Scimitar horned oryx

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by 1wildcatfan, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    These are now extinct in the wilds of their native area of northern Africa. Just a few years ago there were 75,000+ in Texas with some being transplanted back to private land in Northern Africa. When PETA filed lawsuits to stop hunting them in Texas, the ranchers started selling the heck out of the hunts so they wouldn't "get stuck" with inventory. The oryx numbers dropped to 13,000 before PETA realized they were doing more harm than good. Something changed as the numbers of oryx are building back up in Texas. My son, Sam, chased this one in a HIGH FENCE RANCH for 3 1/2 days. He and his guide walked 9 miles Fri, 13 miles Sat, 9 miles Sunday. Brush country in Tx means you can't see 30 yds into the brush. Several times close to a shot but the oryx wouldn't be still for long. Got a rush shot at dark on Sunday, not a fatal shot. Got two catahoula dogs on the trail for three hours with no luck. Sam had a sleepless night Sunday night. Monday, daylight at 7, they took the high rack truck to the last area the oryx was headed. After two hours of glassing they got on it and after several shots the oryx was down.
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  2. muddhunter

    muddhunter 12 pointer

    Oct 18, 2005
    I love Texas. Trying to get back down there in March before it gets too blazing hot. Congratulations to your son. That will make a fine mount. Hope you have room for it!
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  3. pentail

    pentail Bacon Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2002
    Savoring the smoke
    We saw some at White Sands. Cool animals for sure
  4. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    I cant wait to try the meat. Everyone says it's outstanding.
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  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    I think those are Gemsbok, south African oryx. My elk guide out there was drawn for that once in a lifetime hunt (on range). There are off range hunts also, hard to draw. Shot his two days after my wife returned from her lion hunt.
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  6. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

    Jan 25, 2006
    The Occupied South
    Horny SOBs ain't they?
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  7. carnivore

    carnivore 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2007
    A shed might make a slick looking walking stick?
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  8. HuntressOfLight

    HuntressOfLight 8 pointer

    Nov 23, 2019
    "...transplanted..." lol

    Interesting read and great photographs. Although I have seen photographs of them, I did not know what they were called. I think they are very pretty.

    After reading a Tampa Florida newspaper article about them, saying that they can only be found in captivity, I became a bit confused, causing me to locate the following, which seems to be rather informative. It mentions that oryx remain in Africa, but I guess those are species other than the one within your photographs?

    I met a guy from Africa when last here, as he was detailing one of my vehicles, and we began talking about the various wildlife located there. If some of the oryx are relocated there, I wonder whether such would be successful, based upon things in which he had relayed to me.
  9. aaronc

    aaronc 10 pointer

    Jul 21, 2009
    Cool critters.
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  10. HuntressOfLight

    HuntressOfLight 8 pointer

    Nov 23, 2019
    It is pretty amazing they can smell rainfall 50 miles away
  11. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

    Nov 21, 2006
    Fisherville, KY
    congrats to your son !!
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  12. RLWEBB

    RLWEBB 12 pointer

    Nov 30, 2005
    Staffordsville, KY
    Congrats to your son 1wildcatfan! Beautiful animal. Let us know how it tastes. Just beautiful.
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  13. Drahts

    Drahts 12 pointer

    Apr 7, 2015
    Congrats to Sam! One of my Bucket list hunts for me.
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