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Calling Pronghorns

How many of you have experience using a pronghorn antelope call for walking up to trophy bucks in full view by simply making "antelope talk" with a call as you close the gap? How about stopping running bucks making antelope snorts/chuckle calls as they run away? What brand of antelope calls do you use?  The Eastman Hunting Journal has made rave reviews in calling antelope with a Calls-M-All game call. Your comments please. I'm ready to discuss this strategy and share insight into this very little known means of pursuit. Thank you.

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really?

I didn't even know calling pronghorns was possible! 

Everything I read about them or see on the hunting shows depicts them as super wary prey that can only be bagged with long range rifle shooting or by ambush at water sources. 

Is it some sort of a mating call that they respond to in teh rutting season?

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Calling Antelope

Thanks for asking. Antelope make about four distinct calls. 

A "snort" call is made and is used to let other bucks that they are around and that this is their territory. Antelope make this snort call sound by blowing through their nose and mouth using their diaphragm. This call sound is used to stop a running or walking antelope buck.

The "snort chuckle" call is a sound made by the bucks when intruder bucks enter their territory, and to let the buck intruders know that he is trespassing on on his turf. The sound starts off with a snort call, followed by 4-5 chuckle sounds. If a buck sees an intruder, even out a mile or so away, he will make this call, informing the intruder to keep out of his territory. Using an antelope decoy while making this snort chuckle to bring in other bucks.  It can also be used to stop and hold bucks for a decent shot.

Antelope make a "hum" call sound. Not only can it be used to stop moving bucks, it also calms them down.

The "wheeze" call sound is made by both sexes. This sound is made when they feel threatened of danger. When other antelope hear this call, all heads are up and they are paying close attention to where the call is coming from, and on the lookout for any possible danger.

I use a combination of snorts/chuckles/hums when walking directly at a buck that are in the wide open, with no cover to conceal any chance of a stalk. While making these call sounds, I have walked up to NUMEROUS antelope bucks to within 10 yards, some Pope & Young Class animals, with the buck holding completely still and not running. It's amazing how well it works on their curious and territorial nature.

Last year I was in south Idaho calling in mule deer. After bringing in over 40 deer to within 50 yards of me, and with two skeptic bystanders watching, I then saw a herd of pronghorn antelope 500 yards away. I simply put on my antelope calling hat and began calling to them, while at the same time walking directly at them in full view. In 10 minutes I was 50 yards from a herd of 7 with one nice buck among them. My two Idaho friends were awe-struck after they saw this. In both instances with the mule deer and pronghorn, I used a "Calls-M-All" game call to bring in both species. The Eastmans Hunting Journal Magazine highly recommends this call after field-trial on both mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and also as a cow elk call, all on one Calls-M-All. You can find this call if you Google search for it under its name. Good luck.

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Not possible

Hey pronghorn whisperer!  It's not possible to simply walk up to a pronghorn antelope by using a game call to speak antelope.  Sound to me like someone is trying to use this forum as advertisement for their new product.Whistling

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With all do respect to WesternHunter, you are incorrect. The July/August, 1995 issue of the Eastman Journal Magazine shared this feat publically in an article wrote by Ed Parodi. The article appears on page 22 and 23 of the issue. 13 years later in 2008, Eastmans Publishing Company released their "Hunting Trophy Antelope" a Do-it yourself guide book, authored by Mike Eastman. Chapter 17 titled "Calling for Antelope" describes it. I'd say a 13 year spread wouldn't fit  as a "new product", and that since hundreds of antelope hunters have proven this approach in the field. I have personally performed this task myself over a dozen time in 14-days, with witnesses. So I would say that being a "pronghorn whisperer" is true. May I suggest that you should research the facts before accusing me of advertizing a new product on the forum.  

 

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Tell you what

I'm going to get one of these and try it for real in the fall.  If it works as you say then I'll gladly boast about it here while giving you full credit.  If not, then my previous comment stands.  How does that sound? Big smile

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Time for a name change.

WesternHunter, if it works you'll have to change your handle to Dr. Doolittle.  Definitely let us know how it works for you.  Antelope are such goofy critters & so much fun to play with that even if it doesn't work as magically as advertised it'll be a blast to mess around with for a couple of days. 

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I'll try it Hal, but I have

I'll try it Hal, but I have serious doubts about it being any better or any worse that any other pronghorn call out there on the market.  If I draw a tag for this fall I'll repost my experience with that call.  Won't know til the end of May. You know how the old saying goes: If something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn't true!!  It's hard to trust a guy who doesn't spend enough time here, and has not more than 5 posts on this forum then writes up a story about a magical game call in a way that it sounds like advertising. I've been hunting long enough to know that nothing in hunting comes easy, trust me.  It might be a realistic sounding call, not challenging that claim, but just like anything else, it's only going to be as good as the person using it.

