My first capybara!


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alfon99
July 8, 2013, 07:29 PM
Today I shot my first capybara, after days of searching. But finally we found it (and a big one!). I used my 16 gauge shotgun, loaded with a 0.9 oz slug in the right barrel, and #1 buck in the left barrel. I first saw it looking at me and I pointed the shotgun in between his eyes, and shot him a #1 buck, right in the face. After that it jumped into water and tried to swim, but I shot him with the slug, and then it just sinked. With help of a friend we could bring him out of the water. What do you think? http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y477/Alfon99/DSC_0765_zps3d05faf4.jpg (http://s1276.photobucket.com/user/Alfon99/media/DSC_0765_zps3d05faf4.jpg.html)

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Chevelle SS
July 8, 2013, 07:31 PM
Pretty slick. So is a capybara like a pig or something different?

allaroundhunter
July 8, 2013, 07:40 PM
Pretty slick. So is a capybara like a pig or something different?

Not really similar. The Capybara is in the rodent family.

alfon99
July 8, 2013, 07:44 PM
Pretty slick. So is a capybara like a pig or something different?
In size and weight it is pretty much like a hog. This one weighed 60 kg. Of course capybaras are rodents.

Chevelle SS
July 8, 2013, 08:02 PM
So you shot a giant mouse....... Cool!

alfon99
July 8, 2013, 08:18 PM
So you shot a giant mouse....... Cool!
Thanks!

LeonCarr
July 8, 2013, 08:23 PM
alfon99,

Are those good to eat?

There are a few people here in the US that have those as pets. According to one article they can be trained just like dogs :).

Thank you for the great story and the picture. Looks like that 16 Gauge took care of it good.

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

alfon99
July 8, 2013, 08:42 PM
alfon99,

Are those good to eat?

There are a few people here in the US that have those as pets. According to one article they can be trained just like dogs :).

Thank you for the great story and the picture. Looks like that 16 Gauge took care of it good.

Just my .02,
LeonCarr
Yes, they are very good to eat, here capybara hunting is very popular and it is full of them.

Patocazador
July 8, 2013, 08:42 PM
I saw a big one at Silver Springs. They are huge .. for a rat.

Congratulations Alfon.

alfon99
July 8, 2013, 08:43 PM
I saw a big one at Silver Springs. They are huge .. for a rat.

Congratulations Alfon.
Thanks, and yes, they are huge! I heard some may weigh up to 80 kg.

limpingbear
July 8, 2013, 09:26 PM
They are giant guinea pigs.....From what I hear they taste pretty good.

MCgunner
July 9, 2013, 01:25 PM
Dayum, that's a big squirrel!

Nathan Detroit
July 9, 2013, 02:36 PM
According to the author of the Princess Bride, they would be classified as a ROUS - Rodents Of Unusual Size.

Texan Scott
July 9, 2013, 02:45 PM
A guinea pig in the 130- 170 lb range. ROUS for sure. I've seen them in zoos, of course.

Is it weird to wonder if they make good pets AND wonder what they taste like, at the same time?

col.lemat
July 9, 2013, 03:23 PM
You drowned him with all the lead. Nice Photo

7.62 Nato
July 9, 2013, 04:54 PM
Yes, they are very good to eat, here capybara hunting is very popular and it is full of them.
Congratulations. Assuming you will be cooking it, how is it usually prepared and served?

Patocazador
July 9, 2013, 05:07 PM
I'm not sure but I think the paca is a rodent. It's about 25-30 lbs with white spots on a reddish coat. Everyone in the boonies of Costa Rica and Honduras was bonkers over eating them. They hunted them at night.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paca

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll33/docjawbraker/Paca_zps3a52ad47.jpg

Sergei Mosin
July 10, 2013, 01:35 AM
A Rodent of Unusual Size indeed!

41 Mag
July 10, 2013, 07:22 PM
Good going. It's cool to see some of the critters others are hunting from elsewhere around the globe.

I watched a video where a fellow was going after those things. They are pretty wary in some areas where they are hunted hard. As most I can only compare it to our hogs, and if they are half as good, you done really well on that one.

Dr.Rob
July 11, 2013, 04:41 AM
Cool pic. I understand they are good eating. That's a lot bigger than any I have seen in a zoo.

45crittergitter
July 11, 2013, 03:27 PM
Sounds like a typical politician.

Texan Scott
July 11, 2013, 09:19 PM
A rat that could be mistaken for a pig? Yeah... that sounds like a politician. :p

MCgunner
July 11, 2013, 09:58 PM
You know, when I first saw this thread, I mistakenly thought it said, "My first chupacabra".

Geno
July 12, 2013, 06:34 PM
Bien hecho. iFelicitaciones!

Geno

Mauser lover
July 12, 2013, 06:41 PM
Oh, I didn't know anybody else watches that movie!!!
Fencing, fighting, revenge, torture, too blathe...

Nice looking rodent, somewhat happy that prairie dogs aren't that size...
I would also like to know how it is prepared.

nathan
July 13, 2013, 09:51 PM
Great for barbequeing and stew, i can only guess. Great shot !

txcookie
July 21, 2013, 08:37 AM
Very cool indeed and with a long DB shotgun ,16 Gauge too. Intresting thing to see here congrats!!!!

H&Hhunter
July 22, 2013, 07:33 PM
Alfon,

Good hunting man! And with a neat side by side double gun to boot! Congratulations on a great hunt.

JERRY
July 22, 2013, 08:02 PM
and just think, an anaconda can swallow that thing and a black caiman will attack and possible drown it.

tarosean
July 22, 2013, 09:03 PM
Nice....

Patocazador
July 23, 2013, 11:26 AM
and just think, an anaconda can swallow that thing and a black caiman will attack and possible drown it.
I was truly disappointed when I saw caimans in Costa Rica. I thought I was looking at youngster 4 foot one when several hatchlings climbed up around 'mama'. It looked like 'baby' gators that I catch on floating Rapalas when bass fishing.
I don't know if they were black caimans but they were black. The croc I saw was much more respectable .. about 11 feet.

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