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Hunting "wild "cattle

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by FLORIDA KEVIN, Dec 9, 2007.

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  1. FLORIDA KEVIN

    FLORIDA KEVIN Member

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    I remember reading an article some years ago about hunting of wild Ferel cattle somewhere in Texas i think ! Does anyone have any experience or information about this ? kevin
     
  2. CSA 357

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    I too read about this, but dont remember where they where but i do recall the wild cows being very mean and dangerous, maybe some one knows? csa
     
  3. FLORIDA KEVIN

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    Thanks for the verification that my memory is still at least partailly functional ! I googled it and found some stuff about New Zealand but nothing solid about Texas , It seems that it was considered dangerous game hunting ,due to the size and aggresiveness of the quarry and the location was such that visibility was limited by thick cover ! Kevin
     
  4. Double Naught Spy

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    They are only "mean and dangerous" because they are trying to stay alive. Unlike humans, they don't go out and hunt other animals. So the "mean and dangerous" title is a bit silly here.
     
  5. Kimber1911_06238

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    they sound delicious
     
  6. FLORIDA KEVIN

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    I was kinda thinking they would be delicious also ! What is silly is thinking that game has to want to eat you to be considered dangerous ! have you ever been in a field with a bull ? They can be very agressive and dangerous and have no intention of eating you ! maybe you think we should only hunt animals that are afraid of us ? I just happen to like steak ! and would rather hunt a 1000 lb bull bovine than a 150 lb deer! kevin
     
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    There was a video floating around somewhere about hunting wild cattle in Hawaii (I think it was Hawaii).
     
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    who says the wild cattle won't eat you, when my buddy's truck got hit with an IED in just south of Baghdad, a 155 round buried, the local that was standing on top of the round got splattered on my buddy's truck. When my friend regained conciseness he saw a cow walk over to a large piece of the local and started munching on his thigh. Man eating cows do exist.
     
  9. Art Eatman

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    I read an article back in the late 1980s or early 1990s about feral cattle in the cane brake country along the lower Rio Grande down in the general vicinity of Laredo. That general part of the river, anyway. Sports Afield? Field & Stream? I don't remember.

    They were reported to be hazardous to men on horseback, with one reported attack on a pickup truck.

    Body weights of bulls around 2,000 pounds, which sounds about right. I'd guess cows generally go 800 to 1,100 or so.

    Hunters reportedly use rifles suitable for the large African game.
     
  10. Double Naught Spy

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    Cattle, like many other animals, will scavenge. Squirrels are man-eaters as well, along with mice and rice. Goats will eat just about anything organic and even some non-organic stuff. However, they are not like the "man-eaters of Burma" kind of man-eaters. The man-eaters of Burma were tigers that would hunt you down and kill you, drag you off, then eat you. I can't think of any incidents of cattle hunting down people, killing, then eating them.

    Chupacabra is not a wild cow.
     
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    After they've killed you, gettin eaten is kind of a moot point.

    And I have seen domestic cattle, not only bulls, but cows as well that will attack for no reason other than they perceive you as a threat for being in their territory.
    Having been on the receiving end, which put me on the ground with the cow on top shinin her head on my belly button, I can tell you it ain't no pleasant experience and I was lucky to get away with no broken bones or worse.
    I shore hope that witch is in somebody's freezer right now...:mad:
     
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    I have never seen this and I live in Texas.
     
  13. daniel (australia)

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    Feral bulls ("scrub bulls") are hunted here in Oz, especially up north. They are often several generations from domestication and known for being tough and aggressive - often charging the hunter - and they can exceed a ton on the hoof.

    A mate of mine who I know is an excellent shot nearly came to grief with his first one, which took seven heavy Woodleighs in various vitals from an 8x57JS before expiring mid-charge at about 5 yards distance when the eighth penetrated its forehead:eek:

    My mate bought a .416 before his next scrub bull hunt:p.

    It could have been worse though - check this out:

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    http://www.aushunt.com.au/main/mainarticle2.php?articleid=13efadac29
     
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    When I was a teenager we always kept a couple dozen cows on our place. We had one mean old heifer that always seemed to have a calf with the same disposition. I shot her and her red bull calf dead one afternoon on my way to a deer stand. The calf was well over 600 lbs and charged me for about the 6th day in a row and didn't stop soon enough. After the calf ate a 150 grain 30-06 slug, mom decided she wanted some too. Dad was pissed, but we ate good for a while.
     
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    in the falklands there were supposedly feral Argentinian fighting cows:uhoh: that were aggressive saw a few deadones and some from a chopper once
     
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    Bulls don't have horns for nothing. Domestic cattle are normally docile but they have no reason to be otherwise.
     
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    ashtxsniper, have you ever worked with range cattle? Or been down on the Rio on any of the really big ranches?

    Some of the thickets along the river are true jungles. Big mesquite with a heckuva lot of underbrush. Salt cedar. Cane brakes. Prickly pear cactus and catclaw. Some of that stuff is so thick you couldn't scare a critter out with a helicopter. But what it means is that some critters escape roundup. Once they get used to hiding and go wild, they're no longer Ferdinand or Ol' Bossy.

    A ton of hostile hamburger can make life exciting...

    :), Art
     
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    I have no doubt about feral cattle being agressive. I used to milk dairy cows twice a day. The cows saw me every day, but that darn bull didn't like me moving his ladies around. He would charge me every single day, almost got me a few times. And he was totally domesticated, around people his whole life.
     
  19. FLORIDA KEVIN

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    i am impressed tha this topic stirred as many memories as it did ! I t seems like a lot of people read the same article ,and thankful for the input from all the other sources too ! i think we have all seen the problems that can be caused when people domesticate animals and then let nature take over !My only remaining question is does anyone know if there is anyone actively guiding for this "big game" in Texas ? i might be interested in booking a hunt ! Kevin
     
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    I've been chased by horned bulls and cows. Ain't fun when you are afoot, no trees, and only some scattered bushes to get behind while trying to get back to my truck.
    In New Mexico anything over 1 year old and not branded, on public land belongs to the state, per the brand inspector.
    I suppose you could shoot one in self defense but when you ate him that wouldn't be self defense:D
     
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    Maybe not, but it would shore give me a warm fuzzy feelin every time I sat down to the table. ;)
     
  22. Vern Humphrey

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    You need to check your game regulations. In Arkansas, for example, if the law doesn't say you can kill it, then you can't kill it. Arkansas law was only recently changed to allow hunting feral hogs -- and there is a detailed set of rules about what a feral hog is.

    If you kill a "wild" bull, you might find yourself facing felony charges -- since cattle in most states are assumed to be someone's property.
     
  23. Art Eatman

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    Kevin, I've not thought about hunting the ferals, but you might Google for Texas hunting ranches, and focus on the border counties below Del Rio. Chambers of Commerce in some of those lower border towns might list some ranches with hunting; some might be along the river.
     
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    Man eating cow?

    Chupacowbra?
     
  25. CSA 357

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    DN SPY i didnt write it i only read it, so you ready to go try them ? with a 22 lr?:D
     
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