They were originally gemsbok from the deserts of Africa and transplanted onto White Sands Missile Range in south central New Mexico in the 1960’s.

They are especially adapted to desert life and can go a long time without drinking water. Post to Facebook. The hunts listed below have been established for New Mexico resident veterans who have served on active military duty in Iraq or Afghanistan (see Oryx Hunts for Iraq-Afghanistan Returnees, page 20). The Oryx is a large African antelope that now lives in southern New Mexico. Similar to Africa, the Tularosa Basin has a large predator, the native mountain lion, that was expected to prey on oryx and help maintain a localized and healthy population— hopefully of about 600 animals. The Best in Guided Oryx Hunting: Since the 1960s this free range population of oryx has been growing and gaining popularity in New Mexico. This animal was introduced onto White Sands Missile Range in the late 1960's by the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish (NMDGF). In Africa, they eat grasses, forbs, and melons.

The first oryx were brought to the state in 1962 by Dr. Hibben and placed in the Albuquerque zoo. Last year I drew a once in a life time tag to hunt oryx on White Sands Missel Range. Cancel Send.

It too is now well established and has expanded its range. Join the Conversation. Roger was one of the original six outfitters in the state and nobody has guided for more Oryx in North America. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish wanted to establish a huntable animal population in an area where there were not currently huntable numbers of big game. In 1969 the New Mexico State Department of Game and Fish decided to introduce Oryx to the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico. The African Barbary sheep was introduced on land near Picacho, New Mexico. The East African oryx is an endangered species, whereas the gemsbok is not. The ibex also, thus far, have remained within the confines of their original release area in the Florida Mountains near Deming, New Mexico. The Oryx gazelle is a large African Antelope introduced into New Mexico in areas that was low or no huntable Big game. Since then, the New Mexico oryx population has grown to approximately 6000 animals on and off the range. Oryx quickly invaded adjacent White Sands National Monument, requiring the construction of a landscape jarring fence, and a continuing program of removing the exotic from the national monument. The New Mexico Oryx is on the Wetherby list and nearly all recent Weatherby winners have hunted with them.

In the 1970’s the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish introduced the Oryx onto the White Sands Missile Range in order to open up a new hunting opportunity for the residents of New Mexico. This New Mexico Oryx hunt is a Hosted Hunts Exclusive and it may be one of the best kept secrets in all of North American hunting. The species to be hunted is the New Mexico Oryx. The success of the oryx in New Mexico is due in part to the abundance of food. Between 1969 and 1977, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in the US intentionally released 93 gemsbok into its state's White Sands Missile Range and that population is now estimated between 3,000 and 6,000 animals. Like the oryx, the ibex were brought to New Mexico for the pleasure of domestic big-game hunters. Posted!

The population numbers are well managed by the White Sands Missile Base and New Mexico Game and Fish. Introductions of exotic species can benefit certain publics but can also have many unanticipated consequences. No more than two persons may apply on each application. Oryx are not native to this area and have proliferated in their new habitat. Some observers estimate the current oryx population at 5,000 or more, and animals have been spotted from 60 miles south of Albuquerque all the … A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.