makes summer hunts even more special. Bowhunting is done mostly from a blind, at a waterhole or a feeding spot. Rifle hunters normally hunt walking and stalking but can use a blind if the species or situation requires it. Dangerous game hunts are only done on foot, and our long-range hunts are either walk and stalk, or from a perch, or mountain.
Trip duration: 1 - 20 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
Plains Game 1x1 Botswana
Botswana is a beautiful country in Southern Africa, bordering from the North: Zambia and the Caprivi Strip in Namibia; the South: South Africa; to the East - Zimbabwe and to the West - Namibia. It is considered to be the safest and most stable African country. The hunting season in Botswana is during the winter months, between March and September. The weather during the season is pleasantly warm, sunny days, with cold evenings. There is normally no or very little rainfall during the hunting season.
Trip duration: 3 - 21 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2021 30 Sep 2021
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