lifetime hunt-Oryx on White Sands missile range

dxlbaile

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I've shot them both places and it is fun either way... They taste the same there and here.. This thread isn't about attempting to eat an entire Oryx... Just about getting this guy prepared..
 

Dean2

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You can't eat 200 lbs of meat while in Africa.
Your impliocation is that since you can't eat it all or bring it home somehow the meat goes to waste. If you have hunted Africa you know darn well that isn't true. In SA the meat gets sold to butcher shops for very good prices, part of the reason hunting is quite cheap. In other parts of Africa, the meat does to local people and is a huge reason there is game to hunt. Between the revenue the hunters bring in and the meat the locals have a strong incentive not to wipe out wild game that compete for feed, or just for the food value.

Exactly why would you try to derail what has been a great thread so far, especially since this hunt is in the States where he can recover all of the meat. You anti hunting or something?
 

the blur

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Your impliocation is that since you can't eat it all or bring it home somehow the meat goes to waste. If you have hunted Africa you know darn well that isn't true. In SA the meat gets sold to butcher shops for very good prices, part of the reason hunting is quite cheap. In other parts of Africa, the meat does to local people and is a huge reason there is game to hunt. Between the revenue the hunters bring in and the meat the locals have a strong incentive not to wipe out wild game that compete for feed, or just for the food value.

Exactly why would you try to derail what has been a great thread so far, especially since this hunt is in the States where he can recover all of the meat. You anti hunting or something?
That's YOUR implication, not mine !! My implication is to hunt for myself, not others.
 

the blur

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I have no problem. My enjoyment from hunting is using my BBQ 5 times a week. I can't do that if I hunt in Africa.
 

the blur

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I don't care, I just made a point. Not everyone knows you can't ship meat home from Africa.
 

LRSNM

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The advice u have gotten is spot on in my eyes. Last time I was on Rhodes was 10 years ago. You have already done more in prep work than most folks. U will eventually be getting an email from Gilbert, hunt coordinator, with maps, pics, how to ID cows vs bulls etc. There are rules on taking pics on the range for national security reasons. The pics attached are "legal" ones of Rhodes to give u a good idea of the terrain. One has a bedded Oryx, look for the horns and then one w it standing. Good on ya for practicing realistic hunting positions. I've used the same tripod u mentioned and it will serve you well on this hunt. I'd recommend painting the oryx's black stripe on your targets u made to get your eyes trained where to put the cross hairs.
 

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wildcat westerner

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Hello fellow hunters , thank you Len for your interjection. Thank you much more LRSNM for these images and that timely tip on using the top of that stripe for vertical location of the top of the heart. The images exposed me to a more lush grassland than I thought I would see on this supposed desert area. Altogether the spirit of giving of my fellow hunters and support for this hunt has been so positive I really and truly appreciate it. Thank you Mr. Backups for creating this site, because I know of no other truly like it.

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Korhil78

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I have been on two hunts on the WSMR. It is a lot of fun but you will find that at first it gets a little crazy. You will have a meeting and sign in on the first day. When that meeting is over, you will see people running to their trucks like they are hunting for the last Oryx on the planet. Just let all of those people clear out and then you can be on your way. You will see a ton of Oryx on the once in a lifetime hunt because it is on the Missile Range.

The hunt is a lot of fun but you will spend most of your time glassing from your truck. The only time you will really be out and about is when you glass one that you want to put a stalk on. Just bring food, snacks and a lot of liquids. Bring a friend too as it will be a more enjoyable hunt. There will be Game Wardens out and about so make sure that you are doing things right. They can watch you from a long ways off. Saw someone get in trouble using their truck as a rifle rest when they shot their Oryx.
 

nickjandrews

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I haven't seen anyone mention this, but one way to tell a bull from a cow (other than a cow has thinner horns and are often "bent") is to look at the space between the horns - if you can "fit" another horn in between that gap, it is a cow. If you can't, it is a bull. I have shot over a dozen of these in Africa; they do make a spectacular mount. And they are tasty.
My old taxidermist in Las Cruces (Mr Davis, almost surely gone by now) wouldn't work on the ones from Africa. Said the skins are too thin and a real PITA. This guy was an artist with over 50 years of experience and awards for his mounts. He did a great mountain lion full body mount, had her laying on a tree branch curved out from the wall and back in with the tail hanging down.

Oh, and the ones in NM are having twins too, something apparently very rare in Africa/Asia animals. Also, the cows will loook fat compared to the bulls, as they are almost always pregnant. It really doesn't matter, they make great mounts.
 
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