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I’m now able to think about hunting those things I’ve never hunted because I gave up hunting white tails..

I have never really thought about exotics in Texas, but I now am looking at things I normally wouldn’t go after so …

I like to eat great meat, but don’t want to shoot something in a zoo…

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I heard axis deer is tasty, and you can find them on a pretty big ranch, big enough to be fair to hunt.

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ingwe and some others have me convinced a Nilgai hunt is worth doing…..


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Check out a Nilgai hunt. Meat is incredible and you get a lot of it. But the biggest thing is that you can find a hunt for a very reasonable price. I’ve been lucky enough to be an invited guest on two Nilgai & Deer hunts in South Texas on a private deal, so I can’t recommend an outfitter, but I enjoyed the hunt and the meat so much that I’ve looked into it. Last time I checked about $2500 would buy a bull hunt, which is far cheaper then almost anything else out there. They also make a very neat mount that is rather unique. And I can assure you that you won’t have to worry about feeling like shooting a tame zebra. Those things are like ghosts. Only catch a glimpse every now and then. Most of the time when you see them they have already seen you and they are headed for cover. I wasn’t interested in them until I got the chance to hunt them. Now I know better.

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Plenty of free range axis in Texas.


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Originally Posted by plumbum
I heard axis deer is tasty, and you can find them on a pretty big ranch, big enough to be fair to hunt.



^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


THIS

If you hunt axis and eat them, you'll never hunt whitetail again.


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Originally Posted by Pappy348
ingwe and some others have me convinced a Nilgai hunt is worth doing…..


^^^^^^^^^^^


This too...


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There are opportunities for Oryx in NM as well. Free range auodad and axis in TX and others on ranches in TX that are big enough where even though they are fenced, you honestly won’t be able to tell,

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Axis is great eating, Aoudads are not, Black buck wasn’t too good either.

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Don't forget about sika.


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Nilgai is great table fare. Also good are fallow deer does. An old Sika buck, on the other hand, is to be avoided!


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You can hunt free ranging exotics, if you want a hunt

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As others have pointed out there are several outfitters that offer free range Axis hunts in Texas. They are a great eating animal and make a beautiful mount.

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Auodad aren't even fit to be ground for tacos. Ask me how I know..........LOL

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Originally Posted by Razorhog
Auodad aren't even fit to be ground for tacos. Ask me how I know..........LOL



But they ARE fun to hunt and a real artist can make edible sausage from them....


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Originally Posted by ingwe
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Auodad aren't even fit to be ground for tacos. Ask me how I know..........LOL



But they ARE fun to hunt and a real artist can make edible sausage from them....


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A free-range Auodad hunt can be a really good challenge, and the scenery in West Texas is pretty awesome.

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Originally Posted by Razorhog
Auodad aren't even fit to be ground for tacos. Ask me how I know..........LOL


They taste fine, even older rams. Taste like meat.

Get the hide off asap, and get the quarters on ice asap. Ya, if you load it up in the pickup, hide on, guts in, and drive to the processor, it probably does taste like schiet.

The actual truth is, most folks that hunt them don't want to take the time or make the effort to cut one up. It's way easier to say they taste like crap and leave them lay.

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Elk’49 that is a gorgeous axis.

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A Nilgai hunt on one of the wildlife refuges would be fun I would think.

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That's a stud Axis Sir.

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