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Deer Skeptic..

My wife of 30 years very recently passed away. Forums were not something I had alot of time to spend my time with. Grieving hasn't been easy for me either. When I decided to become a member it was to keep my mind focused on something that I know well, and not dwell on my loss. I joined this forum for that very reason...while at the same time to share and receive with other like-minded hunters as myself. I haven't boasted myself, or claimed the call as "magical". No call exist with magical properties, but this call exists with verifiable impressive results over several field tests performed by actual hunters and professionals who have used it.

You certainly don't have to believe what I share here...thats you decision. If you wish to distrust my post based on how many posts I've made,  or, on how short of a time I have been a member to this forum, then you missing the big picture of being a member. You don't know me, or of the knowledge I have in the hunting field. Posting doesn't make one better, more successful, or experienced over those of us who recently decided to join this forum.  It simply means that some started earlier than others, and/or some people like to post and boast their post numbers.  It's not flattering, but a bit disrespectful to fellow hunters. Humility will go alot farther with most of us. 

I provided you with the proof and necessary resources so that you could follow-up with the experts. Give Eastman a phone call and ask this expert publisher first-hand about pronghorns. I would also suggest that if in doubt, get the call and put it to the test before knocking it, as I and thousands have did, and as the North American Hunting Club did through their rigorous field-testing before endorsing and recommending it to over a million hunters nationwide.   

Here's one more piece of useful information that may cast some doubt on your skepticism. And I quote this from North American Hunter Magazine, August, 1996 issue, page 132..."NAHC Field Testers said the Calls-M-All game call attracts a variety of game species..and as James Clark from Idaho writes: "The Calls-M-All is designed as an all-in-one game call. I had the opportunity to use it on deer, elk, coyotes, and pronghorn antelope. While using this call, I could have taken each of these animals with a bow. The pronghorn was within 10 yards of me."

Clinton Long in Utah writes: "I found that the Calls-M-All Game Call performed as advertized. With one call, I called mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, pronghorns and coyotes. I was thoroughly impressed with how easy the call was to master."

My own personal experience has proven it very effective and I will continue to share this revolutionary call with my fellow hunters.   

Lastly, I acquired the Eastmans "Hunting Trophy Antelope" book. When you acquire the book, it also comes with a 2-hr DVD. When you watch the video and see the call being tested, you will quickly realize that very close walk-ups by calling in full view is achieveble, stopping running pronghorns dead in their tracks, and antelope vocalizations are many and real. It's on video for you to see and hear as well. No I am not an employee of Eastmans, or the NAHC, just another hunter who is not advertizing.

Contact: Eastmans Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 798, Powell, WY 82435, 800-842-6887

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10-4 WH.  The great thing

10-4 WH.  The great thing about antelope hunting is that usually there's another opportunity try it again just around the next hill.  Unless you part of the crowd that thinks that if the goat isn't in the game bag by Sunday morning at the very latest, then the whole trip is a failure - and I don't think you are.  I've spent a week to get a doe; getting multiple stalks in a day, camping where ever the truck happens to be at the end of the day, cell phone off & the radio set to the blue collar comedy station.  No thoughts - no worries.  2 or 3 days sneeking around whith the .44 Blackhawk just cuz it fun (of course no does within 100 yards but a stunning 15"+ paddle pronged boy at 25 - where was he when I messing around with the bow?).  Passed up a couple with the #1 just because an ear was crooked or she was facing left instead of right.  Excuses because I didn't want the fun to end yet.

Personally I don't think antelope are vocal enough except maybe during certain times in the rut that calling will make much of difference.  Then again waving a white flag had worked at times.  Didn't think Obama would win either so what do I know? 

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thanks

Gamecaller, thanks for the contact info for this call.  Like I said I'll try it out, hopefully this next season, if not, then the following.  Your input is greatly appreciated.  I tend to be a skeptical individual about a lot of things in general and my initial response caused us to start off to a less than ideal start here. Not your fault so don't let it bother you.  Okay now, I'll admit that I complain a lot about new members who join this forum just to selfishly get information and I criticise them when they give nothing in return.  Since you're not like any of those members I shouldn't have been so hard on ya.  Hope it doesn't detract you from joining in on disussions here in the future.  Lastly, sorry to hear about the loss of your wife.  Looking forward to seeing more posts from you. Big smile

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