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Casper Wyoming Antelope Hunt

I just returned from Wyoming where we hunted pronghorn antelope in Casper Wyoming and mule deer in Saratoga, Wyoming. The hunting was tough as most of the "shooters" were on private land and the public land was hunted hard so the game was scarce and spooky.

There were two others in my group and we were fortnuate to get three antelope. I got mine on top of Banner Mountain in near blizzard conditions. He was small, but I was happy to score. I didn't have much time to shoot him so I couldn't range him with my range finder and had to estimate distance. Fortunately, I got the distance about right and made a good shot on him.

He didn't flinch at all when I shot and the guys told me I missed. I was preparing to shoot again when he took a few steps and fell over. I ranged the distance back to where I shot and it was 253 yards. I used my .243 with 100 gr Sierra bullets that I loaded myself.

We hunted the mountains and National forest in Saratoga hard, but only saw does. We probably walked 3 - 6 miles each day up and down the mountains. The elevation was around 8200 - 8900 feet where we hunted. Sometimes we would walk down and then have to hump it back up. It was tough and challenging, but I enjoyed it.

We did see moose and elk and a couple of muley bucks on private land, but none on public where we could shoot. One of the guys took a doe on the last day that you could shoot a doe. I am glad he got her, but I wish he would have shot one that wasn't at the bottom of a valley. We had to drag her up about 1/4 mile through thick sage brush and a steep incline. Took us about 2 hours to get her out.

All in all, it was a great trip with lots of great scenery and even one day of fly fishing in the most beautiful area.

The pic from on top of Banner mountain where I shot my goat.

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Casper Wyoming Antelope Hunt

CVC,

Congrats on a successful hunt. The hunting is tough but rewarding especially when the conditions turn south. We had rain/sleet on Saturday the 6th, then snow sleet on Sunday the 7th. Monday and Tuesday were beautiful with temps in the 60's. We tagged 4 goats 2 bucks and 2 does.

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Congrats CVC Thumbs up Glad you didn't come back empty handed Big smile A trip I'm sure you'll remember for a long time!

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It is a trip that I will remember for a long time. It is not every day that you see a moose 50 yards from you or wade down a beautiful river with the trees turning color while fly fishing.Or to stand on top of a mountain after shooting a goat.

So you are very right, it is a trip I won't soon forget.

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Congrats on your goat! Thumbs up

Sorry the muleys were more elusive. You were in a good area for them. Love the Saratoga area. Neat old town and beautiful country.

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