M. Davis and his Texas nilgai.
By Leighann Bodenchuk, Editorial Assistant
We've received two reports this month on outfitter Wildlife Systems Inc. (https://wildlifesystems.com
; 325-655-0877). Both hunts took place on H. Yturria ranches in south Texas. The three properties of the Yturria ranches total 25,000 acres.
First up, subscriber M. Davis tells us about his nilgai hunt with guide Mike Lassig. Davis hunted with a group of friends and all were successful. The members of the group hunted alone until they got their nilgai and then they rode along for the other hunts. Davis reported seeing a total of 75 to 100 nilgai during his hunt. He says most were in small groups of three to seven, with the largest group around 15 animals.
Davis and his guide got lucky on the second evening after finding a lone bull. They put in multiple stalks trying to get to the right spot. Davis says it's much easier to stalk an animal that is alone, as there aren't as many eyes watching. Although Wildlife Systems imposes a minimum caliber of .300 magnum to shoot nilgai, Davis used his Ruger .416 because he wanted some practice with it before his Cape buffalo hunt in Africa. He made a single shot at 165 yards but says, "be prepared to shoot at 200 to 250 yards." Although Davis did not have any issue tracking his nilgai, it's important to note that nilgai rarely leave a blood trail, making tracking difficult....