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Old 04-23-2021, 10:13 PM   #1
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So my cousin and I have stumbled upon some information on the web that there are salt flats and little islands in South Texas maybe around Port Mansfield or off the bay from the King Ranch where you can hunt Nilgai that have escaped a ranch and populated the areas. If anyone has any hints or tips, we have an elite onx membership so E-scouting isn't an issue. If you could shoot me a message with a little help that would be awesome! Please and thank you.
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Old 04-23-2021, 10:30 PM   #2
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Best tip, 100% make sure you aren’t on King or El Sauz property!
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Old 04-23-2021, 10:43 PM   #3
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Best tip, 100% make sure you arenít on King or El Sauz property!
100% that's why we're relying on this onx app
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Old 04-24-2021, 08:51 PM   #4
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Probably not meant for DIY, I’m interested in this also though. Good luck on your search.
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:25 PM   #5
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Best tip, 100% make sure you arenít on King or El Sauz property!
Yea, ain't that the truth. Would not want to be there, with guns and find out the hard way, I was on the wrong piece of land.
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Old 04-25-2021, 12:35 AM   #6
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The only spot Iíve heard of is the Laguna Atascosa, but that is draw only


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Old 04-25-2021, 06:37 AM   #7
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Those spoils are a pretty grey area. Not sure how accurate on X is with theses types of areas but I’d definitely verify with a local GW before making a trip.
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Old 04-25-2021, 09:59 AM   #8
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I believe TPWD uses OnX too, so it should be accurate. You might double check me on that tho.


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Old 04-25-2021, 06:03 PM   #9
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Not sure where you got this secret information, but there is a chance someone poached those Nilgai and made up some imaginary spoil islands that are public access...
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Old 04-25-2021, 06:38 PM   #10
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Its a super grey area at best

I know people that have shot both whitetail and nilgai but there's zero chance of me making that trip.
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:08 PM   #11
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Not sure where you got this secret information, but there is a chance someone poached those Nilgai and made up some imaginary spoil islands that are public access...
Nah itís real spots, there are photos of peopleís harvests.
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:09 PM   #12
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Its a super grey area at best

I know people that have shot both whitetail and nilgai but there's zero chance of me making that trip.
Yeah Iíve heard the trip is grueling but Iím sure worth it!
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Old 04-25-2021, 07:11 PM   #13
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Those spoils are a pretty grey area. Not sure how accurate on X is with theses types of areas but Iíd definitely verify with a local GW before making a trip.
Yeah weíre gunna make a trip down to meet with a GW to get some in person info.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:06 PM   #14
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There are areas of the bays where the general law of if the mean high tide covers it then it is public. The guy that used to be the onsite manager for Baffin Bay Inn found out the hard way that there are parts of the King Ranch that his rule does not apply. He had built some duck blinds and came out to find them all burned to the water line. After some court battle they found out the property line ran across the mouth of some of these back lakes...

So, be very careful down there, money strongly influenced how things were done back then to benefit the big land owners.
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Old 04-27-2021, 10:34 AM   #15
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The spoil islands on the east side of the land cut is where most kill Nilgai. Easy to load on a no side Shallowsport, not so easy with a boat with sides.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:07 PM   #16
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I've done it lots

Easiest the creek down by riviera
Los Olmos
Lots of big bulls to the east of 77..west is another story I wouldn't go that way anymore unless your balls drag in the sand
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:27 PM   #17
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The spoil islands on the east side of the land cut is where most kill Nilgai.
Depending on where you are discussions, you may be on National Seashore.

Trespassing with a firearm while poaching on federal parks land…….hmmmm.
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Old 05-05-2021, 08:15 AM   #18
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I've done it lots

Easiest the creek down by riviera
Los Olmos
Lots of big bulls to the east of 77..west is another story I wouldn't go that way anymore unless your balls drag in the sand
We used to hunt on both sides of Olmos all through high school. You could drive a four wheeler as far west as you could. Rule was as long as you stayed on the sand you were good, once hit the vegetation your trespassing. But the King and Kennedy raised heck about trespass by projectile and won. You could then hunt it with shotguns and buck shot only till eventually you just could not hunt it anymore.
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Old 05-05-2021, 08:26 AM   #19
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I've done it lots

Easiest the creek down by riviera
Los Olmos
Lots of big bulls to the east of 77..west is another story I wouldn't go that way anymore unless your balls drag in the sand


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We used to hunt on both sides of Olmos all through high school. You could drive a four wheeler as far west as you could. Rule was as long as you stayed on the sand you were good, once hit the vegetation your trespassing. But the King and Kennedy raised heck about trespass by projectile and won. You could then hunt it with shotguns and buck shot only till eventually you just could not hunt it anymore.


From what Iím seeing, the Olmos is entirely private land east of 77....


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Old 05-05-2021, 09:16 AM   #20
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It was very well known and hunted 30 years ago. I was personally checked down there numerous times by a game warden. They would warn you every time to stay off the vegetation. Even though the fence line was about 50 yards from the vegetation line on both sides. There was no On X maps back then. I think they really started cracking down on that area about 15 years ago. Lots of locals hunted there.
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Old 05-05-2021, 09:20 AM   #21
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Used to duck hunt the mouth of olmos creek right up to a couple years ago. Lots of folks still do. But the spoils your referring to are way further south from there.
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Old 05-05-2021, 02:25 PM   #22
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Depending on where you are discussions, you may be on National Seashore.

Trespassing with a firearm while poaching on federal parks landÖÖ.hmmmm.
The spoils created by dredging the ICW are not Federal park land.
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So my cousin and I have stumbled upon some information on the web that there are salt flats and little islands in South Texas maybe around Port Mansfield or off the bay from the King Ranch where you can hunt Nilgai that have escaped a ranch and populated the areas. If anyone has any hints or tips, we have an elite onx membership so E-scouting isn't an issue. If you could shoot me a message with a little help that would be awesome! Please and thank you.
Use to hunt Los Olmos creek which divided the King and Kenedy. Make dam sure you are not on their property. They abide by the 3- S's. It is a very gray area, and wardens and Kineno's are on the lookout all the time. Stay in the tidal flats, and don't cross the mean tide line.
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The spoils created by dredging the ICW are not Federal park land.
You might wanna check who claims ownership. Some are even owned and regulated by the Nature Conservancy.
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Old 05-05-2021, 07:28 PM   #25
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Use to hunt Los Olmos creek which divided the King and Kenedy. Make dam sure you are not on their property. They abide by the 3- S's. It is a very gray area, and wardens and Kineno's are on the lookout all the time. Stay in the tidal flats, and don't cross the mean tide line.
Los Olmos creek doesnít divide the King and Kennedy.
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Los Olmos creek doesnít divide the King and Kennedy.
Whatever it divides, it use to be huntable property. It may only divide one division of the KR from the other. I was told otherwise. Donít know the boundaries of the ranches.
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Old 05-05-2021, 08:33 PM   #27
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Depending on where you are discussions, you may be on National Seashore.

Trespassing with a firearm while poaching on federal parks landÖÖ.hmmmm.
Yeah. Definitely donít get caught on the East side of the Land
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