Hunting the species
One of the African Continents most prized trophies, the Gemsbok poses an unmistakable presence with his large, blocky body and striking black-and-white facial markings, he is heavily built through the chest and shoulders giving it the appearance of having no neck. Native to arid parts of Southern Africa, especially the Kalahari Desert region. First introduced in Texas in 1960, then Introduced to the White Sands Missile Range of Southern New Mexico between 1969-1977 by the State Game Department.
Like most of the antelope species, the method of hunting will typically be Safari style until the bulls are located and a stalk ensues. Possessing keen eyesight and hearing, careful consideration of the wind must be taken into account as well as being camouflaged for the final approach. Gemsbok are known to be “hearty” so the hunter must be certain to anchor him with a solid shot. When a Gemsbok is poorly hit, they have been known to walk a hunter for miles but can also be deadly when wounded so must be approached with caution. We prefer the use of stable, shooting sticks while hunting afoot as the Brush Country of South Texas does not always lend itself for a steady rest. For those hunters unable to pursue on foot, hunting from blinds is a productive alternative. The rifle of choice will be in the 30 caliber plus range with good optics as the Gemsbok is a large, formidable quarry. The shots can range from 75 to 200 yards. For the bowhunter, stalking can be productive with patience and good wind, but blinds can also be set near waterholes for increased opportunities.
Shoulder Height: 46-48 inches
Weight: 400-500 pounds
Year Round with no distinct rut period
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