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.
1x1: Eastern Cape Free-range Hunt South Africa
ACCOMMODATION: FARM GUESTHOUSE as listed 4 STAR THATCH LODGE upgrades available at an additional fee of $150 per hunter The Ranch sits on an escarpment (2200 feet above sea level) and has four unique biospheres within half an hour’s drive. This unique change in biospheres results in huge animal diversity. the landscape and habitats vary from deep wide valley bushveld with thick riverine bush, home of the Eastern Cape Kudu as well as Cape Bushbuck, Nyala, Warthog, and Bush pig. The sides of the valleys/canyons make for great vantage points. A lot of time is spent at theses elevated points glassing for trophies. On the plateau above the valley lies the savanna and scattered woodlands. This is home to species such as Impala, Sable, Zebra, Waterbuck and Mountain Reedbuck. These plateaus also make great vantage points for glassing and the start of many long stalks. The savanna gradually gives way to the long rolling Bedford plains which were once the place of vast animal migrations across the Eastern Cape. These plains are where Springbuck, Blesbok and Black Wildebeest are found and often ambushed from behind the endless anthills which make for good hiding places. These plains give way to the Kaggaberg Mountain range with valleys and box canyons, home to the Eland, Cape Bushbuck and Kudu.
Trip duration: 1 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
Karoo Dream Hunt 2x1 '2020 South Africa
The Eastern Cape boasts 6 out of 7 vegetation biomes and is the most ecologically diverse of South Africa's provinces. This diversity in turn supports a large number of plains game species; from kudu in savannah bushveld, to klipspringer in the craggy mountain peaks and bushbuck in the coastal forests. The Eastern Cape offers an unrivalled variety of hunting opportunities. The area from Uitenhage to Steytlerville is acknowledged as having the highest density of kudu in the world. Every year, 25,000 kudu are hunted in the Eastern Cape. We enjoyed a 100% success rate for kudu in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. During this period 24 out of 24 hunters who had a kudu on their wish list shot a trophy kudu, some chose to hunt a second one.
Trip duration: 3 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Jan 2020 31 Dec 2020
Plains Game in Camp, 1x1 Namibia
Our farm boasts a wide variety of game, including Eland, Kudu, Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Springbuck, Zebra, Warthog, Klipspringer, Ostrich, Black Backed Jackal, Baboon and Leopard. In addition, we offer an even greater variety of game on our concession areas such as Blue and Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Impala, Waterbuck and much more. If we don’t have what you are looking for, we’ll go out of our way to find it for you. Guests on our farm can choose between the luxuriously appointed guest suites at the main farmhouse, or, for the more adventurous or budget conscious amongst you, at our tented chalets at Bobbejaan Dam. Meals are served in our well - appointed lapa, or around the campfire at Bobbejaan Dam; where you can enjoy traditional African cuisine whilst admiring our spectacular evening sunsets, overlooking a waterhole. This offer includes Bobbejam Dam tented camp daily rates.
Trip duration: 1 - 14 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2020 30 Nov 2021
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