Antelope is an import from the once game rich continent of India. Their
first appearance is said to have been in the 1930's when the famous King
Ranch brought a few to their property just to look at. They have multiplied
to an almost pest status in the millions of acres surrounding the King
Ranch since then.
One of the
main characteristics of the mature males of this species is the bluish,
slate color of its hide. The females and young males of the species are
tan in color. This Nilgai has a number of nicknames, but the most used
is the Blue Bull.
A big bull
can weigh over 600 pounds and the females tipping the scales up to 450
pounds. Although the Nilgai is quite large in body size it's horns will
run from 8 - 10 inches long.
these animals are probably one of the oddest looking of the exotics they
are also one of the hardest to put down. The larger calibers such as 30/06
on up are recommended when hunting this tasty but tough import to the
Texas hunting scene.
Steve Mahurin on July 30, 2000.