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#6188381 - 02/18/16 01:37 AM free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt?
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Light Foot

Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 26
Loc: WI
Hello All. I've never hunted in Texas, but will drive down from WI next month for South by Southwest in Austin. Would like to do a fair chase, free range meat hunt for Axis, Oryx or Nilgai. Any deals on a cull, doe, broken horn, etc. hunt? A challenging hunt is welcome. Looking forward to seeing what the Lone Star has to offer. Can bring a 300WSM or 338Mag for long-range or 9.3x62 or 416 Rigby for short range. Rattlers not an issue there this time of year? Any advice, recommendations or offers are very much appreciated. Thank you.


Edited by WI_Hunter (02/18/16 03:03 AM)
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#6188395 - 02/18/16 03:40 AM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Registered: 09/24/14
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Loc: Bastrop, Texas
Hey Steve, Welcome to the forum! We have a section for Outfitters and guides just a little further down the list. that might be the best place to ask this question.
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#6188505 - 02/18/16 07:28 AM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Registered: 03/09/14
Posts: 167
Welcome. There are a lot of great outfitters on here and I'm sure they will chime in shortly. The only advice I can give you is give yourself some extra time when driving down this time of year. It never fails I always get stuck in a ice storm somewhere in Oklahoma. Good luck on your search from a fellow Cheesehead!

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#6188634 - 02/18/16 08:23 AM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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#6188637 - 02/18/16 08:25 AM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5446
Loc: texas
Welcome to the Texas hunting forum! Glad to hear your wanting to come to our beautiful state. Your 300wsm will work best for hunting here unless you do go after nilgai, and if that's the case bring the biggest caliber you have. They are tough animals. I personally would recommend axis, black buck, and/or red stag. I've heard Oryx is pretty good too, but I have no personal experience with it. If your looking for a deal I doubt Oryx is in your ballpark though as they can get pricey.
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#6188905 - 02/18/16 10:16 AM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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I've taken and eaten all three. Slightly different, depends on what you're in the mood for.

Axis: Mild venison, very tasty

Nilgai: More like lean beef to me

Scimitar Oryx: Somewhere in between. Not gamey, very good.

The .300 will be fine for Axis or Scimi. If Nilgai I'd go .338WM.

Axis does will be cheapest option starting around $300. You can find Nilgai cows for $800. Broken-horn or deformed-horn scimis occasionally pop up for not much more, but are rare.

Other good options are Red deer hinds, or possibly cow elk.
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#6189881 - 02/18/16 06:52 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Registered: 04/24/13
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Red deer hinds or axis doe!

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#6189945 - 02/18/16 07:27 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: turkeykillet]
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Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 26
Loc: WI
Thanks turkeykillet! Go Pack go! I'm hoping for good weather and will take a couple days to drive down.
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#6189957 - 02/18/16 07:32 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Light Foot

Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 26
Loc: WI
What an awesome welcome from this forum. The advice and information is great! I have a feeling that I'll be making many trips down to the great state of Texas in the coming years! I think I'll start with Axis (also have a spot-and-stalk hog hunt lined up) and will do a Nilgai hunt in the near future. Texas BBQ, Shiner Bock, and hunting fair chase exotics ...doesn't get better than this!!
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#6190034 - 02/18/16 08:08 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Registered: 03/09/14
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Be carefull Texas is a very addictive state. I never even get north of the border and I'm already planning my next trip!

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#6190046 - 02/18/16 08:14 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 636
Loc: Kimble, County Texas
$200.00 per day $1500 oryx broken horn or bent female $2000.00 meat addax $350.00 axis does.
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#6191344 - 02/19/16 06:31 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: WI_Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: WI_Hunter
Hello All. I've never hunted in Texas, but will drive down from WI next month for South by Southwest in Austin. Would like to do a fair chase, free range meat hunt for Axis, Oryx or Nilgai. Any deals on a cull, doe, broken horn, etc. hunt? A challenging hunt is welcome. Looking forward to seeing what the Lone Star has to offer. Can bring a 300WSM or 338Mag for long-range or 9.3x62 or 416 Rigby for short range. Rattlers not an issue there this time of year? Any advice, recommendations or offers are very much appreciated. Thank you.
rattlers in south Texas are an issue any time of year, just bring a buddy to suck the venom out, unless you sit on one, he might not want to do that


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#6191362 - 02/19/16 06:46 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: turkeykillet]
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Registered: 02/06/10
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Loc: Fredericktown, Ohio
Originally Posted By: turkeykillet
Be carefull Texas is a very addictive state. I never even get north of the border and I'm already planning my next trip!


I sure second this! Welcome aboard. clap texas


Edited by Chief Joe (02/19/16 06:49 PM)
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#6191635 - 02/19/16 10:46 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: colt45]
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Light Foot

Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 26
Loc: WI
Ha! Ok, I'll watch where I sit. Correct, we don't do such things in the Upper Midwest. :-)
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#6191636 - 02/19/16 10:46 PM Re: free range Axis, Oryx or Nilgai meat hunt? [Re: Chief Joe]
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Light Foot

Registered: 02/17/16
Posts: 26
Loc: WI
Thanks!
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