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Addax, the most desert-adapted of the African antelope species, was formerly found throughout most of the Sahara, but was nearly exterminated in the wild in the last quarter of the 20th century by poaching from motorized vehicles. The addax’s most striking feature is its long spiral horns. Male addaxes weigh 220–300 pounds on the hoof and have a shoulder height of 37” – 45”. Their horns are often 30” – 40” long. Females are nearly as tall as males and only 10% - 20% lighter; their horns are thinner than the male’s but just as long. A stocky build and sturdy, rather short legs give the addax endurance but not speed. The addax’s coat is lightest-colored in
in summer and smoky gray in winter. The hindquarters, tail, underparts, and legs are white, as is the face mask and mouth that contrast with a dark brown forehead tuft and gray muzzle. The throat is covered with a short brownish beard. These are beautiful animals.
Wildlife Systems’ addax 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.
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 La Chata Division which encompasses approximately 6,000 acres. The addax herd on this property is one of the largest herds in the state, containing over 150 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 33” – 38” range.
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.
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.
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 165+ 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.
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.