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Fences

I just finished Mike Eastman's book Hunting Trophy Antelope. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that Mike says Antelope in general will not jump a fence, but they will crawl under it ot through it. Does anyone agree with this? Are they indeed not good jumpers?

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I have never seen an antelope

I have never seen an antelope jump a fence they have always slid under it.  If you go to a area that has a lot of the goats and find a fence line you will see how and where they do it.  I was hunting last year on the Plateau unit and most of the fences were strung low due to all the sheep grazing that is done there.  If you would go to a corrner post or where the fences would T you would see where someone possibly the game and fish had raised the bottom string to allow the goats to get under.  I have also watch them run for a mile along a fence until they came to a spot that they could slide under it. 

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For the most part thats true.

For the most part thats true. I've seen hunters wrap a piece of tie wire around all 3 strands of barbwire making a spot for them to crawl under. then setting up a blind and waiting for them to cross preferabley close to a watering hole. I've never really hunted many antelope(only 2 times during archery in CO) and from what I could tell they don't jump fences.

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I have seen one antelope jump

I have seen one antelope jump a fence...all the rest go under or around.  So while hunting a water hole we have put up what could be called fence post but without the wire and put the around the waterhole were we do not want them to water at and they will walk to the edge of the poles to get to the water...works good.

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YEAH THEY JUMP

i have seen antelope jump fences before but i have seen more go under, they are capable of jumping fences but they prefer going under. 

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So it sounds like hunting a

So it sounds like hunting a fenceline near a water hole is probably a good idea. I just need to find a water hole now...

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On popular public hunting

On popular public hunting ground, hunting the fence might just be better than setting up at the water hole. Just ask brokenarrow about his recent experience at a water hole. Everybody wants to put up a blind on water but few consider fence crossings. Probably cuz it takes more boot prints to find a good crossing. Look for a well constructed fence without a low of loose sections & then hike it out in your area looking for trails and hair on the bottom strand.  The book was right though. I've seen them jump three strand and a few low 4 strand fences (never seen one jump a hog wire fence) but 95% of the time they go under. Saw one herd of about 45 take 10 munites to get through a fence - they all stood in line waiting to go under at the same place.

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It's pretty hard to find a

It's pretty hard to find a water hole on google earth and a fenceline. I like the idea of sitting at a crossing though. I would think that they are less aware standing as a herd waiting to cross than they are at a water hole. I would love to find a big herd standing around for me to take my time to plan my shot.

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Last year when I was down on

Last year when I was down on the Plateau unit in Utah it didn't take long to find where they were crossing under fences and to pattern them.  Once you get to where you are going to hunt you will find the water holes and the fence lines and then it doesn't take long to figure them out. 

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It's actually true for most

It's actually true for most deer too.  The good majority of them will go under as opposed to going over, if here is a choice.

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Too Many Eyes

Don't think that just because a herd of antelope stand around waiting for their chance to go under a fence they aren't paying attention to whats around them. Multiple heads mean multiple eyes times two and antelope survive by their eyesite. Quite often they're milling about in the group making a good shot at one without hitting another tough to find. Also, once they are past the fence they usually don't just stand around. It's happened that quite often that sitting within 100 yards of a well used crossing, no shots were fired, either because of being seen, sensed (sometimes they just seem to know something isn't right) or no clear shot was presented. It's all good though. If you got a shot every time it'd be called shooting not hunting. 

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