Hunting Oryx in Namibia


Oryx or Gemsbok as they are known in Namibia, are hunted in the drier parts of Namibia.

Hunting Oryx in Namibia is hunting for one of the best looking African antelope species. With the striking white facial markings and extreme javelin like horns Oryx are one of the more easily recognizable antelope species in Africa.

The giant Oryx or Gemsbok, as he is more commonly known, is a magnificent animal. He inhabits the open country and can survive in the harshest of conditions. A native of the Kalahari, he can go without surface water for months, absorbing moisture from what he eats. A social herd animal, he is primarily a grazer but will occasionally browse if necessary.

With both Oryx bulls and Oryx cows sporting these horns that can be described as weapons, great care should be taken when approaching a wounded Oryx. At times it can be extremely difficult to sex these animals as older Oryx cows develop thick base horns making an educated guess quite difficult. Before a hunt commences the hunter should decide whether he / she would prefer harvesting a Oryx bull or a Oryx cow. On average the only difference between the two (apart from the obvious) would be that Oryx bulls have thicker, shorter horns while Oryx cows have thinner longer horns.

Hunting Oryx in Namibia with us is a plains game hunting experience to look forward to. Our Oryx hunting opportunities are not limited to a single area as we have a variety of areas where Oryx hunts can be booked. Oryx are also more commenly known as Gemsbok.

Hunting Oryx can be very difficult, so it is necessary to have the best caliber on hand. We recommend that you consider purchasing a medium bore rifle to hunt Gemsbok. It is recommended that you try out the rifle before you buy it as you need to be able to shoot it accurately and comfortably. You can also use a 500 Jeffrey rifle or 416 Rigby to hunt Gemsbok. Other recommended calibers include the following: 7 mm Rem Mag, 270, 308, 300 WSM, 7 X 57, and 300 Win Mag.

Make sure you purchase premium grade ammunition for your caliber. Oryx are very hardy creatures, so premium grade ammunition could make the difference between going home empty-handed or returning home with a trophy you can be proud of.

Different game should be hunted at different shooting distances. When hunting Gemsbok in Namibia, you should shoot at a distance of 60 to 180 yards. Of course, the shooting distance will vary depending on the terrain you are hunting for Gemsbok in.

Oryx hunting areas tend to have an abundance of bush during the spring and summer months. In the fall and winter months, the bush recedes quickly. The best time to hunt for Gemsbok is typically from late April to early October.

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