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Old 02-26-2018, 12:30 PM   #51
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Been a bit busy, so I haven't had a chance to follow up. The short story is, I came back home with some good memories but no nilgai.
I biked/walked 5 miles Thursday scouting around, and 10 miles each Friday and Saturday. There was one bull taken Friday and one, that I know of, taken Saturday. Both were on the northern part of the Refuge. I was hunting the south and west areas. Saw a lot of javelina and whitetails, but only saw one nilgai bull. I came up on his downwind side and didn't see him until he spooked probably about 30 yards away from me.

Not being able to use powered vehicles is a real disadvantage for hunting the refuge. We were back at the parking lot when the groups that killed were coming back from the field and they were exhausted. The near 90 degree heat didn't help matters much.

That being said, I had a good time and would do it all over again. The only thing I would do differently is to buy my liquor before I got to Raymondville. There is only one liquor store in town and the shelves were pretty much bare! :-)
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Old 09-18-2018, 06:29 PM   #52
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My 11 and 14 year old sons have been selected for the youth hunt on 11/9/18. Any info on this unit would be great.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:52 PM   #53
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My 16 Year Old Daughter was selected for the youth hunt 12/21-12/23. We are experienced in back country hunting for Elk out West but this will be our first experience here.
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Old 09-26-2018, 05:07 PM   #54
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My 16 Year Old Daughter was selected for the youth hunt 12/21-12/23. We are experienced in back country hunting for Elk out West but this will be our first experience here.
Cool me and my 11 year old will be there that same weekend. Gonna try to get there on Wednesday day and scout Thursday before the hunt.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:21 AM   #55
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We plan on doing the same, have you figured out where to stay yet?
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:46 PM   #56
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Really liked this hunt last year, alot of good places to hunt out there too! Let me know if yall have any questions about the East Lake Unit.
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:53 PM   #57
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My 15yo got drawn for jan 4. For these youth it is a deer hunt with chance for exotics. Most threads are about the nilgai which we would both be ecstatic to see and/or harvest. What's the deer population like? Better areas in the unit for one or the other?
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Old 09-27-2018, 12:59 PM   #58
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Deer are definitely out there, I saw more Nilgai then deer but i believe they are always going back and forth from the private property. saw a lot of fence crossing areas going back and forth.
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:25 PM   #59
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Bringing this back to the top. Just found out i was drawn for East Lake 2-15 to 2-17 and would love some insight on where you guys found the Nilgai to be moving when you were there. I've got a basic understanding of the property already.

I'll just admit it... I know zero about how a Nilgai behaves.
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:58 AM   #60
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I drew for the next weekend! Good luck


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Old 10-22-2018, 09:16 AM   #61
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I got picked for that last weekend in February as well. Would definitely appreciate any advice or info that anyone is willing to share.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:15 AM   #62
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Drew on a Pending 2nd for Feb 22-24. Had a couple close encounters last year on an Archery Laguna hunt but couldn’t close the deal. Looking forward to settling the score this time!
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:16 PM   #63
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Congrats, my brother ended up not being able to go after getting drawn, maybe you got his throwback, best of luck

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Old 10-29-2018, 09:19 AM   #64
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Hi, I am new to the forums, I drew a rifle tag but found this site to be very helpful. I have a few questions if you dont mind? Any help would be great but I was wondering about packing out. Do you know if they let non-hunters on to help pack out? Also, is spot/stalk or ambush style work best out there? Anyone else on here draw for feb 8-10th? Thanks

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Old 10-29-2018, 01:35 PM   #65
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Hi, I am new to the forums, I drew a rifle tag but found this site to be very helpful. I have a few questions if you dont mind? Any help would be great but I was wondering about packing out. Do you know if they let non-hunters on to help pack out? Also, is spot/stalk or ambush style work best out there? Anyone else on here draw for feb 8-10th? Thanks

I asked about someone that's not drawn if they could come along to help me out last year and they just look at is as a liability issue. The park rangers are very nice and helpful but they would rather it just be you. Call and talk to em maybe they would make an exception but i was down there last year by myself too. i would say ambush is best, a lot of roads, trails and fence lines to sit on.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:35 PM   #66
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I drew on feb 8-10th also and would love to get more info. From what I saw they only allow the permitted hunters out there.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:19 AM   #67
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On your permit there will be a phone number for the local dispatch center for the Federal wardens. If you shoot a Nilgai you can call that number and ask for assistance. It's up to the wardens and they may or may not be able to make it. When my son shot his bull we called and gave our location and they came out and drove in. They helped us drag it out to the truck and then drove him out to the parking lot. Made a world of difference.

