Between 1969-1977 a total of 95 oryx were released on White Sands Missile Range and the surrounding areas of southern, New Mexico. This area is primarily made up of flat desert, rolling hills and intermittent canyons and is covered with tall sage and mesquite. This relocation was all in the interest of providing additional hunting opportunities within New Mexico. Oryx, not only provide excellent hunting, they also make for truly great table fare. Today, Oryx around White Sands number into the thousands.
New Mexico now offers the opportunity to hunt this herd through an open lottery draw. This is a classic safari style spot-and-stalk or tracking style hunt, for the African Gemsbok AKA Oryx, which any applicant, getting lucky in the draw, can participate in without leaving the United States!
Hunts for these majestic animals take place virtually year round which allows for a great opportunity in the off-season! The hunts that take place on WSMR offer 3 day season while the off-range hunts come with month long seasons. Overall Oryx numbers are lower off WSMR but the off-range hunts do offer much better draw odds as well as historically speaking, 100% shot opportunity for clients that choose to hunt with one of WTA’s veteran off-range hunt operators.
Although a guide is not required for this hunt we have found that the overall success rate on trophy caliber animals is much higher when the lucky tag holders are assisted by an approved outfitter.
If you have questions regarding this hunt, have drawn a tag and now wish to locate the right outfitter, or would like assistance applying in the New Mexico Oryx draw- please contact WTA TAGS at 1-800-755-TAGS(8247) or email us at [email protected]
*Remember KIDS APPLY FREE we can apply your son or daughter for this hunt for as little as $13 per year for YOUTH ONLY hunting opportunities.
$1,700 plus 8% tax 1×1 Guide – Only
$2,450 plus 8% tax 1×1 All- Inclusive
$1684 includes license and stamps. Computer draw–deadline mid-March. Contact WTA TAGS for professional application assistance 1-800-755- TAGS(8247)
Guide service, beverages and snacks in field transportation, trophy care
Travel to destination, hotel, dinner, taxidermy, meat processing
Fly to either Albuquerque, New Mexico or El Paso, Texas, rent vehicle and drive to hunt location.
Guide-only hunt. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel each morning and drop you off after each days hunts. Meals and lodging are not included other than a sack lunch during the day.
All-inclusive, and does include meals and lodging, along with the fully guided hunt.
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.