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Old 02-17-2020, 08:10 PM   #1
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Default Best Valentine's Day Ever - King Ranch Nilgai

This was the best Valentine's Day ever. I planned a Nilgai hunt in the Norias Division of the King Ranch with my girlfriend, Mary also known here as The Mayor, accompanying me. With a call to the hotel a couple weeks earlier, the manager at the La Quinta Inn in Raymondville received the dozen long stemmed roses in a custom vace, and put them in our room. Mary was very surprised.

My guide was in on my next plan, and the Nilgai bull must have been too.

The first stop was in the dunes not far from the coast. Within 30 minutes we were on a nice group of Nilgai including a herd bull with his harem. He stepped out and gave us a great look at him. I had time to ask questions, evaluate, ask Mary if she thought I should shoot this one, then decide. I have been twice before and hunting these things can be like trying to nail water to a tree, so I decided that a post-mature bull that was trophy status was good enough. Boom. My 300 win mag put him down in short order. Ran 30 yards.

Now, time for the LDPs. Mary and I posed behind the trophy Nilgai. After the pics were done, I gave my guide a thumbs up. That was actually a signal to switch the camera to video. Mary got up and I said "Hold on just a minute. There is something I need to ask you." I took a knee and I pulled the ring from my pocket and I said "Mary, from the moment I met you I knew you were the one, perfect for me. Will you marry me?"

Y'all, she said yes. Mary said yes.

When we got back to the La Quinta they had a bottle of champagne waiting on us! Not bad. Not bad at all.

And here is a giant shout out to Sergio Nuncio at site sponsor Jonathon's Fine Jewelry. He made this ring possible. Any of you guys with the idea for something special for your girl, get with him. He will do you right. And he is one of the nicest guys going. Thank you Sergio!



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Old 02-17-2020, 08:14 PM   #2
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well done sir and congrats to the both of you!


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Old 02-17-2020, 08:14 PM   #3
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Congrats on the trophy!!!

The Nilgai ain’t bad either

Happy for you both!
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:16 PM   #4
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WOW! Congratulations on both!
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:19 PM   #5
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Kool!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:23 PM   #6
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:25 PM   #7
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Wow! Wasn’t expecting that! Congrats to you both! Kevin, you got a good one!
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:25 PM   #8
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:28 PM   #9
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&&^%$%$### my heart is broken! no more happy brithdays for you mayor!!

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Old 02-17-2020, 08:31 PM   #10
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I fell out of my chair this morning, when I learned of this.

Way to go y’all.

And Mary, I swear I only told one person.
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:33 PM   #11
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Well I’ll be! Congrats!!
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:35 PM   #12
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Wow! Wasn’t expecting that! Congrats to you both! Kevin, you got a good one!
Mary wasn't expecting it either!

And I know just how good she is... She had that ring bloody within two hours of the Nilgai falling. Be still my heart.

And then yesterday and today we processed the whole thing, including making 20 lbs. of breakfast sausage with a TBH recipe that neither of us had tried before.

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Old 02-17-2020, 08:39 PM   #13
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Good stuff, congrats!!
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:43 PM   #14
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Wonderful catch Kevin!
And congrats to you both.


Great nilgai too!
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:45 PM   #15
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:48 PM   #16
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:49 PM   #17
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:55 PM   #18
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Good thing you didn’t miss that shot!

Congratulations to both of you.
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Old 02-17-2020, 08:57 PM   #19
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Well there ya geaux!!!
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:16 PM   #20
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Antler collectors all sad and shi lol
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:19 PM   #21
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Mary wasn't expecting it either!

And I know just how good she is... She had that ring bloody within two hours of the Nilgai falling. Be still my heart.

And then yesterday and today we processed the whole thing, including making 20 lbs. of breakfast sausage with a TBH recipe that neither of us had tried before.
...and then you made her a sammich.
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:24 PM   #22
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Good stuff! Congratulations all around!
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:25 PM   #23
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...and then you made her a sammich.
Actually it was a grilled chicken salad with avocados and a bunch of other stuff!

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Old 02-17-2020, 09:27 PM   #24
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Congratulations. Super happy for y'all.
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:27 PM   #25
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That’s how you do it!!!! Congrats! Awesome lady and a ****** trophy(the Nilgai!!!!).
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:29 PM   #26
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That’s how you do it!!!! Congrats! Awesome lady and a ****** trophy(the Nilgai!!!!).
The guide said he will score gold medal. I can't remember what the numbers were. Getting engaged to Mary was on my mind.

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Old 02-17-2020, 09:29 PM   #27
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Awesome story all the way around!! Congratulations!
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Old 02-17-2020, 09:30 PM   #28
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Congrats yall
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:01 PM   #29
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Very Cool! Congrats
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:08 PM   #30
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Too much awesomeness in one post! Congrats to you both!
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:22 PM   #31
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Allsome. So happy
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:27 PM   #32
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Congrats all the way around!
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:37 PM   #33
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Great stuff! Congratulations to you both! I'm glad y'all stopped by on Saturday to show off the bling! Congrats on the Nilgai, too!
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Old 02-17-2020, 10:54 PM   #34
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Verra nice...on all accounts. Congratulations to you both. It can't get much more exciting than that!!!
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Old 02-17-2020, 11:06 PM   #35
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Outstanding!!! Congratulations to you both!
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Old 02-18-2020, 02:53 AM   #36
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Congrats to the both of you.


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Old 02-18-2020, 05:34 AM   #37
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Well played Kevin, congrats to you both.
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Old 02-18-2020, 05:41 AM   #38
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Fantastic news - congratulations to you both!
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Old 02-18-2020, 05:59 AM   #39
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Antler collectors all sad and shi lol
That's what I was thinking . Congratulations


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Old 02-18-2020, 06:53 AM   #40
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Congrats to y'all both. Pretty cool story.
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Old 02-18-2020, 07:02 AM   #41
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Congratulations!!!!!
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:00 AM   #42
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:04 AM   #43
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Wow! Congrats guys!
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:08 AM   #44
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Great weekend indeed! Congrats!
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:12 AM   #45
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:12 AM   #46
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Congratulations to you both! Awesome news!
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:16 AM   #47
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Congrats to y'all. Bownanza Wedding? With the Rev. Smart officiating?
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:25 AM   #48
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:43 AM   #49
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Old 02-18-2020, 08:53 AM   #50
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Wow!!! Great Job and congrats!!!!
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