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Old 01-12-2020, 02:14 PM   #1
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Default Finally got my Nilgai

I had been down to the valley 3 times trying to kill a Nilgai and all 3 times I have come home broken hearted and with empty coolers

Twice was vŪa drawn Tpwd archery hunts at Laguna Atascosa and another time last January hunting private lands thru a family connection. All three trips were still fun, but I have had nothing but Nilgai revenge in my mind all year

My best bud and I decided to book a hunt via an outfitter and chose Insight Outdoors and Cody Phillips to get us on a great hunt

They didnít disappoint
We hunted all spot and stalk and looked for the animals despite a 35mph wind

We passed up several bulls and cows on the drive into the ranch, so we were excited

On our walk, we found a handful of young and good bulls, but not an old bruiser like I wanted. I didnít care about length of horns, I just wanted the body to be big. Lots of meat

An hour into our stalk,we spotted some cows in dense brush and after doing a 30 yd belly crawl, we found our bull. He wouldnít give me a shot for a while and we thought he was a lost cause, but then he changed direction and walked into a tiny open window between mesquites and I was able to put one in his heart at 40 yds

This was an amazing hunt and our guide Mando was really a true expert
We worked hard to get in position in animals that would have busted me 10 times over without his guidance

The wind was brutal all day, but ended up being a big help in getting this bull down

My buddy, Henry got his own bull later that trip and we would highly recommend Cody and his connections down there
We ended up having the good fortune to hunt with the same guide and on the same ranch that Steve Rinella filmed his recent Nilgai hunt at.

Price was right, hospitality, meat preparation and hunt were even better

The two shopping carts are the meat we dropped off at the processor
We had already taken the meat off the ribs

The tenderloin in the picture is my family dinner tonight and it weighs over 2 lbs





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Old 01-12-2020, 02:17 PM   #2
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Really nice Bull! Congrats!
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:21 PM   #3
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Congrats! Nice bull.
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:21 PM   #4
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Sweet buck! Worth the effort.
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:21 PM   #5
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Thatís a haul of meat for sure. Congrats
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:23 PM   #6
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great bull. Beautiful rifle as well. Congrats
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:26 PM   #7
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:26 PM   #8
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Congrats ! Details on your rifle ?
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:26 PM   #9
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Very nice and congrats. Love the pick with the no 1.

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Old 01-12-2020, 02:29 PM   #10
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Dang looks like a large beef cow!
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:30 PM   #11
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Man that’s a good bull, congratulations. Awesome rifle!
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Old 01-12-2020, 02:35 PM   #12
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Awesome work and thatís a ton of meat!!


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Old 01-12-2020, 02:36 PM   #13
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Nice, congrats
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Old 01-12-2020, 03:01 PM   #14
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Nice bull! The fact that you did it with single shot rifle is even better! What caliber is your Ruger?
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:09 PM   #15
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Also what knife is that?


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Old 01-12-2020, 04:11 PM   #16
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Nice, I need to go again, those are fun hunts.
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:14 PM   #17
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Rifle details

1973 ruger #1 tropical
Caliber 375 h&h
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:20 PM   #18
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Nice bull!!
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:25 PM   #19
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Congrats!!
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Old 01-12-2020, 04:37 PM   #20
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What ranch was it? I hunted with Mando at el sauz and that looks like their facilities. So many outfitters hunting the same ranches gets confusing

Heck of a bull man. Congrats!
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:00 PM   #21
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El sauz is where we stayed
We hunted yturria ranch
Bucket list ranch to hunt
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:13 PM   #22
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Awesome man!
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:15 PM   #23
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Wow! That is awesome! Congrats!
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:15 PM   #24
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That’s a lot of meat there, congrats!
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:19 PM   #25
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Quote:
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El sauz is where we stayed
We hunted yturria ranch
Bucket list ranch to hunt
Yeah I need to hunt the yturria. PM me the cost if you can
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:38 PM   #26
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Awesome bull, congrats
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:40 PM   #27
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I’ll post price here
It was very fair

Meals, lodging included at horn fin and feather private club
The owner of horn fin and feather is a good man and made sure we were treated like a normal member
which is a big deal as horn fin and feather is a private club with less than 30 members
Can’t say enough about how well we were treated

Cow or baby bull price was $1800
And trophy bull is $2900
That Included guide, skinning and meat prep to go home
They even have an ice machine for you to use

I initially went for a cow and decided to go after a trophy bull because it was an extra 100 lbs of meat and a cool euro mount

No regrets in my upgrade

I cooked the tongue tonight and the tenderloin

It was ridiculous how flavorful and tender this meat is
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:42 PM   #28
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Nice bull
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Old 01-12-2020, 05:43 PM   #29
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Congrats!!!! On my bucket list!
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:31 PM   #30
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Nice!!
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:44 PM   #31
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Congrats! Seems like a good deal too. Nilgai is high on my list.
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:48 PM   #32
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Congrats! What rifle caliber is that? Beautiful weapon btw.
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:56 PM   #33
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Good eating and lots of it!
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Old 01-12-2020, 07:54 PM   #34
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Great bull, congrats.
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Old 01-12-2020, 08:11 PM   #35
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Old 01-12-2020, 08:24 PM   #36
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Nice! Congrats!
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Old 01-12-2020, 08:39 PM   #37
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Man congrats!! Looks like a great trip!


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Old 01-12-2020, 08:55 PM   #38
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Congrats man. I've been to drawn twice as well at Laguna Atascosa and have revenge fever lile crazy. Very majestic creatures
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:25 PM   #39
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Great lookin bull !
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:28 PM   #40
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Congrats!
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:40 PM   #41
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awesome... always wanted to try a taste, ive heard they are great eating
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:18 PM   #42
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Well you used enough gun ! I like it ! I’m thinking on a 375 Ruger
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:36 PM   #43
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Congrats! Way to put in work! Sounds like it was a great hunt... and **** thatís a lotta meat! Good eating!
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:39 AM   #44
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Congrats on your success Jay!

Lot of cool details to this hunt. I shoulda went!
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:40 AM   #45
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Nice!
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:56 AM   #46
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MAN, I want to do that!! Congrats.
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:05 AM   #47
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I have been fortunate enough to hunt the Horn Fin and Feather through a connection with one of my daughter's friends. That is an impressive place for a poor East Texas country boy and definitely a "once in a lifetime" experience.
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:18 AM   #48
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Basket full of groceries fo sho.
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:20 AM   #49
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Congrats to you!
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Old 01-13-2020, 08:23 AM   #50
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Very impressive and appreciate you sharing.

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