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My first capybara!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by alfon99, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

    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? [​IMG]
  2. Chevelle SS

    Chevelle SS Well-Known Member

    Pretty slick. So is a capybara like a pig or something different?
  3. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Not really similar. The Capybara is in the rodent family.
  4. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

    In size and weight it is pretty much like a hog. This one weighed 60 kg. Of course capybaras are rodents.
  5. Chevelle SS

    Chevelle SS Well-Known Member

    So you shot a giant mouse....... Cool!
  6. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

  7. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member


    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,
  8. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

    Yes, they are very good to eat, here capybara hunting is very popular and it is full of them.
  9. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    I saw a big one at Silver Springs. They are huge .. for a rat.

    Congratulations Alfon.
  10. alfon99

    alfon99 Well-Known Member

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

    limpingbear Well-Known Member

    They are giant guinea pigs.....From what I hear they taste pretty good.
  12. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Dayum, that's a big squirrel!
  13. Nathan Detroit

    Nathan Detroit Well-Known Member

    According to the author of the Princess Bride, they would be classified as a ROUS - Rodents Of Unusual Size.
  14. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    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?
  15. col.lemat

    col.lemat Well-Known Member

    You drowned him with all the lead. Nice Photo
  16. 7.62 Nato

    7.62 Nato Well-Known Member

    Congratulations. Assuming you will be cooking it, how is it usually prepared and served?
  17. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    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.

    Last edited: Jul 9, 2013
  18. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Well-Known Member

    A Rodent of Unusual Size indeed!
  19. 41 Mag

    41 Mag Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Cool pic. I understand they are good eating. That's a lot bigger than any I have seen in a zoo.

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