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Need some recommendations #8109325 12/31/20 04:26 PM
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I am looking for a cool experience to celebrate my 40th this coming summer (June.) Been doing all the normal types of hunting for a long time, ducks/doves/quail/hogs/deer and continue to do so on a regular basis. Always lived and hunted in the East part of the state, from gulf coast to Red River. Wanting to see some different country, and shoot an animal that I would never have an opportunity to in normal life. Not a rich man's trophy, but a decent animal and a very memorable experience. Delicious meat is always a plus, but the experience and something radically different from another whitetail hanging on the wall takes priority.

My budget would be maxed out at $3k or so. Would really love to hear some of your thoughts and suggestions. Maybe something like a west tx audad hunt up in the mountains? I've never paid a guide in my life, or even considered shooting an exotic animal.

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Nilgai, scimitar-horned oryx, red deer in The Hill Country.


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Not seen a Nilgai in your budget but a cool south Texas animal that I’d love to eventually hunt.

I’m thinking axis, auodad, black buck and you’re in the bottom end and might be able to find a fallow or red stag.

Auodad would be one of the cooler hunts but there are lots of conflicting opinions of how they taste (they are a goat so I tend to believe it’s not great meat, even if it it’s edible) so for that reason, I’d probably pick one of the others but I would like to kill one eventually.

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June is a great time to hunt Axis as the rut is just getting going.

I know a few places where you can get an Axis for $3000, and the place I have hunted twice offers a buck and a doe for that. That price also includes lodging and food. Figure another $500 for tips to your guide and the cooks. Axis is some of the best game meat available as well.


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Malone Outdoors can set you up with one of the following great trophies. Jacobs 4 Horn, Oryx Bull, Persian or Blackbuck on 2600 acres in Valleymills, Tx. For $1000 more we could even do a Persian Ibex


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Some of this stuff is sounding pretty cool, need to do some research. I will say one additional thing.... I am definitely not interested in just sitting in a box blind and waiting on something to walk out. I do plenty of that already. I am looking for some quarry that requires some moving around!

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You can definitely find good Nilgai hunts for your budget, and I would second (or third) that recommendation, it's an amazing experience.


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Nilgai hunting fun stuff as above.

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Texas Aoudad in west TX mountains. Totally different terrain, weather and shooting cross canyon.


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You can do a lot with 3k , I think a true west Texas free range auodad would be a blast

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Why do you have to stay in Texas? Regardless, I would seek a free range animal and consider adding an additional element, like bow-hunting or traditional muzzleloader. For a different experience in your budget I'd consider a bear hunt, or pronghorn hunt. If you're going to hunt a HF ranch, I'd look at animals that not too many people have, like a Barasingha.

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