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Old 02-21-2021, 06:27 PM   #151
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You guys with that modern invention GUNPOWDER have it so easy ... I'm envious -- getting in bow range was just crazy hard there.
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Old 02-21-2021, 09:19 PM   #152
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He said it was like 9 hunters
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Old 02-21-2021, 09:52 PM   #153
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Final report: it wasn't in the cards for me.

Last day in the unit was harder than the others, but not impossible. I talked to a few other hunters and they noticed there seemed to be fewer nilgai moving around. First two days I probably saw 20ish each day, but today I only saw about 5-6. They had figured out where the hunters would be and moved to the edges of the unit or in the restricted sections. I heard of a calf taken, but unsure what the final count was for today.

Overall, it was a hard hunt and even though I was unsuccessful, I am a better hunter for it. It's a great opportunity and I'm already making plans for my next attempt. Itching to get back out there already. Final count for around 10 hunters was about 8 nilgai. There wasn't a board to keep track and Georgie (the ranger) wasn't there today. The game warden, Tim, was there instead.

Thanks to all the hunters out there this weekend. We shared tips and helped each other out when needed. Georgie and Tim were also immensely helpful telling us where they last saw a group of them or helping pack up/dress a successful harvest.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:02 AM   #154
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Did anyone, hunting this past weekend, find any dead Nilgai out there from the freeze last week? More than likely they would not have died in the open but in any brush thickets that are on there.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:46 AM   #155
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Did anyone, hunting this past weekend, find any dead Nilgai out there from the freeze last week? More than likely they would not have died in the open but in any brush thickets that are on there.
Not that I heard of. The ranger nor the game warden mentioned it either. I assume if it did happen it was to very few nilgai
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Old 02-22-2021, 07:35 AM   #156
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Figured. Unless you lived down there or were half crazy, you stayed home


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Old 02-22-2021, 02:40 PM   #157
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For those of you that didn't hunt due to the weather, I think you missed out. Better luck next year

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Old 02-22-2021, 03:00 PM   #158
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Final report: it wasn't in the cards for me.

Last day in the unit was harder than the others, but not impossible. I talked to a few other hunters and they noticed there seemed to be fewer nilgai moving around. First two days I probably saw 20ish each day, but today I only saw about 5-6. They had figured out where the hunters would be and moved to the edges of the unit or in the restricted sections. I heard of a calf taken, but unsure what the final count was for today.

Sorry that it didn’t happen for you and for those that weren’t able to make the trip.

I’ll definitely be putting in again for the archery draws and hope the weather is a bit warmer next go around.


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Old 02-22-2021, 03:22 PM   #159
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Yup! They definitely should have at least tried standby spots, but of course the national refuge never does it. I would’ve been there for sure.
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Old 02-22-2021, 03:29 PM   #160
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It wasn't worth the risk, and hotels were cancelling reservations. It was a cluster up here. Would have taken 15 hrs to get there IF I stayed out of the ditches lol. But I **** sure thought about it.
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Old 02-22-2021, 09:25 PM   #161
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I will absolutely put in again if they run it again, archery preferred. The place is uniquely challenging to me, much more so than the main reserve (though I cannot say I've scored there either). I just really enjoyed the fact that I was hiding and waiting, or hiding while moving, or hiding while stalking, ... basically hiding almost 100 percent of the time, with very little cover, so those critters didn't see me. Which sometimes they did anyway, and man, can they stare at you standing motionless 500 yards away for a LOOOOOOOOOONG time.
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Old 02-24-2021, 10:53 AM   #162
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When did y’all receive your orientation email?
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Old 02-24-2021, 11:02 AM   #163
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Got mine for the last hunt on the Wednesday before the hunt.

Was told there were 10 nilgai taken on last weeks hunt.
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Old 02-24-2021, 12:20 PM   #164
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Hopefully soon
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Old 02-24-2021, 01:17 PM   #165
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Post more pics! Good luck to the guys on the next hunt

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Old 02-25-2021, 07:12 AM   #166
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Mr. Whiskers and Sanne rolling 59 South. Should be there around 1.
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Old 02-25-2021, 07:20 AM   #167
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Old 02-25-2021, 09:15 AM   #168
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Mr. Whiskers and Sanne rolling 59 South. Should be there around 1.
Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions
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Old 02-27-2021, 09:35 PM   #169
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Anyone have any luck?


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Old 02-28-2021, 08:28 AM   #170
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There were 2 killed as of yesterday afternoon. Lots of walking and more walking. Pretty much every critter we saw was running. One in our group had a good opportunity but missed.
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:17 AM   #171
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They run when they see you before you see them.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:17 PM   #172
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They run when they see you before you see them.
Man I wished I’d of known that before I went. Duly noted ������
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:15 AM   #173
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Man I wished I’d of known that before I went. Duly noted ������
I had mentioned before. Pick a spot and hunt it. They will eventually go by. Several times I had nilgai headed my way only to be spooked by hunters walking around and spooking the animals and all I could do is watch the animals turn and go the other direction. A real bummer but that is public land hunting.

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