Bovine Slam?

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Naughty hereford. I remember living next to a farm paddock containing a few sheep and a young stallion. The stallion took a liking to killing the sheep so one morning the farmer arrived at the gate in his landrover, poked a .303 out the passenger side window and prosecuted the stallion on the spot!. Came back later with a frontend loader.
wayward herferd, that didn,t like fences and went to steak-hambeger. marlin 45-70 with a hard cast 405 gr bullet at 2000 fps, one shot and done
 

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A "Bovine Slam"....IMO.

To be considered a slam, I'd have to say it would have to contain at least 4 different species. Not necessarily in different areas, but at least different species. These bovines would be my choices qualifiers in a Bovine Slam. Not all would be considered dangerous game, but all are certainly a formidable undertaking for one reason or another.

1. African Cape Buffalo (5 different species alone)
2. Asian Water Buffalo
3. Indian Gaur
4. American Bison or Wood Bison
5. Muskox
 
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A "Bovine Slam"....IMO.

To be considered a slam, I'd have to say it would have to contain at least 4 different species. Not necessarily in different areas, but at least different species. These bovines would be my choices qualifiers in a Bovine Slam. Not all would be considered dangerous game, but all are certainly a formidable undertaking for one reason or another.

1. African Cape Buffalo (5 different species alone)
2. Asian Water Buffalo
3. Indian Gaur
4. American Bison or Wood Bison
5. Muskox
6. Australian NT scrub bulls up to 1200kg and not particularly hunter-friendly
 

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6. Australian NT scrub bulls up to 1200kg and not particularly hunter-friendly
Nor are they particularly hunting vehicle-friendly, it's not unheard of for them to have a go at a 4x4
 

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Nor are they particularly hunting vehicle-friendly, it's not unheard of for them to have a go at a 4x4
I've had an encounter or two with wild cattle while working in the bush, they glide along like grey ghosts on tip toe. I felt that the 30-06 with 220gr loads I was carrying was inadequate.
 

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I've had an encounter or two with wild cattle while working in the bush, they glide along like grey ghosts on tip toe. I felt that the 30-06 with 220gr loads I was carrying was inadequate.
Yeah, I hunted one with a 375 and felt barely adequate. It's interesting how different theses animals act and even move when compared to domiciled cattle.

The most interesting bovine I've seen must Banteng though - while they look like a bit fancier version of a cow they move and jump more like a deer than a bovine. I've seen them jump over cattle fences with no issues, water buff just tend to just go through them without slowing down.
 

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Yeah, I hunted one with a 375 and felt barely adequate. It's interesting how different theses animals act and even move when compared to domiciled cattle.

The most interesting bovine I've seen must Banteng though - while they look like a bit fancier version of a cow they move and jump more like a deer than a bovine. I've seen them jump over cattle fences with no issues, water buff just tend to just go through them without slowing down.
Agreed. Domestic cattle in the bush are noisy, bellowing, crashing through the scrub - hear them a mile off. No so wild cattle, I usually sense or smell them long before sighting and that's normally only a glimpse before they fade into the background. They're a scary bovine. I haven't hunted Banteng so can't comment on them.
 

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Capt. John.H. Brandt wrote a very fine book about hunting Eurasian wild cattle, as he called them.It is called "Horned Giants". He also describes wild bovine species like Gayal, Kouprey, Anoa amongst the more common Water Buffalo, Banteng and Gaur. So there is much more to find!
 

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Banteng are proper DG for sure, I guided on them for many seasons, had a lot of charges compared to Buffalo & was tossed nicely one time, I was very lucky on that contact not to be seriously hurt .

We had one hunter gorged in the upper thigh (not my hunter) he was also fortune not to have been more seriously injured or killed !

I believe they would be held in higher esteem if they had more hunting exposure & more widely known !
 
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Don’t forget the Chirikof Island cattle we have in Alaska. Study that one sometime. Now there would be some adventurous burger harvest
 

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My goal is to shoot a bovine on every continent that has them. I have 4 species on 3 continents.
I was supposed to be in Australia this April for water buffalo and banteng and have also been planning feral cattle here in Alaska. Both of those trips are on hold due to covid.
Going back to Africa for another cape buffalo this year instead.
 
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Just seen a video recently... about the wild cattle living around Chernobyl....something to think about !
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Maybe one could combine that with wisent in the Pripyat marsh.
 

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I would say a good representation from four continents of currently huntable bovines would be:

American Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
South America Water Buffalo
Australian Water Buffalo

I have done these so I am biased. Cape buff my favorite to hunt of those four.
 

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I would say a good representation from four continents of currently huntable bovines would be:

American Buffalo
Cape Buffalo
South America Water Buffalo
Australian Water Buffalo

I have done these so I am biased. Cape buff my favorite to hunt of those four.

How about Bison in Europe?
 

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