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Gemsbuck has become a very popular trophy. It is a very tough animal, and the hunt will be challenging. Ensure that your first shot is a good one, as one small mistake could cause a good day’s hike. Here is a little more information about this beautiful animal:
The Gemsbuck is a large antelope that is native to the Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa. Gemsbuck are light brown/grey colour with lighter patches to the bottom rear of their rump, and sandy grey flanks. A dark stripe extends from their chin and travels down to the bottom of their neck, over their shoulder joints and leg along their lower flanks and on each side of their rear legs. All four legs are black on their top half, with white below the knees and black patches on the shins. Both male and female gemsbok has long, sharp, pointed horns. The cow’s horns tend to curve slightly backward, while the bull’s horns are thicker and straighter. The cow’s horns tend to be longer than those of the bull.
They are herbivores and grazers and mostly feed on nutritious leaves, grasses and herbs. A native of the Kalahari, it can go without surface water for months, absorbing moisture from what it eats. To supplement water requirements gemsbok dig for succulents and extensively eat tsama melons.
Gemsbuck do not have a specific breeding season. A single calf can be born at any time of the year after a gestation period of 9 months.
Preferred habitat is arid open grasslands, but they will also utilize a diversity of habitats like western Namib rocky areas, sand dunes of the Namib Desert and the Kalahari semi-desert plains. Gemsbuck inhabits the open country and can survive in the harshest of conditions.
You will requires a good pair of boots when hunting Gemsbuck, as you will most probably have to cover a lot of land. Because the Gemsbuck prefers open grasslands, one of the flat shooting rifle and scope combinations will be required. Gemsbuck are always alert and has excellent eyesight, hearing, and smell. Your approach will have to be carefully planned. They are tough antelope. The .270 caliber should be considered the minimum. The 7mm and 30 caliber Magnums would be better choices in this case.