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Old 02-16-2018, 08:41 PM   #1
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Well, I pulled up to the check point north of Raymondville on HWY 77 and it dont look good. I have a rifle, two pistolas, a bloody knife, three coolers full of red meat with ice and a Nilgai head with cape. The Border Patrol asked me if I was a citizen and I said "yes sir". Then the patrol dog started licking the blood off the bumper of my truck. Now I had to pull over to the side of the lane and them fellas got to looking. "Is them human remains in that cooler, Sir" and I replied "no Sir that is a Nilgai Antelope" and the reply was "Can you prove that?" . I lifted the lid to another cooler and there was a Nilgai buck and cape. Then, " why do you have two pistols" and my reply was "in case one jams".


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Old 02-16-2018, 08:45 PM   #2
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:55 PM   #3
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Well, I reckon we can continue the story.

I booked a day Nilgai hunt on the King Ranch Norias Division for February 15, 2018. I was met at the gate by my guide Weston, who just happens to be the Wildlife Biologist for the Norias Division. He is only one of two wildlife biologists for the King Ranch and also guides hunts. Weston is a good man and excellent guide. I got to ask lots of questions all day long and I am sure he was tired of me asking.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:00 PM   #4
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Once we done with all the paperwork at the headquarters we took off. The layout of the Norias is beautiful and I must say the sand dunes are huge. We were in the Frijola pasture which I think was 15,000 acres.

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Old 02-16-2018, 09:10 PM   #6
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What surprised me the most was the height of the sand dunes as we were only mile from the coast. I swear some of the dunes were over 50 ft tall and covered in coastal grass.
Anyway, we started out along the coast and walked about two miles up and down the dunes, looking for a nice bull. Now I was toting a rifle and wearing snakeboots walking in the sand, it was not bad as the temps were still low and it was exciting to be on the King Ranch. Every once in a while we would come into a grove of live oaks that seemed to go on forever, man it was so pretty.

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Old 02-16-2018, 09:11 PM   #7
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Details Cuz, details.......
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:14 PM   #8
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Been there done that complete with the jumping dog. But this is your story. Let it roll.


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Old 02-16-2018, 09:18 PM   #9
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You know in the Norias Division they only have low fence and native deer. No feed supplements and I seen some 140-160 class bucks. Wow!

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At lunch time Weston dropped me off at a watering hole and said kill a biggun if he shows and I am headed to get us a couple hamburger sammiches. So I sat in Ladder stand for an hour and watched Turkeys, deer and Santa Gertrudis cattle wander in and out.

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Old 02-16-2018, 09:26 PM   #10
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After lunch we hiked another couple miles, sat at another water hole. At 3 pm Weston decided to take me back to the Frijol pasture. We found a few Nilgai cows and at 4 pm he asked me if I wanted a cow or to continue. I told him that "lets give it another hour and see what happens". We drove a few more miles and I spotted a bull a long ways off and we stopped and glassed. Weston said let me park behind this huisache bush and walk. I dont know how familiar some of you are about Nilgai but they are skittish and can run like a horse.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:34 PM   #11
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While we were trying to get close to the bull, Weston said let me walk up this other dune and see what is there. I sat below and waited for his report. About 20 minutes went by and he came back down to me and said there are 4 bulls on the other side of this dune but the biggest one is over 200 yards away and the young bulls are 75 yards away. The bad thing was the young bulls are in between us and the big bull.

Now, we had snuck up on these guys with the sun to our backs and the wind was blowing our scent away from them. The bad thing was the wind was gusting over 20mph at times and the sand from our footsteps would blow into your face and even onto my gun.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:35 PM   #12
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:41 PM   #13
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At the beginning of our hunt, Weston ask me what my comfort zone was for yardage on a shot, and I told him the closer the better or under 200 yards. He grinned when I said that and replied we will get along just fine.

Now, Weston said the big bull is 227 yards away and this wind is really bad, do you want a young bull that is 75 yards or do you want to try for the biggun. In my best John Wayne voice I said "the biggun boy". So we contemplated for minute and snuck up another dune, Weston went up and glassed and came back down to me and said 162 yards.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:49 PM   #14
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We crawled up to the top of the dune and set up my shooting sticks. I sat right in the middle of a animal trail and got hunkered in behind my rifle. Weston told me to put a round in the chamber and I pulled the bolt back and it stopped halfway, there was so much sand blowing that the bolt had bound. I dropped the floor plate and pushed on the bolt with my finger and got the bolt to move on back. I put three rounds in the well and chambered. The dang Nilgai had turned his butt toward us and I had to wait, during this time the wind was blowing so strong that Weston said "I dont like this".
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:51 PM   #15
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:55 PM   #16
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I remembered what Weston had told me at the beginning of the hunt and that was to shoot the shoulder dead center and take out his running gear.

