South Texas Nilgai

Steve and Jesse head inland to hunt for an Indian antelope known as Nilgai. An efficient hunt leaves plenty of time for Steve and Jesse to dive into butchering and cooking the wild beast for a nose-to-tail throwdown.

Related Podcast: Ep. 202: From the Two Kingdoms of Nature

In This Episode
People
Steven Rinella
Steven Rinella
Jesse Griffiths
Jesse Griffiths
Critters
Nilgai

A type of antelope native to India, Nilgai were brought to Texas in the 1920s. They now number around 30 thousand along the coast, and for many Texans, Nilgai have achieved a kind of “honorary native status.” There’s good reason for their popularity too; the meat is delicious and there is a lot of it.

Gear
Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
First Lite

It’s warm but breathable, and it’s very quiet. A very versatile do-it-all hunting jacket.

Brooks Down Sweater
First Lite

A lightweight packable insulating later, as outer layer during milder temps, and comfy for around camp.

Sawbuck Brush Pant
First Lite

These have become one of Steve’s favorite hunting pants. They’re comfortable and tough and stand up to hard backcountry use.

Wick Long Boxer Brief
First Lite

Wicking, non-stink merino base layers are the way to go in the backcountry.

Fuse Crew
First Lite

Designed for maximum versatility, the Men's Fuse Crew is the go-to base layer for the broadest range of temperature and weather conditions.

Fuse Zip Off Boot Top
First Lite

Maybe the day starts cold and gets warm. Maybe a tough climb heats you up and then a long glassing session in the wind cools things down. Zip off long johns are a game changer.

Triad 2.0 OTC Sock
First Lite

The evolution of First Lite’s best-selling Mountain Athlete Triad sock, the Triad 2.0 has been designed with all pivotal details in mind.

Corrugate Guide Jacket
First Lite

There is a lot of stretch and breathability in Corrugate, so it’s perfect for active hunts.

Horizontal Logo Premium Hoody
First Lite

With a jersey-lined hood and dialed-in fit, you'll never want to take this one off.

Bino Harness Pro-M
FHF Gear

Everything where you need it in a tough, ergonomic setup.

Kestrel Boot
Schnee's

Lightweight mountain boot that is perfect for hot country.