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Finding a trophy

When your looking for a trophy Antelope do you look for mass or height? I think my mind will default to height this year but I don't know if I should focus on the mass and front hook length. Anyone have some advice?

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I have read that judging a

I have read that judging a trophy antelope is one of the hardest things to do in the field unless you have a lot of time to look at a lot of them and judge one from another.  Usually if you have good height you will also have some mass and you want a combination of both for a real good one.  I have also read that you want one that has horns at least twice as long as his ears witch are around 6" but it is hard to get one to stand still long enough with its ears in the right location to figure that out. 

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You've got Eastman's Antelope

You've got Eastman's Antelope hunting book (great book - got in myself) & I'm sure you've read the feature article on field judging antelope posted on this line. Look at a lot of bucks (hunting, scouting, sproting good stores, taxidermy shops, etc.) but the bottom line is to shoot the one that looks good to you. Antelope are magnificent animals & always make great trophies. Tags are pretty easy to get so even if you get one that's just OK (whatever that is) there's always gonna be another chance.

And when you actually see THE BIG ONE - and there's just not as many out there as some would have you believe - you'll know it cuz it'll look like it belongs in a Dr. Zseus book. 

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I would look for lots of mass

I would look for lots of mass and good cutters. Length is nice but mass and good cutters is what scores well.

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Soble, I sent up a P.M let me

Soble, I sent up a P.M let me know if you need any help.

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Thanks for the PM diesel. I

Thanks for the PM diesel. I replied.

Hal, I have read the book and watched the video that came with it but I like to put the question out there gather information. Eastman's is great but not the rule. Thanks for the opinion from all of you though.

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Understand Soble. I've been

Understand Soble. I've been hunting antelope for quite a few years - got my first one in '82. Still I enjoyed and learned from Eastmans book when I got it a couple of years ago. I does pay lo look at as many as you can, both live ones & taxidermy mounts. Scouting in your hunting area gives you a good idea of what that areas potential is. In some areas it might be wise to shoot a 14 inch buck - that might be a good to better representative animal in that area. Of course figuring out what the hell a 14 incher is (or a 15  for that matter) is what you're trying to find out. Like you've read and heard, judging antelope is as tough as it gets, except for maybe mtn goats. Look for big bases, high prongs, large prongs & overall length in that order. If it has the first 3, it'll probably have good length. 

The bases should look noticeably wider than the eye, the prong twice as wide as the base and the prong at least as high as the ears. I try to imagine how easily the head would fit inside the horns. If it looks like a tight fit, save him for the last day. If it looks like it would fit with lots of room to spare, you might just want to sneak in the 200 yards & practice a little trigger control.

The little ones are easy to spot as are the Really big ones. It's figuring out the difference between a nice 14 & a great 15 - 16 that's tough. Realize that unless you're in AZ, NM or the top of Texas, Bucks over 16" are like finding the magic 30" mule deer. I've already heard of 4 bucks with 18" horns around my part of the world. I'd bet my A-Bolt that none are over 15".

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Well, is it your first time

Well, is it your first time after them?  If so, i say shoot what look good to you.  As long as you think it's a trophy, all's good.....

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Hal, that is the short and

Hal, that is the short and the long of it...:thumbsup1:  and that is the kind of information I was hoping to get from this forum topic. I am fairly certain that a 14" or 15" will be considered good for the area I am in after some research. It seems that after 9 years of applying for points, we may have chosen the wrong area for a chance at a record trophy. I hope you will continue to answer my posts. I wasn't even hunting in '82 so I will defer to your help and knowledge.

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Great - now I feel like an

Great - now I feel like an old fart!!! Antelope is just plain fun just don't get too hung up on getting a "trophy" whatever the hell that is.  Change that, a trophy is whatever YOU decide it is. As was mentioned above, shoot the one you like. Then look forward to some fine eating. Now THAT'S the trophy!

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good luck with finding your

good luck with finding your trophy, I would look for mass with decent cutters.

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