So, the bull was hard quartering from me and I was watching that front shoulder through my scope. He was at enough angle that there was a roll of fat behind his front shoulder, I put the cross hairs on the center of that roll and squeezed the trigger. The rifle spoke and no return thump, I freaking missed. I felt so bad for Weston as he had worked his azz off for me and I blew it. 162 yards and I missed!
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:58 PM   #17
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The suspense is killing me! Come on with it! Lol
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:02 PM   #18
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I loaded another round, and seen a dark flash about 60 yards to the left of me. Weston said there goes the three young bulls. I am still sitting on the trail and Weston is behind me, he yells and said the sumbitch is going to hit us. Then I seen the bull coming up the dune running on the trail I am sitting on. The sun was blinding him and he did not see us.

All I seen was a Nilgai head coming up the dune and Weston was yelling "shoot". I got behind my gun and all I could see was Nilgai neck in my scope and I shot.
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:05 PM   #19
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I heard the thump that time, and when the bullet hit him he rared up and flipped over. 49 big steps from where I sat to the dead bull.

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Old 02-16-2018, 10:07 PM   #20
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:07 PM   #21
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:10 PM   #22
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Just to make sure this aint no tale, here is a picture of the bull from the opposite side of the dune. The two long drag marks are from him hitting the brakes trying to stop before he met his demise.

His head is pointing the opposite direction than when he was running because he flipped backwards when the shot rang.

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Old 02-16-2018, 10:10 PM   #23
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Anyway thats my story and I am sticking to it
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:14 PM   #24
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Awesome!!! Congrats!!!
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:15 PM   #25
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Congrats! That’s some fine eating there and a lot of it!
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:15 PM   #26
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Heck yea!
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:16 PM   #27
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Waydago! Love the write up
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:16 PM   #28
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My rifle was a Ruger 77 in 35 Whelen. I am using Barnes 225 gr TSX bullets and they blow big holes in the sand when you miss.
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:17 PM   #29
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An Adrenalin rush right there, Congratulations

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Old 02-16-2018, 10:17 PM   #30
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Nice work! Great write up


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Old 02-16-2018, 10:18 PM   #31
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Confused.... was that the mature bull or younger bull?
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:20 PM   #32
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Great tale!
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:25 PM   #33
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Confused.... was that the mature bull or younger bull?
He was the old bull, the other ones had run to the left of me when I boogered up the first shot.
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:27 PM   #34
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Weston said to tell everybody the wind blew my first bullet off. I am purty sure yall wont believe that.
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:29 PM   #35
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Congratulations! Thanks for sharing
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:30 PM   #36
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My rifle was a Ruger 77 in 35 Whelen. I am using Barnes 225 gr TSX bullets and they blow big holes in the sand when you miss.
That is one fine rifle / caliber /ammo combination
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:30 PM   #37
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That’s a great write up ��
Congrats to you.
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:34 PM   #38
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Cool story and bull


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Old 02-16-2018, 10:46 PM   #39
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Great story and great bull!
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Old 02-16-2018, 10:56 PM   #40
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This is awesome! Congratulations
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:07 PM   #41
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Great story, great caliber, and great animal.
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:17 PM   #42
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Great story!Congrats
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:20 PM   #43
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Good stuff Radar. Congrats on the bull!
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Old 02-16-2018, 11:53 PM   #44
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He was the old bull, the other ones had run to the left of me when I boogered up the first shot.
Gotcha and congratulations, Ive had the itch to shoot another one since I got my first one back in 2014..
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:26 AM   #45
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Sounds like a fun hunt! One day I will eat some nilgai.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:43 AM   #46
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Great story, congrats on your bull!!


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Old 02-17-2018, 02:03 AM   #47
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Radar....congrats on your Nilgai bull and your hunt. A great write up Sir ! Nothing like a little excitement to liven up a hunt !
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Old 02-17-2018, 02:27 AM   #48
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Congrats on the bull! King Ranch is a special place.
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:41 AM   #49
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:45 AM   #50
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Congrats on the kill!! Curious what a hunt like this runs??
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