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Old 11-10-2022, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default Got a nice Nilgai bull!

Iíve been wanting a Nilgai Bull for a long time and finally bit the bullet and booked with Tony Median out of San Benito. It was a thermal night hunt.

I drove down Monday and we met about 4:00 and started the hunt. He told me to make sure and bring waterproof boots which I did. I have Magellan snake boots that have been good for turkey and deer hunting the last two years. Unfortunately they are advertised as waterproof, but they are not! 10 minutes into a two-day hunt and my feet were soaking wet. It sucked!

Right after dark we had a coyote show up and I took a shot at him. I hit him but he ran off and went unrecovered. We saw several pigs and we decided to take one to make sure the rifle was on. It wound up being a nice size boar. Man if this had been a hog hunt, we could have loaded the truck down, we saw a lot of pigs during the hunt. We saw several Nilgai on the first night but couldnít get it done. We did a lot of walking and spotting which was fun seeing all the critters through the thermals. We tried to stalk several bulls but the were always going the opposite direction. We moved once to get on two bulls and when we made it to where they were they were moving off. While we were trying to stalk them a bull came out and walked right where we had been set up. Ugh! If we had stayed put he would have walked right to us.





On the second night we went to a different property and while driving on a county road there was a monster bull standing right on the side of the road. It was awesome, I donít have any experience hunting these things, but I instantly knew it was a bull and a big one! We got a quick glimpse of him as we drove by.

We made our way to Tonyís hunting grounds and entered a field and there were Nilgai everywhere. I think there were about 15 or so. We singled out the biggest bull in the group and made our stalk. We got to within 150 yards and thatís as close as we could get. The moon was super bright the entire hunt and there was no cover between us. I set up on the shooting sticks and squeezed a shot off. I was surprised by the shot, and it felt really good. I was shooting suppressed, so it was easy to hear the bullet hit the Nilgai. I knew I connected but lost sight of the bull in the thermal. Tony told me to shoot him again and my heart sank. I know they have a reputation for eating led and being difficult to track. I chambered another round but by the time I was searching for him in the Thermal Tony told me he was down!

When we walked up to him, I was amazed at the size of these things. I knew they were but dang! I was thinking that the heck are we going to do with this dead horse out here. LOL!

We took some really good pictures and got him in the cooler. It was an awesome hunt. I cant wait to get this meat back from the butcher. All I hear about is how good these things are.




Check out that back strap!



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Old 11-10-2022, 10:51 AM   #2
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Very cool!
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:53 AM   #3
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Congrats! Nilgai is on my bucket list.
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:54 AM   #4
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Good looking bull AND yes, they taste great.
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:55 AM   #5
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Nice! Sounds like a fun trip
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:58 AM   #6
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Congrats on a fine bull. I'll get one down at Laguna...one of these days. Hope you got a big freezer
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:58 AM   #7
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Nice! Congrats!
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:59 AM   #8
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:03 AM   #9
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Great bull! You will NOT be disappointed when you get the meat!!!!
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:04 AM   #10
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Yessir thats a good one for sure. I have two and both were delicious!
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:23 AM   #11
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:28 AM   #12
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If you field dressed one of those in field do you think a game cart could get it out?
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:30 AM   #13
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Awesome!
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:35 AM   #14
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What a beautiful trophy! Congratulations sir!! And that backstrap pic really gives us some perspective of just how big those jokers are!! That's a lot of steak right there in that one piece!!
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:38 AM   #15
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Congrats! Awesome deal
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:40 AM   #16
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Tony is a good dude. Congrats on an awesome trophy!
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:42 AM   #17
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Very Nice!!
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:43 AM   #18
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That one is huge...
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:44 AM   #19
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No experience with a game cart but I’ve field dressed one and think the only way a cart would work is if you quartered it in the field and then loaded the cart. Again, no experience trying it but would think that’s the only way a cart could work
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:45 AM   #20
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And Heck of a nice Bill. Congrats
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Old 11-10-2022, 01:58 PM   #21
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If you field dressed one of those in field do you think a game cart could get it out?
How big of a boy are you?








