Oryx Hunting (African Gemsbok)

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Oryx (African Gemsbok) are found on the east side of the refuge in the Little San Pasqual Wilderness Unit.

Please check our General Hunting page for a map. 

East Side of the Refuge

Oryx hunting is allowed from September 1 to March 31 on the east side of the refuge from the east bank of the Rio Grande River to the eastern most boundary of the refuge to those holding a valid State of New Mexico off-range oryx permit. 

East side travel is only by foot, horseback, or bicycle. Bicycling is only allowed on established service roads. 

The easiest entry point is the gate at the end of Guadalajara Road. From San Antonio, travel east on Highway 380, turn right onto San Pedro Road and travel south, turn left on Guadalajara Road and travel to the end of the road. Park near the walk-through horse gate leading into the refuge, but do not block access to the service road or the gate. 

On the east boundary, additional walk-through horse gates are located to the north and south of Little San Pasqual Mountain. You may also carefully cross over the boundary fence at any point that legal entry is granted from the adjacent landowner. Please do not damage the fence.

Much of the east side of the refuge is designated wilderness. We do not allow overnight camping on the refuge.

There are no additional weapons restrictions in this area beyond the state of New Mexico requirements and all New Mexico Game and Fish regulations apply. 


West Side of the Refuge

The refuge does not allow oryx hunting on the west side of the refuge.

Other Information 

  • The refuge does not typically hold a large number of oryx (10-30 animals).
  • Oryx are generally found moving between saddles in the San Pasqual Mountains and in the canyons and draws on the southern half of the east side of the refuge.