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Schmidty3
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oops.

I put in for the Laguna Atascosa NWR and the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR- Teniente combo whitetail/Nilgai hunts....

and got picked for both.

1/4-1/7 at the lower rio grande

11/17-11/21 at laguna Atascosa

Has anyone else on here ever done such a fool thing?

And does anyone have any pointers on hunting nilgai with a bow?

Lol. I'm in trouble.

I'l probably just go to the lower rio grande hunt and skip the laguna Atascosa hunt. Its a 10 hour drive from dallas. And 11/17 usually coincides with pretty good hunting in Oklahoma. But im open to suggestions!

Thanks

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David Mitchell
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Not sure how to advise you, but you should buy a mega-millions lottery ticket ASAP. [Big Grin] I guess I would do both hunts. I would like to be in such "trouble".
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You lucky bastard!
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Schmidty3
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haha... the odds are actually pretty good. Like 1/4. I didn't get picked on the first draw, but got picked on the second for both. I guess the drive down there and hard hunt dissuades a lot of people.
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If you kill a bigger Nilgai you had better have a lot of help. Call the game wardens there, and maybe, just maybe, they will drive their pickup truck to your monster and help ya. But don't count on it...
Nilgai are tough & will run for ever...good luck.

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well atleast its flat there [Not Worthy]
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I only hunted Laguna... bicycles are great to get around, but, any light rain on the ground and forget about it. Mud sticks like bubble gum on the tires and boots.
We had good time there with my buddies, its not a easy hunt, but we enjoyed being there.

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Hackbow
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I'm curious about the draw results. I was thinking about putting in. According to the TPWD website applications must be in before October 15.

https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing/hunt-category-details.phtml?OCat=NAE

Also, the nilgai hunt dates you posted are under the general (not archery) exotic NWR hunts and the site says a centerfire rifle or .40 caliber or bigger muzzeloader must be used. Will you be able to use archery equipment?

On one hand I'm happy for you, but on the other it may mean the info I have is erroneous and I am already out of the drawing for this year. It's also a shame you have 2 tags and may only use 1. The hunts aren't transferable so another hunter who would have gone if drawn is missing out.

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Schmidty3
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Mr. Hackbow. I think you are looking at it wrong. The ones you are referencing are the exotic only hunts. I drew the archery "deer" hunt. Which includes deer hogs and nilgai. I don't really intend to shoot a deer. I should have a few down by the time of this hunt.

https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing/hunt-category-details.phtml?OCat=NAD

The deadline to apply on that hunt was sept 1. Texas has a weird application deadline system. They come in waves. Some were due August 15th. Some sept 15th. Some October 15th etc.

There's no reason to not put in for both. I didn't draw either initially. I got both on the second draw. No sense in trying to shame me for a tag with 1/2 - 1/4 odds especially when I got the sloppy seconds on both. I'll throw the tag back and Texas can do what they will with it. My deadline is next week, they'll distribute it out most likely.

Going down there twice... 10+ hour drive one way, plus permit, plus expenses and vacation. It's just not ideal. It's not like I planned to get both tags. Lol.

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tomsm44
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If you don't mind me asking, what's the cost for a hunt like this? Is it pretty much just show up and fend for yourself, or do you have to use some kind of guide service? Also, are you camping, or are there cabins or motels nearby? Just moved to Texas and am curious about options for next year.

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Hackbow
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Schmidty - not trying to shame you at all, just saying it's "a shame" that a tag would go unused since the TPWD site said they're not transferable. But if you return it and they issue it to another hunter that is great. I also understand not wanting to make that trip twice - my wife is from Raymondville. The drive is brutal.

This is only my 3rd season hunting in TX. I've hunted in 10 other states and none are nearly as confusing with their info. I would never have dreamed of looking for a nilgai hunt under a "deer" hunt, so that is where my misunderstanding occurred.

Best of luck! I'm putting in for the Laguna Atascosa NWR hunt first week of Dec. I'm in Rockwall, not far from you. If I'm drawn maybe we can share some nilgai strategies.

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tomsm44 - Check out link below. It shows a map of draw hunts. You can click on each and it will give you info. Costs differ. The nilgai hunt I'm applying for is $3 for application and $130 for tag if drawn.

EDIT: no guides needed, show up and fend for yourself. The particular hunt I am applying for comes with a mandatory orientation training the day before the hunt begins. As Schmidty said, it is quite a commitment - 1 day to drive down, 1 day for orientation, 5 days for hunting, 1 day to drive back. So 8 days away from home, work, etc.

https://www2.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/public_hunt_drawing/hunt-areas.phtml

Welcome to TX. Saw your thread about moving here and it is indeed a different place to hunt in compared to most - and significantly more expensive as a resident than any other place I've lived.

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Thanks hackbow.

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'66 Kodiak: 60", 55@28
Redwing Hunter: 58", 53@28
Ben Pearson 709 Hunter: 58", 47@28
Ben Pearson 709 Hunter: 58", 42@28
Hoots Recurve: 56", 42@28

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Schmidty3
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I honestly have no idea what's going on.

$3 for a chance at a weird animal. Sure! Lol

I figure I'll just show up and be a hunter. Trust my instincts. And get it done.

~55 lb recurve and a 580 gr arrow with a cutthroat is the plan. Should get it done.

400-650 lbs and up to 4.9 feet at the shoulder. Sounds like an elk to me. Except the hunt is in flat terrain and in an impenetrable tangle of mesquite and tall grass.

Oh and apparently snakes are an issue?

Can anyone here attests to the snakeyness? Is it a real issue or just a feel good to have snake guards. I've never felt the need for guards hunting Oklahoma but haven't bumped into a ton of snakes in a short period.

I was thinking of breaking out the boot-mocs and being sneaky. But those probably aren't terribly snake proof.

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have not hunted nilgai as hunting is banned in india . soem states have begun to label them as pests and you can kill them with rifles.

regardless they are big animals with an attitude and vitality. i have seen them shrug off hits from a van and walk away. they are known to be aggressive especially the males. i would think your elk type setup will be very efficient at the job.
regards

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