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Old 02-13-2019, 03:48 PM   #1
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So, I've been a firearms enthusiast, amateur gunsmith most of my life, got into shooting compound bows to build my strength back up about 5 years ago after a shoulder surgery,because anything shooting related was fun!And now, I've killed a few deer with my bows, and would like to kill something a little bigger. I've eaten Nilgai before and it was tasty. So how difficult would it be to get a shot at one at say, 40 yards or under with a bow? Or shouuld i just get a gun hunt and forget the stick and string?
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:49 PM   #2
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:51 PM   #3
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:51 PM   #4
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Wildlife Systems offers some nilgai hunts with bow on the King Ranch I believe.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:53 PM   #5
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Just read that. May be pretty difficult. I've only ever seen one, on a private ranch. I know next to nothing about them.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:07 PM   #6
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I have 2 arrows I shoot, I generally practice with Easton Aftermath 300's, they weigh about 434 grains with a 100 grain head. I also have some FMJ 250's that weigh 712 grains with a 125 grain head, they make my bows quiet, but they have a very high trajectory. Range estimation gets to be critical with those, even at 30-40 yards...I've got complete pass throughs on deer with the Aftermaths

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Old 02-13-2019, 04:52 PM   #7
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Itís all about shot placement. You can definitely do it it will just take time to get the right shot opportunity. Your aftermaths should work fine my brother shot one with a similar arrow weight. On my bucket list of things to shoot with my bow as well. I have a hunt coming up in March but depending on the pasture we get will determine if Iím taking the bang stick or stick n string. Good luck to you!!


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Old 02-13-2019, 05:32 PM   #8
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It’s all about shot placement. You can definitely do it it will just take time to get the right shot opportunity. Your aftermaths should work fine my brother shot one with a similar arrow weight. On my bucket list of things to shoot with my bow as well. I have a hunt coming up in March but depending on the pasture we get will determine if I’m taking the bang stick or stick n string. Good luck to you!!


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My 2 bows are a Mathews Monster 7, and a Hoyt Nitrum 30. Both have 80#limbs. The older Mathews draws 84 pounds tightened against the riser, the Hoyt does about 82. I have several different heads on hand, 100 grain Slick trick, Rage 2.3's, Wasp Boss, and some 125 grain HellRazors. I suppose any of them would be OK, provided I make the shot? I shoot the Mathews a tad better, but it's quite a bit bigger and heavier. I like carrying the Hoyt, it's lighter, and shorter.

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Old 02-13-2019, 07:53 PM   #9
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I killed one at the old Four Arrows Outfitters place with an Oneida Black Eagle at 66lbs, 2314 Super Slams(I think) and a 100 grain thunderhead. It broke the offside leg bone and dropped within 40 yards. Shot placement was excellent so that helped.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:08 PM   #10
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I killed one at the old Four Arrows Outfitters place with an Oneida Black Eagle at 66lbs, 2314 Super Slams(I think) and a 100 grain thunderhead. It broke the offside leg bone and dropped within 40 yards. Shot placement was excellent so that helped.
Glad to hear another person has killed one with a bow, at least i know it's been done a few times. From what i've been reading, they are tough to kill with a rifle.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:18 PM   #11
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To me that would be a huge accomplishment, good luck.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:24 PM   #12
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I killed one this year with a bow. Hoyt defiant 34 at 70lbs maxxed out flinging a 550 grain arrow. Broad head was a QAD Exodous. Broke bone on both entry and exit and had a full pass through.
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:50 PM   #13
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I killed one this year with a bow. Hoyt defiant 34 at 70lbs maxxed out flinging a 550 grain arrow. Broad head was a QAD Exodous. Broke bone on both entry and exit and had a full pass through.
I really like my slick tricks, but i have some 125 HellRazors that might be better, they just don't seem to shoot as good as the SlickTricks
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:50 PM   #14
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I have killed a bull and cow with a bow. Bull was 80lb bow and arrows around 600 grains. Original black magnus up front. Blew through at 30 yards. Bull spun around and took a few steps. The cow was similar but with a 4 blade steel force. She went about 100 yards. They are tough and spooky. But, a good arrow into the heart and lungs will kill any animal on earth. Shoot a fixed blade and the heavier arrows. They work!
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:56 PM   #15
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I have no experience with nilgai, but in the spirit of encouragement, I'll offer what I've read about bowhunting them. As Bort said, plus fence crossings and water if your going with a bow. Good luck and post the story !
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:58 PM   #16
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I have killed a bull and cow with a bow. Bull was 80lb bow and arrows around 600 grains. Original black magnus up front. Blew through at 30 yards. Bull spun around and took a few steps. The cow was similar but with a 4 blade steel force. She went about 100 yards. They are tough and spooky. But, a good arrow into the heart and lungs will kill any animal on earth. Shoot a fixed blade and the heavier arrows. They work!
My regular arrows are 434 grains, my FMJ's are 712 grains. I'd be good at 30 yards with the FMJ's, but further than that range estimation with those spears becomes critical....
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:02 PM   #17
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I really like my slick tricks, but i have some 125 HellRazors that might be better, they just don't seem to shoot as good as the SlickTricks
I bought some hellrazors years ago. Dullest broadhead Iíve ever bought. QAD exodus (swept blades) is my broadhead of choice for that size game.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:03 PM   #18
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My regular arrows are 434 grains, my FMJ's are 712 grains. I'd be good at 30 yards with the FMJ's, but further than that range estimation with those spears becomes critical....
I would say if shooting past 30 yards you should have time to range. I would shoot a 500-600 grain arrow if it were me. I like the 700 grain arrow better than the 430.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:14 PM   #19
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Good luck. Id love to try that hunt one day myself.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:16 PM   #20
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I bought some hellrazors years ago. Dullest broadhead Iíve ever bought. QAD exodus (swept blades) is my broadhead of choice for that size game.
Glad you mentioned that. I thought they were pretty dull out of the package, too. I haven't tried sharpening them up.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:16 PM   #21
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I think the cows are beautiful animals. I’d love to kill a bull and cow with a bow. Will be a bucket list thing to do when I have time.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:19 PM   #22
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Went after them years and years ago at Four Arrows. Elusive but fun to hunt.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:27 PM   #23
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Not impossible. Each year several are taken with stock and string at Laguna Atascosa NWR. They are extremely skidish. They will see you at 500 yards and head for the hills. I was tucked into a mesquite tree 6 feet off the ground and had one within 10 yards with mesquite branches breaking up my outline. The second O started to slowly draw back she took off at a high rate of speed. That was the closest I ever came to getting a shot.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:29 PM   #24
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Find Landrover's nilgai thread.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:10 PM   #25
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Glad you mentioned that. I thought they were pretty dull out of the package, too. I haven't tried sharpening them up.
get you a pack of magnus stingers,,,
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:15 PM   #26
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I’ve shot a few with a bow one being a monster. They are tough to hunt for sure but well worth the effort. Anatomy little different than deer. Even with a perfect shot they can cover some ground. There are guide services that offer bow hunts for nilgai but all of mine have been shot off the refuge in south texas
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:12 PM   #27
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We put in prob 30 miles a piece on foot at the Laguna refuge in December. Closest I got to one was 350 yds
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