Nilgai were introduced to the King Ranch back in the 1930s, when the ranch owners bought a small herd of these Indian antelope from a bankrupt circus. Seems the dry, temperate climate of South Texas has suited these animals perfectly because today they have multiplied until they are a nuisance animal that competes with the more valuable native whitetails and also with domestic livestock. That's why the King Ranch is now offering one-day guided hunts for only $300, plus a harvest fee of $450 for a bull or $150 for a cow. The up-front fee is per gun and cannot be split between two hunters.
Just don't think it is easy to get one of these animals. They are the wariest and toughest animal on the ranch, and the hunting experience they provide is first-rate. If nilgai were a beautiful color and grew horns like African kudu, the price to hunt them would be more like $9,000. Unfortunately, their horns are mere spikes, like those on a mountain goat, and they deserve their nickname `blue bulls' because their color is indeed bluish. A fully grown animal will weigh as much as 800 pounds but sport horns of nine inches or less. On the positive side of the ledger, nilgai are good to eat and one animal produces a lot of........(continued)