Bow hunting gemsbok South Africa with Mkulu African Hunting Safaris

Bow hunting gemsbok South Africa

Bow hunting gemsbok South Africa behavior

Bow hunting gemsbok South Africa is one of the ultimate trophies to harvest when bow hunting plains game in South Africa.

Gemsbok are also known as oryx. The word oryx is mainly used by European hunters but refers entirely to the same animal. Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) should not be confused with Scimitar oryx (Oryx dammah) or with the Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx).

Gemsbok are gregarious animals that prefer to remain in a herd. Solitary bulls guard their territory and fight to maintain the breeding rights in their area.

Gemsbok have successfully been introduced to a number of areas in southern Africa but do best in the far North Western parts of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Gemsbok distribution

Interestingly no gemsbok occur in the Kruger National Park as this is not their native areas.

Gemsbok are larger than most antelope species and become very weary of hunters in bushveld regions. In the open plains regions of the Free State they adapt well. It can become very difficult to hunt these majestic animals even with a rifle in open plains areas.

Gemsbok bulls and cows wield a sharp set of horns. In the event of a wounded gemsbok great care must be taken when approaching it. Make sure the animal has expired before the final approach to admire your fine gemsbok trophy.

Good luck on your bow hunting gemsbok South Africa trip!

Information on bow hunting gemsbok / oryx South Africa

Gemsbok bow hunting prices

The gemsbok bow hunting prices South Africa for 2020 is $ 1 650.

Draw weight

The recommended draw weight for bow hunting gemsbok in South Africa is any increment greater than minimum draw mass. Any draw weight equal to or greater than 55 lb is recommended for bow hunting gemsbok.

Kinetic energy (KE)

The minimum kinetic energy (KE) required for bow hunting gemsbok is 60 ft / lb

Arrow Info

A minimum arrow velocity of 245 fps is suggested for bow hunting gemsbok in South Africa.

A minimum arrow weight of 450 grains (gr) is suggested for bow hunting gemsbok in Africa.

Average shooting distance

Average shooting distance when bow hunting gemsbok in South Africa from our bow hunting blinds are seldom further away than 19 to 23 yards from your trophy gemsbok.

Broad heads

Suggested broad heads for bow hunting gemsbok in South Africa would be a minimum of 100 grains (gr) to 125 grains (gr)

A cut on contact fixed 3-blade broad head, Rage II mechanical broad head, and a fixed blade 2-blade broad head with bleeders will yield the desired results. You decide which brand broad head you would like to use when bow hunting gemsbok.

Broad head bow hunting gemsbok
Gemsbok draw weight
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Shot placement when bow hunting gemsbok South Africa

Broadside shot

Gemsbok have a rather large area covering the vital organs for adequate shot placement.

Place the shot right behind the shoulder of the gemsbok in line with the front leg, one third of the way up from the bottom of the chest to the top of the back.

This shot should result in a high heart / lung shot leading to the gemsbok expiring in the least amount of time.

Quartering to shot

On a quartering to shot it is recommended to place the arrow midway between the angle formed by the front legs, approximately where the neck joins the brisket. These shots are mostly risky and should only be attempted by experienced bow hunters using bows with a draw weight in excess of 80 lb.

Quartering away shot

On a quartering away shot care should be taken not to attempt to have the arrow penetrate through too much stomach content. Place the arrow in a spot bisecting the angle formed by the front legs into a position one third of the way up from the bottom of the brisket to the top of the back.

Shot placement diagram bow hunting gemsbok South Africa

Tips for bow hunting gemsbok South Africa

The following tips for bow hunting gemsbok are done from the perspective of still hunting from a blind.

Gemsbok usually come in to water during the mid-mornings anywhere from about 9 am – 11 am and then for a second round from about 3 pm onwards till dusk at about 5:30 pm during our winter months.

Gemsbok come to water cautiously and are weary the whole time until the first gemsbok starts feeling at ease. Gemsbok will often stand some distance away from the water and approach a few steps at a time. Gemsbok will use their very sharp horns to defend themselves and even prevent other animals from approaching a feeding trough. These are one of the 10 most popular animals to bow hunt in South Africa.

Best time of year for bow hunting gemsbok South Africa

The gemsbok rut starts roughly after the fourth week of April (can differ slightly according to different regions and from year-to-year) and lasts until about June.

During or after September the bulls form bachelor herds and even may become solitary. We suggest the best time of year for bow hunting gemsbok in South Africa would be between May and October lasting from the start of the gemsbok rut to almost the end of the dry season.

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