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01-19-2007, 12:13 PM
Just got back from south Texas where I shot this big brute. Despite tales of them being bulletproof, I managed to drop this one on the spot with a .30-06 shooting a 180-grain Scirocco.
01-19-2007, 01:18 PM
Right on sheep,,, looks like fun.. Are those fenced hunts or free rangeing not that it really matters but just wondering. Was it a mixed bag exotic hunt or single species.. And did you get a chance at any other animals ???
01-19-2007, 01:29 PM
This was totally free ranging. These big beasts have called Texas home for over 100 years. I also hunted javelina but never saw a really big boar so I never took one. We saw loads of other critters. It was incredible.
01-19-2007, 01:48 PM
Rite on,,, What is the pricing like,, Is it fairly affordable... And does a guy eat those things or not really..
01-19-2007, 02:01 PM
It is very very affordable...around $2,500 and they are absolutely delicious. Our cook made up up some kabobs one night that were to die for.
01-19-2007, 02:44 PM
Thx sheep that is definetly something I am going to look into..
01-19-2007, 02:57 PM
What is that?
What part of Texas were you in?
01-19-2007, 03:21 PM
It's a nilgai....I was just north of Harligen Texas on the Punta Del Monte Ranch with the Yturria Land and Cattle Company.
tis one of the largest or actually second largest member of the antelope family ,originating from india .stocked in the 1930,s
doing very well in texas on private game farms .
01-19-2007, 05:04 PM
Right and wrong...it's doing very well in south Texas in and out of private game farms. On cattle ranches they are a very unwelcome guest but they are plentiful. Nilgai are found on both high and low fenced ranches. We were hunting a low fence ranch, surrounded by other low fence ranches where the nilgai come and go at will. This was not a typical Texas hunt for exocyics. These are indeed very wild animals unconstrained by a fence.
sorry i forgot to mention that,! they are a free range animal also there is a larger population of these animals in texas than there is in india ,presently.;)
looks like your was a youngen ,not very dark yet and thinner shorter horns.
01-19-2007, 05:22 PM
He was about 4-5 years old. His horns were actually quite long compared to some of the older bulls brought in but they did lack some of the mass. Yes, he is a bit lighter in colour than an old bull but there a many variations in colour.
01-19-2007, 06:03 PM
Looks like you were far enough south to miss the snow and ice storms that went through there this week.
Awesome critter! Congrats and thanks for sharing the pic.
01-19-2007, 09:56 PM
Ya, we just missed the ice storms but it did get near freezing a couple night and it rained lots. I can't wait to go back though.
01-19-2007, 10:28 PM
Awesome man...sounds like a fun trip!
01-19-2007, 10:44 PM
i agree, this is the first time i have laid eyes on one of these critters, and i try to read a number of hunting mags-BGA-hunting illistrated-etc etc. thanks for sharing sheep, i look forward to reading about it in AO.: , mabye it needs some out of province hunting advetures to read.
01-19-2007, 10:45 PM
Does the ranch you hunted also have Mouflon or Audad sheep? I'd love to do a free range mouflon/audad hunt down there one day....
01-19-2007, 10:54 PM
Wow thats a trophy for the wall, i can honestly i have never seen one of those before, congrats on the exotic.
01-20-2007, 10:52 AM
Sheep, that is a great animal! I too have never seen one of those before, but then again I have never looked for information/photos from that far south. Glad to see you had a good time and bagged a nice animal. Are you going to have him mounted, and will you be writing an article about it in AO?
01-20-2007, 11:12 AM
Hey Trev....the free ranging auodad are pretty much confined to west Texas so no there was none where I was. They did have a large herd of scimitar horned oryx though.
01-20-2007, 11:14 AM
I'm getting a European mount of him done and I will be writing about some of the equipment we used in the hunt in AO but likely not the actual hunt itself.
01-20-2007, 02:19 PM
Nice looking critter TJ,
First time I've seen one too.
01-20-2007, 09:11 PM
Thanks man....the oryx would be a cool trophy to take home as well.....might have to plan a trip down there in the next few years.....an audad would be awesome too of course!
01-23-2007, 01:31 PM
first of all congrats,
second, did this animal and any of the others qualify as wildlife and only require a wildlife permit to transport back to Canada? Can you give me some details. I have been trying to go on a hunt to Texas for three years but keep running into roadblocks due to BSE and other diseases.
Could you give some contact info for the ranch.
01-23-2007, 09:44 PM
Congrats SH. I was also going to ask you about a web site or contact details for them. My folks are heading south for a couple months this winter and this might make for a good side trip for my dad.
01-26-2007, 11:33 PM
Thanks TJ, been hunting Mulies northeast of Elpaso, never did see one of those critters.
Gotta like the gun rules down there eh, lol.
01-28-2007, 09:22 PM
All you need to import one is a valid Texas hunting licence. Not a bad idea to check with the border guys first but that was my understanding that the licence was your export permit. There shouldn't be any BSE problems any more.
Ranch is the Yturria Land and Cattle Company 956-542-4212. Sorry they don't have a web site...
01-29-2007, 01:14 PM
Thanks Sheep. I'll relay the number to my dad.
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