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Nilgai Hunt #8458874 11/25/21 03:47 PM
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I got drawn for a nilgai hunt in the Lower Rio Grande NWR- Tecolote. I am needing some advice on how to hunt these things. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Good luck sir

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Thank you

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A nilgai is on my bucket list too, but I have yet to hunt one. Just based on research, I know that they are tough and guides say that you should use calibers in the 338 ball park. I also read that nilgai use what would be considered a "community poop pile". I assume that this will be a self-guided, spot and stalk type of hunt, so if you can find one of those poop piles, you might want to set up downwind from it and wait for them to come to you when nature calls.


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Re: Nilgai Hunt [Re: vernon1984] #8458965 11/25/21 05:07 PM
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I’ve harvested 5 nilgai. I’ve done spot and stalk and chase down in a truck. Obviously spot and stalk is more traditional and ethical, but I will say hauling [censored] in a truck was pretty fun. You need a large caliber and excellent shot placement. I lost the biggest bull I’d hunted after following a blood trail for more than an hour. It just disappeared and there was no animal to be found anywhere.

Good luck to you. It’s the best tasting wild game IMO. And if you’re doing it DIY, I would advise a game hoist to put into your receiver. They are huge and field dressing and quartering Is no easy task.

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The advice above is spot on, especially about shot placement. I put a 225 grain bullet completely through a Nilgai bull’s vitals last week, and he still went 50 yards. In some locations of south Texas, that could be a very difficult recovery. They are heavy animals with no good natural handles, so plan on either skinning/quartering in place or have a mechanical method of hoisting them. We used a UTV to pull them up in available mesquite trees.

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Last year I shot one in the neck with a 6.8spc. at about 150 yds. Thing dumped and spun around on the ground with weeds and dirt flying. I was pretty excited and put my gun in the truck and went to go get him. Nowhere to be found. No blood. I combed that 80 acres and found no sign of him. Crazy tough. Go big, high shoulder shot is the key they say. Just need to find one first.


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I taken 3....2 with 45-70. 1 with .30-'06. shot placement and multiple hits if necessary. You will be rewarded with the finest meat running loose in the state. And lots of it.

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Originally Posted by Papalote
You will be rewarded with the finest meat running loose in the state. And lots of it.


Good point. Better plan on two 120 quart coolers per quartered animal. This 7 cubic foot freezer was empty before I loaded it with Nilgai meat.

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Looking good sir

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Good luck

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Killed one with a 30-06 with little trouble. You need to break them down with the first shot, and you can follow up if needed after that.

Cool looking mount and great meat for a long time.

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Always try to move into the wind.

Shooting sticks are your friend. I use a light weight, retractable bi-pod. Some prefer tri-pods, but they are more bulky if on foot.

I've shot ten or so with a 270, but would not use that caliber if I were to go again. Love my 300 WM (180 grain) and it is desirable in my eyes.

You could encounter bulls running directly away from you. From experience, a TX Heart Shot will break down a pelvis. Just sayen'.

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