THE KING RANCH—A HUNTER’S PARADISE
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.