As long as it's a free range hunt, I would be happy with those. I have a friend out here that did the New Mexico Oryx hunt this year and got a nice bull. He's a beauty, and my buddy said the meat was awesome. Very expensive in terms of tags, but it's worth it for a once in a lifetime hunt!
I looked into the Oryx hunt one time and forget what the tag cost, but I believe it is cheaper than a trip to Africa. This thread got me to thinking about the Oryx in New Mexico. The NM wildlife and game released the Oryx in the 70's to increase hunting opportunities. Was this a good idea?
While I can see some arguments against it, I think overall it was a good idea, but is there a limit to when and where it should be done?
After hunting them in Africa I have to defeinitely go with the Oryx gazelle. They are just amazingly hardy. The vitality is incredible. Unfortunately I never got to taste one. The deal on the land where I bagged my oryx was that the meat went to the land owner for sale in the local butcher shop.
I was going to ask my guide to buy some for us (I would have paid for it of course) when I saw the local butcher shop help literally spraying insecticide on the meat to keep the flies off it!
That ended any interest I had in buying ANYTHINg from that butcher shop!
If I could bag a gemsbok in the US and process the meat myself that would be jsut about ideal.
What is the cost of the tags if you don't mind my asking? Is it safe to assume that they are issued with some sort of lottery drawing as well? i can't imagine that there would be enough free ranging gemsbok in New Mexico for an over the counter tag to be available.
1 in 20 (5% chance) is a pretty good rate of success compared to some other limited draw tags. The moose permits I'm putting in for only have about half that success rate. Either one is still waaay better odds than playing state Lottery tickets! Good luck!
I enjoyed my Oryx hunt. i have done it 3 times and enjoyed it every time. I all so like to hunt Barbary Sheep in south New Mexico. The Hunt i really want to go on is Ibex in Southern New Mexico Down my Deming.
A gemsbok is a spectacular animal to hunt. If the ones stateside are anything like those in Africa, they are one tough animal. They do not go down easily and don't just stand around waiting for you to slip up and shoot them.
As far as eating them, I would rank them right up on top. I've eaten lots of buffalo, elk, moose, caribou and a plethora of deer and antelope, and I found the Oryx to be as good as or better than any of them. It is the staple meat where I hunted in Africa and I got to eat some almost every day I was there. I had it in just about every manner you can think of and it was delicious every time.
When you consider the great time you'll have hunting it, the incredible trophy mount you will get and the fabulous meat you'll end up with, it's a bargain at $1600+. Go for it. Don't delay. And then post pictures on this site so we can all see it.
I took a gold medal bull and was as happy as I could be. It was one of my top animals to harvest in Africa and I was fortunate to take him on my first day out. My hunting partners were not nearly so fortunate.
As far as an exotic I'd like to get, I am eyeing the blackbucks down in Texas.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.