THE KING RANCH—A HUNTER’S PAR­ADISE

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The King Ranch (King-Ranch.com) is a mas­sive, 825,000-acre hunter’s par­adise lo­cated near Kingsville, Texas. It is pro­fes­sion­ally man­aged for white­tail deer, nilgai, turkey, feral hog, javelina and other game. Hun­ters can use firearms or archery tackle to chase the wild game of their dreams just miles away from the Gulf of Mex­ico.

The Wil­son Com­bat hunt fo­cused on nilgai, a non-na­tive an­te­lope species found na­tively in the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent. Nilgai were im­ported to the United States in the early 1920s and 1930s, with the King Ranch cre­at­ing its pop­u­la­tion from brood stock (mostly from the San Diego Zoo­log­i­cal Gar­den) in the late 1920s. Nilgai are large and can weigh more than 500 pounds. They stand nearly 5 feet tall at the shoul­der and al­most 7 feet tall at the head. Nilgai are gifted with great vi­sion, a keen sense of smell and swift legs, so any nilgai hunt is a chal­lenge.

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