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Exotic hunting pioneer Thompson Temple once called the blackbuck antelope “the most exotic of exotics”.
It is hard to argue that point.
With spiraling horns, gorgeous contrasting black and white coat on the mature males and a truly wild nature, the blackbuck is one of the most beautiful and challenging introduced animals hunters can pursue here in Texas.
However, other antelope species are every bit as exotic as the blackbuck and are now part of the exotic hunting culture not only in Texas but other states as well.
We are about to examine these animals and give you some facts that will probably boost your appreciation for the exotic hunting industry.
This vintage scientific sketching of a blackbuck antelope shows not only the male and female but the phases between juvenile and mature adult. Young bucks will have shorter horns than their mature counterparts and a light to dark brown coat. Truly mature males have black in place of brown and will also stand a little taller than even intermediate males with large horns.
This shot shows the classic spiraling horns of a mature blackbuck. Notice the section of horn that has been damaged. Blackbucks spend much of their time defending their territory and sometimes dozens of females from other males. They are in a “rut” state of mind year-round when it comes to females and space.
The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo takes part in captive breeding of the endangered scimitar-horned oryx as do other zoos around the world. These animals are hunted on Texas ranches, where there are more in existence than even in their native Africa. Many believe this exotic has been saved from extinction by the efforts of hunting ranches in Texas.
Some scholars believe the scimitar-horned oryx which can appear to have one horn when spotted from a distance is the species that gave birth to the unicorn legend.
Africa’s larger antelope, gemsboks, are available to hunt on several Texas ranches. A free-ranging population exists on White Sands Missile Base in New Mexico and they have also ventured onto surrounding lands. Hunters can draw for the highly coveted hunting permits.