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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2009, 11:44:15 AM »
Here is an Oryx.  (also known as a Gemsbok).

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2009, 12:52:43 PM »
Congratulations for getting the draw!  I use to live in Las Cruces and we would see the Gemsbok along the road on the way to the White Sands National Monument or to the Lincoln National forest for Turkey season.  They are beautiful animals and make a stunning mount.

If you are looking for a taxidermist, make sure you get one who knows how to do African game.  There are differences between African animals and North American ones so just because someone can do great whitetails, does not mean that they will be able to get an African animal right.  Don't go cheap on a mount when you get a once in a lifetime draw.

I am having mine done by Jerry Huffaker in Abilene Texas.  He does great work.  I'll have my mounts in the next 6-8 weeks and I'll post some photos when they arrive.
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Another taxidermist who does great work is Artistry of Wildlife.
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Make your taxidermy decision before you go so you know what to do with the hide when you shoot it.  Most of the taxidermist will provide you with shipping directions as well as care instructions.

Best to know how you want it mounted prior to caping it out too.  Gemsbok make a fantastic pedestal mount.  If you go that route you will want to cape out mid body rather than at the shoulders to allow for the extra skin needed for the form.
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2009, 08:02:52 PM »
I've hunted gemsbok in Africa, and I can tell you it's a great hunt. Watch the shot placement, the thickness of the neck tends to make you want to shoot low. PM me and I can tell you who did my African mounts, close by real good work at a reasonable cost.

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2009, 09:19:19 PM »
Thanks for the great info guys, it gonna be a long 10 month wait.  This pose would be sweet!!
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #29 on: April 08, 2009, 08:38:06 AM »
No kidding on shot placement.  Once you screw up that first shot, you very likely will be in for several follow up shots.  African animals are tough, thick skinned, big, and have amazing endurance.

I placed a really lousy shot on my Gemsbok and had to follow it up with 7 more shots.  Granted, two were misses, but 3 were center of mass at 30 yards.  From a .338!  That bull took 6 bullets total before he was down and out.  Raised my average shots per animal up to 2.11 too.  It would have been at 1.333 had I dropped him with that first shot.  Grrr

A couple of you could go in together and go with a mount like the one below.  you could rotate it like a bowling trophy...



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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #30 on: April 08, 2009, 08:45:53 AM »
Sorry, had one more thought...

I found the gemsbok to be perhaps the most difficult to judge trophy size on.  So hopefully the MP's or whoever guides you will be a good judge.

Both Bulls and Cows have horns.  Cows horns are much longer than the Bulls, but they are thinner.  Bulls horns are shorter, but have a lot more mass.  Both make stunning mounts and I was torn between shooting a cow or a bull.

When looking at them from a distance, it is really hard to tell length with the way those horns go straight back.  About the only way I could come close to judging a trophy, or tell a bull from a cow, was to look at thickness and length when compared to the rest of the herd.  Also try looking at horn length relative to the body length, but that of course does not always work when you are looking at a smaller bodied animal...

I'm jealous!  You guys will have a great hunt!
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #31 on: April 08, 2009, 06:12:50 PM »
Thanks for the help Rob.
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2009, 08:13:19 AM »
African animals vitals are farther forward then ours. You simply need to shoot strait up the front leg lower third of the body.(heart shot) That is from the African Perfect Shot Manual. Just remember not in the crease behind the front shoulder but strait up the front leg. That is where I arrowed my Bull at 34 yards and he ran about 70!!! A complete pass though using a 100gr Silver Flame!!!  ;)
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #33 on: April 09, 2009, 11:59:43 AM »
That is a beautiful animal, and a great photo.

Bull, right?  How long did he go?  What country?

Nice Kudu in your Avitar as well.
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2009, 12:17:01 PM »
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2009, 06:20:19 PM »
I took my Bull in R.S.A. He was 34". I only saw one more Bull about this size the rest were smaller. The other guy in my camp took a 32". They are VERY hard to judge. You see a herd of Gemsbok and they all look like their horns are 3 feet tall!!! If you are trying to harvest a Bull it is even more difficult!!!

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #36 on: April 10, 2009, 08:32:30 AM »
That is a nice bull.

All four of us took one on our hunt.  Mine was the smallest at 31.5.  My buddies was 32.5, and his Dad's was 32.  My Dad got the big one on our trip taking a 35 incher.  It is funny when you look at them though, mine looks bigger because the horns are close together.  his looks smaller but the are splayed out and are nearly 4 inches longer!  Mine did not make SCI minimums, but the other three went Bronze.

See what I mean in these photos?  I think mine looks the same size or maybe a bit bigger, but in reality his is significantly larger.
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #37 on: May 12, 2009, 11:45:23 AM »
Sorry to revive this thread, but I thought it better than starting a new one.

For any of you folks who drew the NM Oryx hunt, There is an article in latest issue of The Safari Club Magazine that might be of interest.

He was doing a badge hunt (meaning he had to know someone stationed on the base to hunt the land) and had a pretty challenging hunt.
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2009, 12:08:56 PM »
I just watched a hunting show last night where somebody shot one down there in New Mexico.  Looked like there is quite a few of them runnin around there!!
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #39 on: May 29, 2009, 12:15:03 AM »
New Mexico has done well for themselves by investing in these game animals (along with Barbary Sheep in the plains and Persian Ibex in the Florida Mountains) over the last half century. I spent some time there last year and am really impressed with the quality of animals I've seen. Unfortunately I didn't read the fine print in the regs that the app deadline for Oryx is a month before the general hunt  :bash:

They say that oryx is a darned tasty meal. Lots of 'em in that range, too. You're correct, testar: most hunters have no problem tagging out in a day or two.

I am headed to New Mexico this weekend for some coyote and feral hog hunting.

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!!
« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2010, 08:15:40 PM »
I just got back from New Mexico.  Here is a pic of my Oryx.  She was the number two cow for the hunt and my dad killed the number one bull for the hunt.  Thanks to everyone who had sent me info throughout the year.
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2010, 09:43:16 PM »
Very nice Oryx Bearmartin!  It sure was worth the wait wasnt it.  Way to go she must be pushing 39" huh?
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2010, 10:12:48 PM »
Congrats on the nice Oryx!!




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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2010, 07:27:53 AM »
Nice work Mr. Martin. Looks like you and your dad had a successful trip.

Is that three for Hunt-Wa members this year?

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2010, 08:02:14 AM »
outstanding!  How long are those horns?
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2010, 08:33:25 AM »
very nice

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #46 on: March 02, 2010, 05:20:43 PM »
nice job!  i saw a picture of your dad's bull the other day.  you should see if he will let you put a pic of it on here.  it's a dandy too.  your cow was a little over 38'' right?

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #47 on: March 02, 2010, 06:26:26 PM »
Great looking Oryx Bearmartin!  That is a dandy for sure.  Congrats!

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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2010, 09:25:37 AM »
That is a great looking oryx.  Rhodes Canyon did well for us locals this year.  Congratulations.
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Re: Rhodes Canyon Oryx!!! (new pic p3)
« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2010, 10:26:47 PM »
Thanks everyone.  Goodtime, pushing 39" as bearhunter asked is a little more accurate then "a little over 38".  :)
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