Hunting gemsbok in South Africa
Gemsbok scientific name: Oryx gazella
Hunting gemsbok in South Africa is hunting for one of the best looking African antelope species. With the striking white facial markings and extreme javelin like horns gemsbok are one of the more easily recognizable antelope species in Africa.
With both gemsbok bulls and gemsbok cows sporting these horns that can be described as weapons, great care should be taken when approaching a wounded gemsbok. At times, it can be extremely difficult to sex these animals as older gemsbok cows develop thick base horns making an educated guess quite difficult.
Before a hunt commences the hunter should decide whether he / she would prefer hunting a gemsbok bull or a gemsbok cow. On average the only difference between the two (apart from the obvious) would be that gemsbok bulls have thicker, shorter horns while gemsbok cows have thinner longer horns.
Hunting gemsbok in South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our gemsbok hunting opportunities are not limited to a single Province as we have a variety of areas where gemsbok hunts can be booked. Gemsbok are also known as Oryx.
Hunting gemsbok in South Africa is hunting for one of the top 10 most favorite animals to hunt in Africa.
Gemsbok are gregarious animals preferring safety in numbers. At times bulls become solitary defending their territory against other gemsbok bulls. Receptive cows in herds passing through will attract their attention.
Gemsbok / oryx originate from traditional dry regions to the far western parts of South Africa. Succulents and interspersed water holes supply the water needs of these fine animals.
They have been introduced to a number of other regions within sub-Sahara Africa with great success. However, gemsbok do not adapt well to regions with high rainfall figures or to regions that has permanent water features like swamps.
Gemsbok cows hide their young for the first two weeks after birth before introducing them to the rest of the herd. It is known that these cows are extremely protective of their calves and will protect their calves at all cost.
Gemsbok have brittle hair quills rather than a fur. To have the back skin tanned to lay on the floor is not advised as foot traffic will wear the skin down to a hairless rug in no time. Rather use the skin as inlays for a pedestal mount and have the bushy tail converted to a fly swat.
Information on hunting gemsbok in South Africa
Gemsbok hunting prices South Africa
The cost for hunting gemsbok in South Africa for the 2019 hunting season is $ 1 600.
Our gemsbok hunting prices in South Africa are set for the whole of the 2019 gemsbok hunting season unless major currency fluctuations take place. If such events take place we will honor our gemsbok hunting prices as agreed upon prior to the start of your hunt. If the gemsbok hunting prices go down we will offer you the lower gemsbok prices.
Caliber for hunting gemsbok
The best caliber for hunting gemsbok in South Africa would be a medium bore rifle that you can shoot accurately and feel comfortable using. There are numerous calibers out there that will be able to effectively hunt gemsbok with and we wish not to get involved in debating on the merits of each.
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris suggests the following calibers as being the best calibers for hunting gemsbok in South Africa:
- 7 X 57
- 7 mm Rem Mag
- 7 mm 08
- 300 WSM
- 300 Win Mag and any comparable calibers.
Ammunition for hunting gemsbok in South Africa
Mkulu African Hunting Safaris recommends you only use premium grade ammunition when hunting gemsbok in South Africa.
Our preferred ammunition manufacturer is Barnes TTSX in just about any weight. Other premium grade ammunition manufactures you can use would be Federal Premium, Sierra and others.
Best gun scope for hunting gemsbok in South Africa
There are numerous gun scopes and gun scope brands available on the market today. It is our experience that the more costly gun scopes like Leupold and Swarovski optics certainly provide more light under darker conditions. However, if you can afford these optics is your choice. The single most important issue would be for the gun scope to be able to withstand the recoil once you squeeze the trigger.
A good 2 – 12 X 50 gun scope should be sufficient for hunting gemsbok in South Africa due to a wide zoom range and a long eye relief which will allow for greater flexibility to view the cross hairs quicker.
Average gemsbok hunting distance South Africa
The average expected shooting distance when hunting gemsbok / oryx in South Africa is 60 to 180 yards depending on the terrain you are hunting in.
Shot placement when hunting gemsbok in South Africa
The shot should be placed right on the shoulder in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the hump on the back.
Quartering to shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming for the opposite front leg at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Quartering away shot
The shot should be placed at the spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs, aiming at the opposite front leg at the same height as for a broadside shot.
Facing to shot
The shot should be placed where the bottom of the throat meets the chest.
Shot placement diagram hunting gemsbok
Gemsbok hunting video South Africa
This is a gemsbok rifle hunting video.
Tips for hunting gemsbok in South Africa
To walk-and-stalk when hunting gemsbok is the traditional way of going about it. Larger gemsbok herds can be more difficult to stalk due to every member of the gemsbok herd being alert most of the time. Solitary males can become extremely wily and are very hard to hunt indeed.
Extreme caution should be applied when on the final approach. Any sudden movements will attract the attention of a weary gemsbok and result in a no-hunt situation.
Best time of year for hunting gemsbok in South Africa
Traditionally the bush in the best gemsbok hunting areas is rather dense during our summer months from November to April. From June to August the bush starts to recede rather quickly and during September and October the daily temperatures start rising while the bush recedes to a minimum.
The best time of year to hunt gemsbok in South Africa is the second week of April until the end of October and even to mid-November when the bush has receded most.
When hunting gemsbok in the Free State the terrain opens up to large open plains and even mountainous areas. This is where the skill of the hunter is tested with regards to marksmanship.
We can and do hunt gemsbok from January to December.
South African hunting safari packages 2019