The giant Oryx or Gemsbok is a magnificent animal. He inhabits the open country and can survive in the harshest of conditions. The Kudu is native to the Kalahari and can go without water for months at a time, absorbing moisture from his food supply. A social herd animal, he is primarily a grazer but will occasionally browse if necessary.
For a hunter on safari to Namibia, hunting Oryx is a given. If you don't, it is sort of like going to Sydney Australia and not looking at the Opera house. They are iconic to the Namibian landscape, and possess one of the most beautiful hides to be found on the African continent. I have heard it being said, that when God painted the Gemsbok, he took His time.
Gemsbok are known to be as tough as nails and are able to adapt to a variety of vegetation, ranging from sand dune desert to grassland savanna. Both males and females have horns, with bulls generally sporting thicker and slightly shorter horns than the females. Discerning between the two genders can be very difficult with this specie. The horns on these animals are formidable weapons and as such a Gemsbok should be considered alive until you are positive it is dead.
Hunting Oryx can be very difficult, so it is necessary to have the best caliber on hand. 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. Other recommended calibers include the following: 7 mm Rem Mag, 270, 308, 300 WSM, 7 X 57, and 338 Win Mag.
Different game should be hunted at different shooting distances. When hunting Gemsbok, 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 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.