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Old 10-30-2018, 07:36 AM   #68
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I got drawn for 12/7-12/9. I'm super excited and nervous at the same time. Anyone else get drawn for those dates?
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:45 PM   #69
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Hey guys. Also new to the forum. My girlfriend and I both drew for the 2/8-2/10 rifle tag.

I'm thinking about picking up a new rifle for this hunt specifically for my girlfriend to shoot. Anyone here have any thoughts on the BAR Mark II Safari in 300 Win Mag for this hunt? I'm thinking that would be a good combo of weight, recoil, knock down power, and ease of follow up shots....

Great info on this thread! Looking forward to seeing some of you guys out there.

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Old 11-05-2018, 08:07 PM   #70
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Hey guys. Also new to the forum. My girlfriend and I both drew for the 2/8-2/10 rifle tag.

I'm thinking about picking up a new rifle for this hunt specifically for my girlfriend to shoot. Anyone here have any thoughts on the BAR Mark II Safari in 300 Win Mag for this hunt? I'm thinking that would be a good combo of weight, recoil, knock down power, and ease of follow up shots....

Great info on this thread! Looking forward to seeing some of you guys out there.
I know nothing of this gun, but a 300 win mag is perfect for Nilgai. Shoot a good bullet like Nosler Partitions in the heaviest grain you can find.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:43 AM   #71
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If it makes ya feel better people do take these animals with arrows! not saying go in there with a .243 but don't feel that you need the heaviest of gun to take these animals, shot placement is everything in my opinion. if you look up and study the anatomy of these animals and know where your heart shot is then that should help you out as well.
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:51 PM   #72
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How'd the first hunt go?
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Old 11-30-2018, 11:17 AM   #73
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This will be my first Nilgai hunt. I've tried to do some research about shot placement and have found that there's pretty much two schools of thought. 1. put it through the shoulder to hit vitals and take out a leg for running and 2. hit below their hump to try and spine them to anchor for a follow up shot. I'll be shooting a 300wm and was wondering if y'all had some personal experience with it?
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:31 PM   #74
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Not at East Lake, but have shot and killed 3 nilgai cows several years ago, like 15+ years back. Used a 3006 for all my kills using 165grain Speer grand slams I hand loaded myself. Two were one shot kills. I always aimed for the upper shoulder. I hunted East Lake last year on a shotgun/muzzle loader only hunt for deer, or nilgai if you saw them. As you can imagine, our shots had to be close. Good luck.
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:39 PM   #75
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Well the packing starts tomorrow. Me and Goose are headed down to Raymondville on Wednesday. Gonna scout on Thursday and then give em heck on Friday and Saturday. Staying at the La Quinta if anyone wants to meet up and philosophize about life in general.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:17 PM   #76
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Thereís a nice place across the high way that has good food and cold beverages. The wings are especially good. Take everything you need because there isnít a wall mart close by.


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Old 12-16-2018, 06:29 PM   #77
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Well the packing starts tomorrow. Me and Goose are headed down to Raymondville on Wednesday. Gonna scout on Thursday and then give em heck on Friday and Saturday. Staying at the La Quinta if anyone wants to meet up and philosophize about life in general.
Good luck to y'all Zack.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:37 PM   #78
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Well the packing starts tomorrow. Me and Goose are headed down to Raymondville on Wednesday. Gonna scout on Thursday and then give em heck on Friday and Saturday. Staying at the La Quinta if anyone wants to meet up and philosophize about life in general.

