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Animal - Gemsbuck

Gemsbuck (Oryx gazelle)

Gemsbuck are prone to be found in the drier areas of the country, Namibia and Botswana. Both sexes have horns, with the male’s shorter and thicker. Gemsbuck are adapted to withstand extreme heat, only sweating when it is absolutely necessary. This way they preserve their body fluids. Gemsbuck are further anatomatically adapt for circulating cooler blood through the brain, compared to the blood temperature measured anywhere else in the body. Gemsbuck use their horns as agile weapons against predators. Very tough animals indeed, they are grazers by nature, but also forage on bulbs and tubers. Mostly active during the early mornings, they do not frequent watering holes that often.


Hunt Gemsbok only when in the broadside and quartering away positions. The best place to aim would be a third from the bottom of the body, in line with the front leg. Once wounded, they take off at incredible speed and can survive for days on end. Be careful when approaching an animal lying on the ground. Many times a hunter has experienced the fatal blows that Gemsbuck can deliver with their horns.

RW : 40”
SCI : 88”

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Law Category Minimum Draw mass(lbs) Minimum Kinetic energy (ft/lbs) Minimum Momentum(lbs/s) T.P.I Total arrow weight required (gr.)
3 60-75 60-70 0.40 40+ 500+

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