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Texas Gemsbok Antelope Hunts

Wildlife Systems, Inc.

 

Exotic Hunting in Texas

 

H. Yturria Ranch Gemsbok

Rick Garcia

 

Gemsbok

 

The Gemsbok is a large antelope of striking appearance with long, spear-like horns. It has a thick, horse-like neck with a short mane and a compact, muscular body. A defined pattern of black markings that contrast with the white face and fawn-colored body are prominently displayed in dominance rituals to emphasize the length of horns and strength of the shoulder. It is native to the arid regions of Southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert. Some authorities formerly included the East African oryx as a subspecies. The gemsbok is depicted on the coat of

arms of Namibia, where the current population of the species is estimated at 373,000 individuals. There is very little size difference between the males and females, with either sex weighing up to 450-500 pounds on the hoof and having horns that may measure 38”-42” in length.

 

Hunt Packages

 

Wildlife Systems’ gemsbok hunts are generally set up as a 2-3 day package. We charge a daily fee which includes meals, lodging, and guide. In addition to the daily fee, our hunters pay a kill fee which is a set amount and is not dictated by the size but is simply a flat kill fee. For more details on our exotic game fees, click on this link.

 

Location of Hunt

 

Most of these hunts take place on the historic H. Yturria Ranches, located near Raymondville and McAllen, Texas. These properties are steeped deep in South Texas History. Francisco Yturria was the patriarch of the Yturria Family who was a successful businessman in both South Texas and Mexico. Along with other prominent business people from the mid-1800 era, such as Richard King and Mifflin Kennedy, Yturria amassed tremendous land-holding in the Rio Grande Valley Region of South Texas. Today, descendants of Francisco Yturria continue to operate 3 divisions of H. Yturria Ranches. Our gemsbok are found on the La Joya Division which encompasses approximately 6,000 acres collectively. The gemsbok herd on these properties is one of the largest herds in the state, containing over 200 animals. This is a great hunt for an amazing animal.

 

Meat and Trophy Care

 

The meat from these animals is excellent eating. So, in addition to a great trophy, you’ll also end of with great table-fare. As part of the package, Wildlife Systems will quarter the meat. We have a walk-in cooler, as well as limited freezer space. On the trophies, our guide will fully cape the head and freeze the cape. You can either take the horns and cape back with you, or we can overnight ship the frozen cape, and you’ll be invoiced for the shipping charges along with a nominal service charge for our time on boxing and shipping. We do not ship meat.

 

Hunting License

 

For those hunters who are traveling in from out of state, Wildlife Systems can take care of processing your non-resident license. The cost is $48 and is “over the counter”. You’ll simply need to fill out the Hunter Profile that we will send to you and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

Gear and Guns

 

This is a warm part of the world, but it’s best to check the local weather forecast a few days prior to your departure and to pack accordingly. In addition to your regular hunting gear, you might want to bring some sunscreen and bug spray. Regarding size of gun, we recommend a minimum of a 180-grain bullet. Gemsbok are extremely hardy animals and are sturdy built with heavy muscle and bone structure, so we recommend a minimum caliber of a .300 mag. Please stay away from high expandable bullets such as Nosler Ballistic Tips, Berger bullets, and hollow points. We recommend a bullet that will expand but hold its mass, such as a partition, A-frame, or bonded bullet.

 

Travel

 

The nearest airport is McAllen, if you are hunting the La Joya Division of the Yturria Ranch, which is about 30 minutes away. We can provide CONDITIONAL airport shuttle from McAllen for an additional fee. Most hunters rent a vehicle and drive to the ranch where the guide meets them at the gate. For hunters who are driving from their home, our Wildlife Systems office staff will provide directions, as well as a contact phone number for the guide.

 

 

Gemsbok Exotic Hunting

Riley Finkelstein

2018 H. Yturria Ranch Gemsbok

Kyle Grant

2019 H. Yturria Ranch Gemsbok

Gemsbok Exotic Hunting