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Antelope dimensions

Can anyone give me the basic dimensions of an antelope from the brisket to the top of the back? (obviously not all are the exact same) It’s been 20+ years since I have hunted Antelope and I drew a tag for CO 3/301. I use a fixed power scope and over the years I have gotten really good at judging distance based on how an animal fills up the reticle; at least for for elk and deer. I just don’t have any experience with antelope. I am not a gadget guy so a rangefinder is probably not something I really want to mess with.

Thanks for the help.

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Re: Antelope dimensions

I would figure close to a small buck deer.

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Re: Antelope dimensions

Thanks Critter. What I really need is the measurments so that I can make a target of about the right size. Brisket to back height wont change depending the angle of the animal so it's a good tool. And, all I need to do is figure out two distances; top of back hold and too far.

Anyway, I will see if I can find something in inches. Maybe a taxidermist would know.

Thanks again.

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Re: Antelope dimensions

I've hunted pronghorn often, though not as nuch as I have deer or elk, and have never carried a rangefinder with me on any biggame hunts. I'm not a gadget guy either and really don't like carrying around unnessesary stuff when I hunt. Just sight your rifle in for point-blank range at 300 yrds, then that way you don't need to think about how many inches you need of holdover. I figure if the animal is so far as to question the distance then it's too far for me to make an ethical shot. I guess I've observed so many deer, elk , and antelope in the field at known distances that I don't need a rangefinder to tell me if they are within my reasonable shooting distance limitations. In the past I've also taken actual sized homemade plywood targets and placed them at various distances out to 400 yards to get an idea of how small they can appear at various distances. This doesn't give you the answer you may have wanted, but it's just something to consider. By the way I think fixed powered scopes are the way to go for all biggame hunting in my opinion, less features to fiddle with, less to worry about, less likely to get out of adjustment, and a more solid design. I find that I have better days when I keep things simple. Good luck.

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Re: Antelope dimensions

I have shot them, but never measured their body. I'd guess 18"

Here is a link I found that might help some.
http://www.chuckhawks.com/kill_zone_game_animals.htm

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Re: Antelope dimensions

Thanks guys. I couldnt get to Chuck Hawks from work. It's filtered for "lifestyles", go figue.

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Looks like Chuck Hawks believes the same thing I have always believed and have used to gauge the size of vitals when target shooting- a basic paper plate. That's always been the rule we've used for hitting the vitals on any biggame animal. You need to be capable of placing all your shots in an area the size of a paper plate when shooting off-hand in prone, sitting, kneeling positions, regardless of the distance you are shooting at. Pronghorn bucks offer the hunter a bit of an advantage by their obvious fur color transition on their upper body. Just aim at that color transitions corner and that's where their vitals are. Chuck Hawks really gives some pretty good advice. The more and more I read on his website the more I can see we think a lot alike. Thumbs up

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