Where to hunt Oryx
Oryx is a genus of antelopes well adapted to dry open semi-deserts and steppes. Today, four main species of Oryx are recognized. South African Oryx, a.k.a. Gemsbok or Gemsbuck, has a healthy and abundant population in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. It is also a popular animal with game farms and ranches, and there’s a free-ranging huntable population in New Mexico, USA. Closely related to it is East African Oryx, divided into Beisa and Fringed-Ear susbspecies. The opportunities to hunt this subspecies are limited and exist mostly in Tanzania. Scimitar and Arabian Oryx are strictly protected across their native range, but healthy herds are kept on game farms and ranches in South Africa and the USA, and a limited number of them are harvested each ear, the proceeds going to finance the operations.
The most affordable Oryx hunting opportunities exist in Namibia, where management/cull hunts start at about $1,000. Shooting fee for a trophy South African Oryx varies from $600 to $1,500, with some outfitters charging even more for record book size horns. With daily rates and perhaps a few other trophies the price of a complete hunt will be in the $1,500 - $5,000 range. The shooting fees for a Scimitar Oryx run about $2,000 - $4,000 shooting fees, and Arabian Oryx are as expensive as $15,000. The most expensive Oryx hunting deals are packages with other, often iconic, animals, and hunts in Tanzania.
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When to hunt Oryx?
Oryx hunting opportunities exist year-round, as they happen on private game ranches, as exotics, and/or in countries with generous hunting seasons. The best time for Oryx hunting, however, is a matter of debate. Some South African outfitters say it’s better to hunt in November – April, where flourishing vegetation of the bush makes stalking easier. In many areas, however, these dates will be too hot for long spot-and-stalk hunts on foot, and it’s much better to hunt from May to September.
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The most popular way of hunting this antelope is by the classic African spot-and-stalk. Typically for Africa, hunters cover ground in vehicles, glass for animals, and stalk them on foot once they are located. While on some game farms and ranches it may dwell in bush and scrub country, usually Oryx 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 Oryx are as deadly as sabers (which is the reason why Oryx is sometimes called the Saber Antelope), and Oryx are known to have killed lions with them, so you should be extra careful when approached a wounded or not definitely dead Oryx.
Why hunt Oryx?
The beautiful horns and skin of the Oryx, as well as its delicious meat, have long attracted hunters. Unregulated and irresponsible slaughter with the help of modern weapons and vehicles drove many populations of Oryx to extinction, and in fact the only reason why Scimitar and Arabian Oryx exist at all is due to captive herds, that are being used to source animals for reintroduction program. Zoos can’t support a population with sufficient genetic diversity; keeping enough of the animals is possible only on game farms, and trophy hunting serves as the most efficient source of financing for them. That’s so far as conservation aspect goes, but what about the hunt itself? An open plain where you can see every movement of the wary animal, the highest degree of tension at every moment of the stalk, and a lasting memory in the form of a couple of beautiful horns. Enough to make any hunter want to hunt this antelope.
African Dream Hunt South Africa
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 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2021
Promo Namibian Plains Game 1x1 '2021 Namibia
We offer you guided hunting safaris on our exquisite game ranch just south of Windhoek, Namibia. There are 25 species of plains game on 60 000 acres of privately owned land, making this game ranch the perfect location for plains game hunting. To ensure the ultimate hunting experience combined with appreciating the unique Namibian environment we recommend planning your hunting trip to last around 10 to 12 days (hunting season starts on 1 February and ends on 30 November). Our policy of not taking double bookings can make your dream come true of being the only hunter/group on 94 square miles / 243 square km free range. Together with a success rate of 90% of the hunting trophies acquired on the ranch qualifying for gold medals according to the Namibian quality control system hunters are guaranteed of a successful hunting safari. A typical hunting day will start bright and early before sunrise with a hearty breakfast buffet. The hunting method employed is spotting and stalking. (recommended rifles - .270 thru to .300). Depending on the success of the hunt, lunch will be served either at the lodge or on the plains as not to interrupt the progress made on the hunting safari. Hunting will continue into the afternoon if so desired by the guests or visit the cheetahs and attend a cheetah feeding. For Leopard and Cheetah hunt minimum of 14 hunting days required. There is no minimum hunting days requirement but we recommend 7 hunting days. 50% discount on daily rates on any safari booked in March, April, October and November! This promo is valid only if the booking takes place in the mentioned months. Please inquire for available days!
Trip duration: 5 - 16 days
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2021 30 Nov 2021
10 day Full-of-Choice Bushveld Hunt 1x1 South Africa
The 10 day Packed-Full-of-Choice Bushveld hunting trip includes 11 nights accommodation / 10 days of hunting the bushveld. It includes 6 Trophies that includes: 1x Blesbok, 1 x Impala and 1 x Warthog. Then you can Choose between the following: 1x Greater Southern Kudu or 1x Waterbuck, 1x Blue Wildebeest or 1x Zebra, 1x Gemsbok (Oryx) or 1x Red Hartebeest. This is the perfect package for the hunter that has hunted Africa before and want those species that has eluded him previously. Observer can be added to the trip for $1,200 per person.
Trip duration: 12 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2021 31 Dec 2021
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