The Cost and Fee for a Dama Gazelle Hunt
The average price to hunt a Dama Gazelle on a big game ranch is between $6,000 and $8,500, which is considered moderately affordable for an exotic animal – especially one with such a beautiful coat and so difficult to harvest. The final total depends on the size of the rack, trophy fee, rifle or bow hunt, number of days, taxidermy fees, quality of accommodations, amenities and services available.
Hunting Season for Dama Gazelle
Hunting Trophy Dama Gazelle
Like any gazelle, the Dama is a slender animal that is made to run. Dama have the ability to reach speeds as fast as 60 mph, with sustained runs up to 30 mph. The neck is also very long, giving it the ability to stand erect and scope out the land around it. This makes them an incredibly difficult to hunt and must be done without spooking the animal. Most shots are taken at challenging distances on a very small target.
The Dama Gazelle is quite rare, and its short horns may be small, but theyre very distinctive. They start going straight up, flare dramatically to the side, and then curve back into a vertical rise before the point. These horns typically run between 12 and 15 inches in length and make a beautiful and impressive trophy mount.
The name gazelle comes from the Persian word Ghazal which means “elegant and quick”. It has an elegant, sleek build, with astoundingly long legs. Most are between two and a half and three feet when measured to the shoulder.
The hair on the Dama Gazelle is short and trim, and the primary color is a brilliant white. Many have light brown coloring as well, which is heaviest on the neck and also runs across the back, slowly fading back to white.
Native Habitats and Countries
Gazelles are native to Africa, where they are often found on the savannah, on the expansive grasslands and even in the deserts. Their range is fairly wide, though, as they are also in central and southwest Asia, ranging down into the Indian subcontinent. The grasslands of Texas are an ideal home for them. They are herbivores, seeking out leaves, grasses and plants, along with water sources. The Dama is very important in Niger, and its even a national symbol for the country.
The Dama Gazelle will live in a herd, with these herds traversing the countryside in search of food. Males are territorial, and they mark their territory with urine to let others know. If the herd is in danger, though, the gazelle who notices the danger first will begin hopping up and down, not bending its legs. This is called pronking, and its a signal to the rest of the herd that something is wrong. When they all know, the herd will flee.