View Full Version : Has anyone hunted Oryx in New Mexico?
03-17-2009, 10:42 PM
I drew a tag for the Rhodes Canyon area of the white sands missle range and I am looking for advise from anyone that has been there before. I understand the rules are strict and that no cameras are allowed but I see lots of pictures of sucessful hunters, how does that work? The hunt is only 2 days but success runs high. I probally wont hire a guide due to economic reasons but if everyone tells me its critical I may have to dig up another coffee can from the back yard. Any advise would be great, Thanks
03-18-2009, 05:18 AM
Good for you, and welcome. I don't have any helpful info, but sure would like to see a successful hunting story from you when you get your Oryx!
03-18-2009, 06:10 AM
Good Luck and I would hire a guide. Remember they know the are and success rates should increase with a guide. Happy Hunting.
03-18-2009, 05:47 PM
Welcome, Not in the US but have hunted them in South Africa, Expect a long shot 300 yards is not out of the question and quite often the norm. There was a great article in Sports Afield not long ago you may want to find. (I think it was Sports Afield little help)
The Oryx in NM are not the same as the Oryx-gemsbok from southern Africa. You may want to do some checking but they look like Scimitar Horned Oryx from the North African Desert.
Congrats on your draw for Oryx, I wasn't so lucky this year. I did draw out last year and killed a nice bull. If memory serves me correctly you cannot use the services for a guide since the hunt is on military land.( I could be wrong). You should be getting some paperwork shorty that give you all the guidelines you will need. Good Luck.
03-18-2009, 08:41 PM
page 46 talks about the information letter you will be receiving? You are pretty much on your own from what i understand but you can bring help to recover the animal. They are a small Heavy package and tuff outer skin! They like to fight each other and it's not a very challenging hunt because the are not spooked!I was also under the impression that the game wardens were on site watching closely? It is up to around 600.00 bucks for in state hunter and that is including a White Sands GOV Fee! I have several friends that have done the Once In a lifetime & depredations hunts with success!
03-18-2009, 11:33 PM
I went on an oryx hunt last month with my buddy.(he was hunting). It was a lot of fun. He drew Stallion Range, which is just north of your hunt on Rhodes Canyon. You are correct about no cameras (they WILL search your vehicle), just leave it at the hotel, or in another vehicle outside the gate and haul your animal out in one piece. There were numerous game wardens (all very polite). They are there to administer this hunt for the military, said biggest violation is shooting from vehicle. My buddy killed his oryx by 2:30 on the first day. Shot him with a 7mag 160gr partion at 230 yds, put him right down. By then we had looked over 70-80 animals. Bring some good glass, because they are hard to judge from a mile out. We saw most animals in the flats and they are hunted a lot. If they see you at less than 700-800 yds they will move off. Plan your stalk and you will get one. Success rates run pretty high. Rhodes canyon is supposed to be better for trophy bulls. Another buddy drew Rhodes for Feb. next year and im going with him. Good luck.
03-19-2009, 12:36 AM
Thanks for the info. Everything I have read so far tells me this is a great hunt. I know I would be better off with a guide but I don't want to spend the money if it is a easy D.I.Y. hunt. Last year was my first time to apply out of state. I drew a once in a lifetime tag for moose in Idaho. I talked with 4 guys that had drawn the tag before, two had used a guide but thought it was not requiered for a successful hunt. I went on my own and killed a 42" bull on the third day of my hunt. I saw 14 moose total, 6 bulls. I am happy with my moose but wonder if I could have gotten a bigger one with a guide. I am sure a guide would have been a big help, I am just trying to weigh out the cost.
03-19-2009, 07:06 PM
I wouldn't hire a guide, use your money for a good taxidermist and to apply for other hunts. The main benefit for using a guide on this hunt is in field judging animals at long range. If you are satisfied with a 38-39" bull there is no problem. You can take up to 3 friends with you. Take them and use them to help spot. They allow giong off road to retrieve animals and some guys had an ATV in the back of their truck. Just make sure you have ALL registrations and proof of insurance. Have fun.
03-19-2009, 09:15 PM
I have hunted in Rhodes Canyon in 2004 for myself. Have also been on 2 previous hunts with friends. My hunting buddy's son was drawn for the first hunt in Rhodes Canyon in August. Over the years the Oryx have become pressured and do not stay in one place very long. On my hunt in 2004 the success rate was only 52%, which is low. It can be done very easily without a guide. Good binoculars are a must.
You will be sent an information packet of do's and don'ts. Follow those to the letter. On my hunt entering the gate 2 hunters were caught with alcohol in their vehicle, their permits were taken away and told to leave. They lost the chance to hunt and cannot apply again.
I live in Las Cruces only about 25 miles from the missile range. If you have any questions send me a personal note.
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