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Author Topic: oryx  (Read 337 times)

Offline yari

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oryx
« on: February 05, 2016, 06:29:00 PM »
has anyone done an oryx hunt? they are from Africa and look like a sable. a client just got back from NM. he said there are plenty down there. 3-5 year draw for management hunts and almost 100% success. kind of a cool looking animal. sounds like some long-range shooting. 400-500 yards is common

anyone know anyone or done this hunt? how was the meat?

another thing that caught my attention was a January warm weather hunt. nothing wrong w/ that after 3 months of cold weather hunting
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Re: oryx
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2016, 07:00:55 PM »
I saw this and sent a text to a friend of mine in Elkins NM. I asked him about the meat and size here's his reply:

"IMO, it is the best of the readily available game species. Here in New Mexico, when someone you know gets an oryx tag, they have a lot of volunteers who want to go along and help in order to be rewarded with some of the meat. Finer in texture than Whitetail or Axis deer. Taste is milder than Elk. Best grilled to medium rare to just core warmed.
 
Depending on where you hit it and what you shoot it with, you should end up with between 60 and 100 lbs of boned out meat. However, I know a couple of hard core cutters who claim that they can get up to 120 lbs from a mature bull. These are the guys that hang around the check stations and "help out" those out of state hunters who want to fly home with just the horns and the cape.

The top of the range for nose to base of the tail is about 6.5 ft (stretched out flat in a straight line). Although weights for bulls (the southern oryx, which is the one we have in New Mexico) are commonly listed as 395-495 lbs, it is very unusual to find one here that weighs in excess of 400 lbs live weight. Perhaps those that live in zoos here in the U.S. could make the upper limit, but the ones that live on White Sands or the Jornada del Muerto do not, in my experience."

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Re: oryx
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2016, 10:45:56 AM »
great info dutch. I figured there would be more meat. but then again I was told they were 400 lbs. could be a fun winter get away
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Re: oryx
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2017, 03:07:19 AM »
Dutch and Yari - Great info Dutch thanks a bunch....Got most of what I was going after on my two Safaris, but the Oryx was the one I did not get a chance to take....I have been studying the Oryx in New Mexico for years and years....cannot get any outfitter to return my call(s). That Oryx is the most beautiful game animal in the world if you ask me....but the out of state license fee is staggering...what about $1700...just for the tag...ouch....

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