Good luck Sweet. I went two weekends ago and had a blast. I didn't get to bring anything home, but I took a shot at a doe but I rushed the shot due to her getting close to walking into the brush and shot over her. I saw several nilgai cows, does, and one nice wide 8pt. Came across a nice bull that had been dead for several days.
One guy shot a juvenile bull but that's it. We saw some rut activity also. Best of luck to you
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:44 PM   #79
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We are trying to get down Wednesday as well. Kid said he may have a test Thurs am. Is the LaQuinta about the same distance as rest. If so I’ll try staying there as well.
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Old 12-16-2018, 06:54 PM   #80
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We are trying to get down Wednesday as well. Kid said he may have a test Thurs am. Is the LaQuinta about the same distance as rest. If so Iíll try staying there as well.
Yes they're all around the same distance. The only difference would be price. Good luck Glen, bring home a big one.... FYI game warden (Longoria) stopped by in the evening of the first day. He gave other hunters warnings on different violations and gave me a citation for expired tags on my dads truck (i borrowed his truck in case i got a big one) He was really looking for any little thing.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:10 PM   #81
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Well the packing starts tomorrow. Me and Goose are headed down to Raymondville on Wednesday. Gonna scout on Thursday and then give em heck on Friday and Saturday. Staying at the La Quinta if anyone wants to meet up and philosophize about life in general.


Good luck interested in your reports. Iím headed there in February


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Old 12-17-2018, 11:56 AM   #82
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Sweet. Just packed. Rifle. Bono’s 2 stools- small blind- shooting sticks- backpacks. Two ice chests. Just checked and it all easily fits in my Prius. Leaving truck at home. Ive started leaving the diesel burner in driveway unless pulling boat or trailer
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Old 12-17-2018, 02:27 PM   #83
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Good luck guys. Please pass along some updates. My 15 yo drew for a hunt in January. He’s pretty stoked.
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:56 PM   #84
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Have no idea if we will connect tomorrow. We scouted today. Put over 8 miles on the boots. Saw a total of 9 Nalgai and a few whitetail. We have a place in mind that is 3.6 miles from parking lot. Gonna have an early walk in and hoping a slow heavy walk out with
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:55 PM   #85
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seeing 9 Nilgai is a good sign. Were any of them in range?
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:11 PM   #86
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If it makes ya feel better people do take these animals with arrows! not saying go in there with a .243 but don't feel that you need the heaviest of gun to take these animals, shot placement is everything in my opinion. if you look up and study the anatomy of these animals and know where your heart shot is then that should help you out as well.


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Old 12-20-2018, 11:57 PM   #87
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How's the hunt progressing?
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:36 AM   #88
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Good luck Glen and Sweet. It looks to be a pretty morning. I hope you guys get something. Please jeep us updated...im headed to work
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:36 AM   #89
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Oops...keep
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:05 AM   #90
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Get em Glen! Hope you and the kid have a great day!!!
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:25 AM   #91
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Hope yíall do well Glenn


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Old 12-21-2018, 02:42 PM   #92
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A nilgai is down. Will let him post up story.
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:49 PM   #93
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:17 PM   #94
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Well we just got done with day 1. We scouted yesterday and hiked in 3.5 miles in the dark. We had stored some stools overnight and some gallon water bottles. We moved in and got under a tree. Have no idea type but only ones that are dark green. We had only been sitting down about 15 minutes when here came a cow and a couple smaller. 200 yards out headed straight at us. I told him to wait and break but shoulders or high shoulder when she gave him the shot. About 100 yards out he whispers what if they keep coming straight at me. I said if she gets to about 50 put it dead center low. Well he hit her hard but she ate it. 2 hours of looking and not even a drop of blood. Head down and we are both spent. We moved down he clearing about another 100 yards to settle in for rest of the day and had little hope. 10 minutes later he says I’m gonna shoot that first one the steps out broadside. Grass was high so he took high shoulder shot. 7RUM barked and she hit the ground.
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:21 PM   #95
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We deboned and packed out in one trip and with 2 twenty pound bags of ice the 120 Yeti is full. Canít get a picture from phone to load
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:42 PM   #96
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:58 PM   #97
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Just went to Bass Pro and got a cart. Kid broke his pack. We did see a few deer that we could have easily taken. I’d post pics but can’t on phone
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:00 PM   #98
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Hope yall get some more in the morning Glen!
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:31 PM   #99
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