Hunting free range Nilgai Antelope in deep South Texas has long been a hunt near the top of my bucketlist. So when my friends at First Lite mentioned they wanted to come to Texas and test/photograph some of their new gear up against the unforgiving brush, I knew Nilgai was the obvious choice.

So I started searching for a reputable outfitter that could facilitate this adventure. After referencing with a few trusted friends who have hunted with Lendall Laxton, we made the decision to go with Lendall and his L&L Hunting Service.

First Lite’s new Community Manager Kevin Harlander and professional photographer Andrew Miller flew in from Idaho and Denver respectively and we met up with Lendall at the famous Yturria Ranch in Wallacy County, Texas.

To say that we were hunting in a target rich environment would be a gross understatement. But the thing that stood out was the vast herds of free ranging nilgai that inhabit the region. We discuss the history of this non native animals and how they ended up proliferating that stretch of Texas coast. Of course we also dive into the highs and lows of the hunt itself as it was chalk full of plenty of both.

(Taping the episode at the Willimar Lodge near Raymondville, Texas)

The prize after one hellacious day and team effort:

First Lite’s Kevin Harlander was able to take his first wild boars on this hunt. I heard the First Lite team enjoyed the backstraps at headquarters in Ketchum, Idaho: