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#6018319 - 11/08/15 07:28 PM Blackbuck
polishpreacher Offline
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Registered: 04/18/12
Posts: 85
Loc: Fredericksburg, Texas
I am hunting on a free range, low fence lease around Kerrville that has some Blackbuck that will drift in and out. What i am curious is what is considered a "trophy" Blackbuck or one that is mature.

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#6018364 - 11/08/15 07:51 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
It seems that most folks want to see 18" on a blackbuck, with good dark coloring. My wife and daughter both have bagged a 17" LF blackbuck, and they are both hanging on the wall.
My 21" blackbuck never got dark and is the color of a doe and I think he looks awesome.

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#6018485 - 11/08/15 09:01 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
7x57 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/15
Posts: 645
Loc: Laredo, TX
What SS said.

18" is about the standard for high fence ranches, 20+ is considered huge. I'd say a 16"+ would make a nice looking mount. They're one of my favorite animals out there, have never had a chance to hunt on though.

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#6018859 - 11/09/15 07:33 AM Re: Blackbuck [Re: 7x57]
therancher Offline
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Registered: 07/09/13
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Loc: Mountain Home, Uvalde, and Big...
98+ % of blackbucks are in fact not free range behind a topical goat proof fence. If they are "drifting" in from time to time, find the hole and shut it once they get in and they'll stay unless you push them really hard.


Edited by therancher (11/09/15 07:34 AM)
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#6018936 - 11/09/15 08:16 AM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
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Registered: 01/04/15
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I think most ranches consider 18" a trophy. 20" is tougher to find for sure. 22"+ is really rare and gets alot of attention. I think a dark coat, mass, and spread can help alot.

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#6020374 - 11/09/15 08:23 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
chital_shikari Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
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18"+ is a trophy. 16-17" is respectable. <15" is smallish.

Note: Black males are dominant/mature, while lighter colored ones are not.

Happy hunting!

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#6022361 - 11/10/15 08:43 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
sparrish8 Offline
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Registered: 01/13/13
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20" + would be trophy to me but everyones different

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#6022622 - 11/10/15 11:17 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
passthru Offline
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Registered: 12/05/06
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Loc: Saginaw, Tx
I took one 20.5" and he's pretty nice. I was hoping for 22 to 24". Reality is that size is tougher to come by.
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#6022974 - 11/11/15 08:41 AM Re: Blackbuck [Re: passthru]
Matloob (matpk) Offline
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Registered: 03/06/15
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Any buck turn BLACK is trophy to me,irrespective of it horn size.

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#6025483 - 11/12/15 10:51 AM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
$100 an inch +/-
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#6026337 - 11/12/15 05:59 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
John Humbert Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1666
I have different position than the others listed here. A true trophy BB will be 24" or better. I have seen upwards of 30", but these are rare. MOST of the paid HF hunts will consider a 20" large, primarily because unless the specialize and can afford to keep them many years, they don't get much bigger than that before they are sold or killed one way or another.. I know a guy north of Brady that has only WT and few BB bucks behind his fence, but oh what BB - some real whoppers. There are other ranches that have them 24" or larger, but they get really expensive and rare at that size - but they're out there if you look long enough.

On the flip side, free range animals rarely get 20", from what I can tell. I think the reason for this is they get shot or fall to predators before they get big. Even the big and old ones are no match for cats and coyotes. Now there are few big ones in Edwards county and a few up around Menard - but most free range I've seen or pics thereof are rarely more than 15"-16". Most guys I know wouldn't hesitate to shoot a 13-14" BB that wandered on their place unless they see them frequently and/or they know the group.

Where I hunt in Boerne there is a free range BB and his 4 does roaming the neighborhood. He's only about 12-13" and I haven't seen him get any bigger in the past three years. But last I saw the group there was a new fawn buck with about 1" horns. Cute. I wouldn't dream of shooting that buck, hoping the herd gets bigger. Maybe in a few years....a doe might be ready for harvest.

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#6026515 - 11/12/15 07:42 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
7x57 Offline
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Registered: 10/28/15
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Loc: Laredo, TX
30" blackbuck? Pics?

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#6026584 - 11/12/15 08:26 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: 7x57]
John Humbert Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
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Originally Posted By: TheWhiteMexican
30" blackbuck? Pics?


Let me see if I can find them. Buried amoung thousands on my phone.

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#6026604 - 11/12/15 08:37 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: 7x57]
John Humbert Offline
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This isnt the one I was looking for, but this one is upper 20's. The one I'm looking for makes this one look small

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#6026615 - 11/12/15 08:44 PM Re: Blackbuck [Re: polishpreacher]
passthru Offline
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Registered: 12/05/06
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Loc: Saginaw, Tx
Dang. eek2
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