I look forward to your hunt. It's gonna be fun hearing how you work those water holes and seeing if a nice antelope wanders in. I've said before, that an archery antelope has to be one of the hardest accomplishments in hunting.
How far out are you shooting now in your practice? I think the toughest thing for me would be the wind that can whip up in the plains. The further you shoot, the more your arrow flight will be affected.
I practice out to 60 yards. I am pretty confident at 60 yards but I do not know if I would take a shot at an animal at 60 yards though. Conditions would have to be almost perfect and that would mena no wind and a clam animal. Out where we hunt the wind is always blowing and ut afffects the arrow alot. the firts antelope I sghot with a bow the wind was blowing pretty stiff drom right to left and in the heat of the monement I forgot to adjust for the wind and it pushed the arrow a 8 inches back luckily enough it still was a fatal shot and she was dead in 15 minutes. I take alot of older arrow with me and there is a tone of prarie dogs around so we pratice at them to get a feel for the wind, so we are ready when the goats start to some in. Its has helped alot.....just hard to remeber where all the arrow went..especially after 8 hours plus in the blind. Should be a great time!!
Good luck on your archery antelope hunt! I will be giving it a try for the first time this year. I just bought a Montana buck decoy, so I will give that a try. I am not practicing out to 60 yards, so I will have to get considerably closer than that. Regardless of how it goes, I think it will be a good time!
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...