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Texas Scimitar Horned Oryx Hunts

Wildlife Systems, Inc.

 

Exotic Hunting in Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Deasey

H. Yturria Ranch Scimitar Horned Oryx

 

 

Scimitar-Horned Oryx

 

About The Animal

 

Wildlife Systems is fortunate to be able to offer exceptional hunting opportunities for scimitar-horned oryx, which were once widespread across northern Africa. Their decline began because of climate change during the Neolithic period, and later they were hunted extensively for meat and horns. Largely, poaching took a huge toll on scimitars in their native rangelands and today they are bred in captivity in special reserves in Tunisia, Morocco, and Senegal and on private exotic animal ranches in Texas.

Scimitar-horned oryx are beautiful animals, mostly white with reddish brown necks and marks on the face and a long, dark, tufted tail. The white coat helps reflect the heat of the desert. Their black skin protects against sunburn while enlarged hooves enable the oryx to walk easily on sand. Dense eyelashes and strong eyelids protect against windblown sand. Both males and females have long, ridged, sharp-tipped and curved backwards horns that grow to be several feet long, each sex making beautiful trophies. Scimitar-horned oryx have an interesting way of coping with a shortage of water. They are able to tolerate a rise in body temperature, which means oryx do not need to sweat as much, which in turn conserves water. This adaptive hyperthermia allows them to dissipate excess heat at night when their body temperatures can drop below normal. In addition to this physiological adaptation to hot and arid environments, they can go for long periods without drinking water. Adults will often weigh from 250 – 400 pounds on the hoof, and there is very little difference in body and horn size between the males and females.

 

Hunt Packages

 

Our oryx 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, 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. The scimitars are found on the Punta del Monte Division which encompasses approximately 12,000 acres. The oryx herd on this property is one of the largest herds in the state, containing over 250 animals. This is undoubtedly one of the finest scimitar horned oryx hunts on the planet, with most of the animals that we take being in the 38” – 42” range.

 

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 sun screen and bug spray. Regarding size of gun, we recommend a minimum of a 150 grain bullet on these animals, and a 180+ grain is even better. 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 it’s mass, such as a partition, A-frame, or bonded bullet.

 

Travel

 

The nearest airport is Harlingen, if you are hunting the Yturria Ranch and that property is located about 7 miles north of Raymondville. We can provide CONDITIONAL airport shuttle from Harlingen 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.

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