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Free Range, South TX Nilgai?
Well folks, as it turns out I've found an it that I can finally afford to scratch...
I have a number of buddies who successfully hunted these critters with rifles, but none have been brave enough to chase after them with a bow. After having performed a cursory google review, I can't find much in the way of outfitters willing to go after the "blue bull" with archery tackle (at least not anymore; used to be an operation called "4arrows" on the King Ranch that no longer exists). Does anyone have any good (or bad) experiences, recommendations or otherwise helpful input, that you'd be wiling to toss my way? And yes, of course, pictures are always fun (rifle acceptable, see below).
This photo is from a buddy's hunt on the King Ranch a few weeks back.
Thanks in advance.
If you have the $cratch get on a lease at The Kennedy Ranch.If not try find someone who has one ( they allow guests) I was a guest of a guy here from NJ who was a lease member there for decades..I hunted there once for 3 days and seen countless Nilgai I ended up taking one with my bow...Amazing animals...but again the number of Nilgai as well as other animals there was through the roof.
You couldn't go into the field and NOT shoot something...In just a few days I took 3 hogs..a Rio Grand..a coyote...and the Nilgai.
If your serious about killing one with the bow you wont find a better place.
Good luck, Mark
wes I just returned from a short three day hunt for mine with no shots fired hsd a blast on the hunt saw 10 two big bulls, but my hunt was not free range im headed back to tru again!
I have a buddy who has a high game ranch in South Texas. I stick several does on his place every year. These things are hard to get with a bow in the south Texas brush.
Yeah I have a friend from college whose family owns a 10K acre high fence operation I guided on through out college winter breaks. I sure enjoy shooting the varmints and filling the freezer with does/hogs, but I wouldn't have the same satisfaction as a lot of folks do getting "the big one" behind a high fence. To each their own, just not the challenge I appreciate.
Looks like there's some pretty solid public hunting opportunities by permit on refuges in deep south TX. The problem is that I've got a 9 hour drive coming from Midland when I get transferred in May. Alas, decision decisions.
To each his own is correct, but 10,000 ac. could hardly be considered a pen ! Do it with a clear conscience, I hear they are darn good on the plate ! Good luck.
Don't get me wrong Don, it's not a "fish in the barrel" operation...just not quite the same level of satisfaction I get when I perennially fail chasing elk. The high fenced critters eat the same as their low fenced cousins; no complaints from my end.
Maybe I'm just a masochist. Thanks for the well wishes.
P.S. Don, I got lined out with Ron and am heading to Wyoming September 13. Many thanks!
Doubled up...note to self, don't hit refresh.
King Ranch /Tx offers archery hunts-- contact main office--free range-- hard but doable
Wes if you find a hunt tell me about it, I have no regrets on my hunt at all hunted hard just never had a shot. I will not feel bad when I go back and to get a good shot. I think they are one awesome animal, I have only seen one bowhunt for them on video, all I have are gun hunts and footage is usually fast and not good I would love to see a video of a bunch of bowhunts anyone know of any?
Were you able to make your hunt sir. If so if you have any advice I'm all ears