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Antelope calling?

I got out this week chasing them on an OTC archery tag.  Didn't realize how much fun it is!

I can get to within 100 yards with a decoy, but then it seems to go wrong.  They either lose interest, run away, and even had one lay down at about 80 yards and stare at me for over an hour.

I've been hearing about the antelope calls and even heard them wheezing (like deer), and making some weird crow sounding call. Are the calls worth buying and using?

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check out

check out bethedecoy.com it may help you.

Kevin

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BE The DECOY

That's hilarious!  I just looked at that website!  Do you really think those work?  I am an antelope bowhunting junkie, and I'd probably use it if it worked.  A little spendy, but worth it I imagine if it gets results.

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Yep

I know one of the guys that own the company, they do real well with it, i think if you go to there web site forms, they have several videos on there. they also have mule deer, and are working on a Elk.

Kevin

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This is my first season

This is my first season chasing antelope with a stick and string.  I have an antelope call from E.L.K. Inc., and I have been able to use it in the field a little bit.  It was only about $10, so it was not much of a gamble.  So far, I have not brought an antelope in to archery shooting range with it, but I have got bucks to come back a bit after starting to run away.  I think I will definitely use the call in the future during rifle seasons because it does seem to be rather effective at least getting bucks to stop to try to figure out what they are hearing, giving you a couple extra seconds to make a nicer shot.  I have been using a decoy with similar results to yours.  Here in a couple weeks when the rut activity hopefully picks up, I am curious to find out if I can get different responses with the decoy and the call.  

There is a nice article or story on here about calling antelope on this website.  I will see if I can find it again.  Good luck on your hunt, and let us know how it goes!

Here is one article that mentions using calls for antelope hunting, but there is another that is more focused on calling that I will keep looking for.  http://www.biggamehunt.net/articles/bowhunting-prairie-goats

Here is the article I was originally thinking of: http://www.biggamehunt.net/tips/calling-all-antelope

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I used my call several more

I used my call several more times during the season, and I did not have any luck actually bringing anything in.  I got bucks to stop and stare for longer, but never actually come any closer.  

Did you give a call a try?  How did your season go?  

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Apologies for the delayed

Apologies for the delayed response, September is a rather busy month for bow hunters!

I never got out chasing Antelope after August 25th, to busy with elk season with the elk cabin being 4 hours away from where I was chasing speed goats.  I couldn't connect, but learned a ton.  I found I wasted alot of time and effort on stalks that were not going to work to begin with, in terrain that was way to open.  Without ditches or taller sage/brush, it's almost impossible to get within 50 yards (50 is my personal limit with perfect conditions).

I was suprised at how physically demanding it was, crawling through sage in the late August heat had me smoked at the end of the day.  All of their water holes were on private land, so I was left with trying to sneak up on them when they did wander to the public side.

So next year, I will probably drive more and look for a buck that is in country more suitable for getting within archery range rather than chasing every animal I see.

I was using a Montana Decoy and I found it to be to small and would fall over in the wind often.  Maybe a moo cow decoy would work better?  I don't know.

 

And Kevin, that thing is hilarious!  I just may try it.

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Hey RJ50, any chance you and

Hey RJ50, any chance you and I could chew the fat about public land access for OTC antelope.  I like to hunt those rascals every year, and that OTC tag has intrigued me.

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Sure, shoot me a pm.

Sure, shoot me a pm.

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Bummer that you weren't able

Bummer that you weren't able to connect.  My archery antelope hunt had the same results as yours.  I agree that you can't try to stalk every antelope you see.  It is way too tiring.  There has to be something about the setup that is working (cover, wind, a fence line, other animals in the area, etc.) in order to decide to expend the effort.  I still have a few more tactics I want to try, and that already has me looking forward to archery antelope next season.  

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I'm thinking next year walk

I'm thinking next year walk in before daybreak and set up the ground blind right at where they were crossing the fence (they would cross at the same spot all day).

Also read an article about using horses to sneak behind and get within range...then somebody said it's illegal in CO?

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