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Gemsbok or Oryx        Oryx gazella gazella        Gemsbok

Well known amongst hunters the world over, and rightly so, the beautiful Gemsbok will enhance any trophy room.

The interesting face markings and the long javelin-like horns will definitely cause visitors inAlthough they live in arid regions, gemsbok can be taken at watering holes. your den to pause and comment.

Gemsbok stand about 4 feet at the shoulder, weigh 500 pounds or so, and reach a length of 7 1/2 feet.

They are tough and are capable of absorbing more foot-pounds of energy than one would expect.  A gemsbok can render surprising resistance when cornered and is definitely not an animal to be taken lightly.  It is capable of inflicting serious wounds and even lions are wary of its horns.

Both sexes carry horns with cows' horns being longer than the bulls'.  The cows are generally larger of body as well.

Eyesight, hearing and smell are all sensitive, making approach fairly difficult.

Shooting distance is seldom under 100 yards.

Recommended Calibers:

Gemsbok have been taken with .270 Winchester class calibers, but a .300 Win. Mag. is preferable.

Trophy Qualification Minimums:

Rowland Ward - 40  S.C.I. - 88

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