I don't think it is happening with a mature animal.
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:08 PM   #22
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Great write up and great bull. Congrats
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:11 PM   #23
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Great animal sir.
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:16 PM   #24
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Man, I bet that was some fun. Congrats on a really nice bull !!
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:16 PM   #25
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Congrats on a nice bull!
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:16 PM   #26
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No experience with a game cart but Iíve field dressed one and think the only way a cart would work is if you quartered it in the field and then loaded the cart. Again, no experience trying it but would think thatís the only way a cart could work
I hunted with Tony a few years ago and got a bull. He gutted it in the field and it took 4 of us to get it up onto his receiver basket, which was lower than normal.

I think you'd have a pretty tough time getting one onto a game cart, whole.
Even if you were able to get it up there, pulling it would be another obstacle.
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:18 PM   #27
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No experience with a game cart but Iíve field dressed one and think the only way a cart would work is if you quartered it in the field and then loaded the cart. Again, no experience trying it but would think thatís the only way a cart could work
Yeah, I think you are right.

Congrats to the OP on a nice bull.
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:29 PM   #28
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Nice, congrats
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:31 PM   #29
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I hunted with Tony a few years ago and got a bull. He gutted it in the field and it took 4 of us to get it up onto his receiver basket, which was lower than normal.

I think you'd have a pretty tough time getting one onto a game cart, whole.
Even if you were able to get it up there, pulling it would be another obstacle.
Thank you for answering my questions when I was vetting him.
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:34 PM   #30
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Congrats. Thats been our primary meat source in my household. It's top game animal for sure!
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Old 11-10-2022, 02:37 PM   #31
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Sounds like an awesome hunt! Congrats
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Old 11-10-2022, 03:38 PM   #32
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Congrats.
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Old 11-10-2022, 04:31 PM   #33
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Congrats! Definitely on my bucket list
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Old 11-10-2022, 04:34 PM   #34
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Old 11-10-2022, 05:09 PM   #35
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Congrats on the animal. Excellent write up also. Yes Nilgai meat is awesome!
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Old 11-10-2022, 05:23 PM   #36
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Old 11-10-2022, 06:52 PM   #37
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Congrats on a great bull Jeremy!


What cartrige did you use to down him? I understand they are very tough critters.
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Old 11-10-2022, 09:38 PM   #38
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Very nice, congrats!
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Old 11-10-2022, 09:42 PM   #39
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Awesome!!!
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Old 11-10-2022, 09:48 PM   #40
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CongratsÖ.
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Old 11-10-2022, 09:58 PM   #41
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Congrats! Bucket list item for sure.
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:01 PM   #42
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If you don’t mind me asking what would a hunt like this cost?
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:19 PM   #43
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Congrats on a great bull Jeremy!


What cartrige did you use to down him? I understand they are very tough critters.
I used the guides gun, 6.8 Western. It did the trick no problem. Bullet was just under the skin on the opposite shoulder.
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:22 PM   #44
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If you donít mind me asking what would a hunt like this cost?
Night time thermal hunts seem to be cheaper, they seem to start at about $2k from the shopping around I did.
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:23 PM   #45
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That’s awesome! Congrats!
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:29 PM   #46
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Old 11-10-2022, 10:49 PM   #47
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Congrats on your bull! As far as the meat goes, it is superb!!!

This was my supper this past Tuesday. Pepper crusted nilgai tenderloin!!!!



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Old 11-10-2022, 11:11 PM   #48
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Congratulations! I've gotta try that meat someday!
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Old 11-10-2022, 11:43 PM   #49
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Congrats on a fine bull.

and Bisch that tenderloin looks fantastic!
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Old 11-11-2022, 07:45 AM   #50
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Very nice congratulations
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