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Nilgia hunt on King Ranch
I’ve been talking with Weston at the King Ranch about archery hunting Nilgia. He only does 3 day hunts. Can you kill one in 3 days with archery gear???
Also said the Nilgia took a hard hit with the freeze last year and said I should wait a couple years before going hunting them. Anyone have thoughts about that?
Would really like to do an off season hunt for exotics down there but want to make sure I’m not jumping into a hunt too fast. Looking for place to hunt free range Axis deer next year.
Husker i hunt Nilgai every year. Not king ranch. I do feel they did take a hit this last year but still plenty of Bull around. I personally always book 5 days I have done 3 days but with a bow and by noon second day your thinking half the hunt is over and start to rush, Nilgai are not an animal that is good to be rushed.
I know that the freeze hurt the axis a little in the Hill Country but I’ve not heard that it hurt the Nilgai. Nilgai are mostly in S Texas and I’m not sure the freeze was that bad down there. Most of the axis damage was antler development being arrested. Lots of axis bucks with underdeveloped antlers. It hit blackbuck pretty hard but they are pretty tiny.
I’m booked for that hunt on the King Ranch next January. Hope it works out.
They did take a hit last year, but seem to still a have good numbers. I bowbhunt them near the king in south texas. If you can get down there when a front is coming through its a good time to walk and stalk them. To stalk them on the ground it helps alot to have a good wind. The ones I have shot doing this have been when the leading edge of a front is coming through. If not hunting over a waterhole is your best option, they are random times when they drink so best to sit as long as you can. Typically they stop on the edge of the woods before they come drink, look around, then come in. Don't rush the shot they should drink for a couple of minutes so either draw before they walk in or wait until they are drinking. They can see, hear, and smell great.
We sit sun up to sundown I have killed most mine between 11 and 3
I’m looking at this hunt too
When is the best time to hunt them?
The summer has to be a killer for a long sit on water hole but I bet it would work
Zebra is there another camp you’d recommend vs king?
I just got back from my annual Nilgai cow hunt near the King. Nilgai did get very hard from the cold last year. I heard some estimates were 12+ % death loss. The exotic market has not rebounded yet. Axis and Blackbuck took huge losses, statewide. Replacement costs are through the roof
The ranch we hunt had significant losses but still had great numbers of bulls and cows. My guy does not do any Archery hunts.
There are some other places down that way that may do hunts. PM me if you want their names
Maybe the king will sell you a couple of one day hunts to get to five days. Would not hurt to ask anyway. Price might be a problem, but maybe
I’m with zebra killer three days is probably not long enough. I would also believe what the king is telling you. If they are not chasing your money then I would say their numbers are way down
We hunt King every year & just returned from our archery hunt. It was one of the worst hunts we have had. According to the King Ranch staff the loss last yr from the Feb freeze was 40%.
An acquaintance was there in the last couple weeks, said it was a horrible hunt, numbers way down. We had a hunt planned for July, but I think we are most likely canceling at this point.
I agree in general that 3 day archery hunts are pretty short, my partners have discussed this with the ranch and they have made it clear the hunts are 3 days and that is that, if you want more they would consider booking 2 back to back (6 days total). That gets a little pricy for me, but not necessarily for some guys. It’s the King ranch, they can kinda do what they want.
All that said I’ve been on hunts more than once where multiple bulls are killed on 3 day hunts. In fact on the hunt that I killed the bull in the pic I passed another nice mature bull the last morning as well. It’s a great hunt when it’s decent, and the King Ranch is a special place.
Great thread. Thanks for posting…We have been thinking of booking the 3 day Nilgai hunt as well. Have u fellas stayed on the ranch as an “all inclusive “? How’s the pig hunting there?
I’ve never done the booking, one of my buddies handles that, I’m just lucky enough to be invited sometimes. My understanding was it’s basically one “Bowhunting package” no option for off ranch lodging. All nilgai archery are on the Norias division which is pretty far south of town, not really any other lodging options with in 45 min or so i don’t think. That said the lodging situation has greatly improved the last couple years. Really never mattered to me, but their newly remodeled accommodations are pretty nice. But if it came down to it I would prefer the old situation and a lower price, but that’s just me.
I believe hogs used to be unlimited on that hunt, but if I’m not mistaken they now have a limit of 1 or 2 per hunt. There are lots there. I know back in the day I shot 4-5 on one hunt, but I think those days are over.
Heard Nilgia are pretty elusive and hard to get within bow range, so figured they'd be petty hardy to kill, but guess not if a freeze will kill them?
Me and a friend hunted nilgai on the King ranch early this year. We were booked for earlier but the King Ranch biologist called us to suggest a later hunt due to the large amount of winter freeze kills. Exactly as everyone has said here. We hunted January 15 and saw very few nilgai. We took 2 with rifles but I didn't see any good bowhunting setups. I understand they have a different area for that. We drove all afternoon after our hunt looking around and saw very few nilgai.
As others said, give it a couple years to rebound, this “Global Warming” has been tough on those critters!
This is one of the few "travel away from home" hunts I'm still interested in.