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I have been drawn for area 46 in Wyoming (Medicine Bow area) and I have a question as to field care of an Antelope. I have killed and gutted Deer from California and Nebraska but I understand that more care must be given to Antelope. Is this correct? Should I skin it in the field or wait till we get back to camp? and Is there a locker that will freeze the quarters until we are ready to leave? Should I bone it out right away?

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Skinning/boneing out is not necessary unless you want to, definitely gut and let all the blood drain out ASAP though. If your hunting in the medicine bow late enough and high enough, you could probably just let it hang in your (a friend's) garage, since it will be cool enough.

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I agree, skinning immediately in the field isn't necessary, however I would recommend skinning as soon as possible. We've never waited more than 2-3 hours to skin. We also like to hang/age antelope for at least 2-3 days in a cooler or cold garage will do, wrapped in a game bag (I like to use a large white cotton sheet sewn on 2 sides into a "bag").

I like the antelope boned out (after hanging/aging), makes the meat less gamey tasting. We also remove every last bit of fat.

We've had several antelope, they've all been excellent eating.

Good luck on your hunt!

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Thank you both for your replies. I was hoping we could wait till we get to camp to skin.

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hey there, living in wyoming and having a lot of speed goats i will say one thing is for sure, try to shoot it before being spooked. when nervous and running they release a sent that can and will tant the meat. i have also been a meat cutter for over 20 years and i do suggest you gut and skin right away. if there is not a packing plant around to store it then get a good cooler and some dry ice. if able to hang, that would be better yet. good luck. mike

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Don't age the meat on Pronghorn too long. About 2 to 3 days is all that's needed. Keep it at about 35°F during the aging.

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