Best Kudu Hunting in Texas
In Texas we hunt the Greater Kudu and if you’re looking for a big, trophy kudu bull, I’ve got them! The Greater Kudu has the longest horns of all the antelope species and is one of the most beautiful and majestic African antelope. They make gorgeous mounts and the meat is very lean and great table fare. Texas has a growing population of greater kudu and every year we have some great bulls available. Their big ears can detect the faintest noise at a great distance and their grey coat is excellent camouflage. All of this combined makes them a very fun, and challenging, animal to hunt. Since there’s no closed season in Texas for kudu you can find good trophies 12 months out of the year.
Most of my kudu hunting is done by a combination of safari style hunting and spot and stalk hunting, but I will also hunt out of blinds as necessary.
Kudu Hunting Texas – Who is this hunt for:
Kudu are considered an “exotic” in Texas and there’s no closed season on hunting exotics in Texas. With kudu rutting year around in Texas, and since kudu have horns not antlers, you can hunt them year-round and have great hunts 12 months out of the year.
Depending on your experience level, we can either shoot using shooting sticks or from a blind. Experienced hunters will enjoy the thrill shooting off of shooting sticks after tracking your kudu cross country. For hunters with less experience, or hunters who are not comfortable walking longer distances across rocky terrain, we can post up in a blind. We will wait there for the kudu to come to us and take a shot from a much more controlled environment. With a wide variety of hunting methods, I can accommodate a wide range of hunters.
Kudu Hunting Price: $20000+
Daily Fees for Kudu Hunt:
Deposit – $1500/Hunter
Make sure to read my FAQs before you book. It has all the details about my hunts.
Included in all Kudu Hunts Texas:
- Transportation around the ranch
- Field care of your trophy
Not included in Kudu Hunts Texas:
- Valid Texas Hunting License (Non-resident Special 5 Day Hunting License – Type 157 – $48)
- Transportation to ranch
- Skinning, caping, quartering of your trophy
- Drinks besides water and coffee
Additional services available for all Kudu Hunts:
- Non-hunting guests – $100-$250/person/night depending on the ranch
- Skinning & quartering of your trophy – $200/animal
- Caping & freezing hide for transport home – $75/animal
- Numerous other exotics species are typically available as well
Kudu Hunts – Animal Specifics:
The greater kudu is a large antelope native to Eastern and Southern Africa. The greater kudu is grey, or reddish brown, with thin white vertical stripes that run from just behind their shoulders to over their rump and a white chevron that runs between their eyes. They have a hump on their shoulder, long legs and long spiral horns. Male kudu (bulls) will weigh about 450-650 pounds and stand 55-60 inches at the shoulder. Female kudu (cows) will weigh about 250-450 pounds and stand about 40 inches at the shoulder. Because of their long legs, kudu can easily jump and 8-foot fence, but rarely will unless pressured.
Trophy Kudu bulls will typically have 45-55 inch horns in Texas, but the occasional 55 inch + kudu bull can be found. Because of their majestic horns and coloration, kudu are one of the most beautiful antelope as well as one of the most sought-after trophies in Africa.
Kudu Hunting Texas:
Most of my kudu hunting is done with a combination of safari-style hunting and spot and stalk. We drive around until we locate a nice kudu bull, and then try and stalk into position for a shot. For those that aren’t as able to spot and stalk I’ll also hunt out of blinds overlooking feeders or a natural food source.
A typical day hunting kudu begins before daylight with a quick easy breakfast of coffee, fruit, pastries and breakfast bars. After breakfast, we load up in my Jeep and head out looking for a big kudu bull. I’m a big fan of letting my hunters look over numerous kudu bulls so they can get a good idea of which one they would like to go after.
Kudu are most active in the morning and the afternoon so we typically head back to the lodge for a hearty brunch/lunch mid-day. Early in the afternoon, we’re back in the Jeep looking for more kudu until we find the trophy bull you’re after. If we’re hunting out of a blind, we head to the blind early in the afternoon in time to let everything settle down for the afternoon hunt. If we’re trying to spot/stalk kudu, once we locate the kudu bull you’re after, we grab the shooting sticks and the stalk begins. After a full day of chasing kudu, we head back to the lodge for a great dinner hot off the grill and the chance to re-live the day’s events before heading to bed to do it all again the next day.
Kudu Hunting Packing List:
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You can hunt kudu 12 months out of the year in Texas, so the weather will vary greatly throughout the course of the year. If your kudu hunt is in the spring or summer it’s going to be warm/hot, so you will want clothes that breathe and are well ventilated and keep the sun off of you. If you’re hunting kudu in the fall & winter it’s going to be much colder and you are going to want to dress in layers so you can dress and undress as the temperature and activity levels dictate.
For my hunts in the late spring, summer, and early fall (Axis, Blackbuck, late-season Turkey, early-season Elk, etc) one of the products I’ve found to be extremely important is Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent.
We spend a lot of time walking/stalking through tall grass and with Sawyer Permethrin I don’t have to worry about getting chiggers or ticks on me. You spray it on your clothing, and once it dries it’s odorless and colorless. Chiggers itch so bad that they can really ruin a hunt, but with Sawyer Permethrin you don’t have to worry. I LOVE this product, and literally never leave home without it!
Here’s my suggested packing list:
- Comfortable boots/shoes (I typically wear snake boots to keep the cactus/thorns/brush off my legs)
- Pants/Jeans (Lighter weight pants for the Spring/Summer and heavier weight for the Fall/Winter)
- Camo short & long sleeve shirts (Insulated and Non-insulated)
- Jacket (Winter hunts)
- Gloves (Winter hunts)
- Rifle & ammo
- Camp clothes & shoes
- Personal toiletries & medicines
Also make sure to take a look at my recommended hunting gear list.
Kudu Hunting Texas Regions:
Kudu can be found in the Texas Hill Country, Edwards Plateau, and South Texas, but the majority of my kudu hunting occurs in the Hill Country, in the Kerrville and Fredericksburg areas. If you are flying in, San Antonio International Airport is the closest major airport and from there it’s typically about a 2-hour drive to any of my ranches.
Kudu are beautiful animals and a great hunt for the experienced, as well as novice hunters. Don’t wait too long, my Kudu Hunts in Texas fill up quickly and you should reserve your spot as soon as possible.by