Originally Posted by eddybo
I drew one of the once in a lifetime oryx hunts in August. Any special items I need to pack or any thing to keep in mind. I know several that visit this forum have made this hunt, is there anything you wish you had known before hand that you didnt expect?
I think this would be a good time to try out a 338AM...what you say Kirby? Are you going to send one out to MS in time for this hunt? (As usual...this is Paul Guy....I know you cant keep up with everyones online names)
You will have a blast ! Two day hunt ? Ours was and they fly by . We went in Sept. and it snowed in the surrounding mountains and was quite cold first part of day then you would be in shirt sleeves by noon .
The military game wardens and the state game wardens were very helpful and friendly but the base has some strict rules . No cameras on base for one thing . You have to take a pic of your trophy offbase . If caught in violation of any of the rules you are immediately escorted offbase and there may be fines on top of that . The base is literally swarming with " observers " during the hunt . They are armed with some sophisticated high power optics as well .
The problem with a really long shot is that the mirage makes it very difficult to judge a trophy . Keep in mind that some cows will have some really nice horns as well . The older bulls were in small groups apart from the cows and calves . As many as 6 or 7 together .
I watched many groups of hunters attempt to sneak on the oryx . Didn't happen , these are essentially plains animals and their eyesight and vigilance is top drawer . Once pressured they put their heads down and gallop off , for miles literally ! We followed one large group for 22 miles on the first day . Jockeying for a shot we were busted time and again . Thats their game and its not the one to play .
Give me call at 501 -448- 9150 and I can share a ton of things we learned on our hunt . I will be home by 7pm Arkansas time most evenings . One thing is that if you take a wheeler you will need to attend a sanctioned 4 wheeler instructional course to be able to use it in New Mexico . You can use the wheeler to retrieve the oryx but cant hunt off it . Without a wheeler we couldnt have gotten our animal out . Even after field dressing it we couldnt load it on the wheeler without using ratchet straps in a tedious fashion . Dragging it was out of the question as the dang thing still weighed more than three of put together . Not to mention all the washes with vertical walls that lay between us and the truck . That brings up another thing , you cant go cross country in your vehicle . Must use the roads which consist of asphalt , gravel and two tracks .
Good hunting , its a fun trip !