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Re: Going on my first antelope hunt!
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I've noticed them to be very vocal when spooked or sence danger, like when I screw up while trying to get within 200 yrds of them Big smile

Were you with me last Aug & Sept?!?!?! banghead banghead Laugh Laugh

Definately make tons of noise communicating beside warnings and when scared. But, nver heard a sound like a crow. Actually, I have never seen anyone using a call, saw it asked here last year, but not sure there were any replies...have to look I suppose.

Where you going to be hunting? Prolly differs quite a bit depending on where. Elevation & weather patterns IMO play a big part. I noticed last year that in August the prongers in the mountains here in Colorado were already rutting, but down in southeast CO, I never saw them in any type of rut through Aug or Sept.

With a bow...two words! ...KNEE PADS...and comfortable ones!! Funny, I tried several pairs this year and after 4 thrown out the window, my 5th pair was a Tony Hawk pair from Wally World! They are keepers! I tried expensive gel ones, Army issued ones, cheap construction one and surplus bucket ones and the Tony Hawk ones avail at any Walmart were the best I found. They are mostly black too. Nest maybe some decent leather gloves for that same crawling through cacti and everything else Yes

Depending on the terrain your hunting, and unless you know ahead of time, I would have a couple different 'styles' of camo ready. When I was hunting mountainous terrain I found myself in a lighter bright green sagebrush most of the time, but when I was down in southest Colorado I was in a much darker green in higher sunflowers, or even light brown in grass no longer than a couple of inches. I found that I was sticking out like a sore thumb if I wasn't in the right camo. I like the Prairie Ghost (not sure its still being made, but is avail on Ebay) for the sagebrush, Kings Desert Shadow for the tall and darker green landscape. For the dirt brown I found I did fairly well on stalks with a surplus ghillie suit in desert brown.

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Re: Going on my first antelope hunt!

I'm going to South Dakota the week of August 22nd. It's one of the only ways I can hunt with a friend and not miss school.

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Re: Going on my first antelope hunt!

I can only describe the sounds pronghorn make as a sound very much like a barking or pretty similar.

As far as the type of camo to wear for bowhunting, just take a good look at the area in summer. If your going to use a blind pay more attention to the blinds camo pattern than your clothing pattern. Most habitat is fairly sagebrush with mixed short vegitation. Multi-cam is a great camo for just about any habitat summer to early fall. I also find drab colors like the "USMC Coyote Brown" and "Olive Mojave" color to be a very good overall color that blends in with a variety of vegitation and background terrains. Remember that the best camo in the world won't do you any good, unless you know how to maintain a low profile and make very slight quiet incrimental movements.

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Re: Going on my first antelope hunt!

First pick here is an area in southeast Colorado that I made a few unsuccesful stalks on. As you can see NO COVER AT ALL! No bushes, now grass, no gullies, no hills, etc... that could even cover you while low crawlin. Anything lighter than that desert color or that desert ghillie & I was was busted before I got within long rifle range. Look closely right at the ground, that is dirt! Not even enough grass to hide a rabbit! But, I saw tons of pronghorns in this type of terrain! Funny thing about the Redtail Hawk, it was jumping from fence post to fence post following me for about a mile! Not sure why as he was trying to keep in front of me, maybe looking for mice running for cover. Confused

These two are of where I was hunting in the mountains and as you can imagine I had much better luck stalking in this terrain. That's "ol~ Crooked Horn" behind the tank!! banghead banghead Chased him for two weeks with about 20 failed stalks and a couple failed all day sits in a blind or hide! Censored

Through my camera & spotting scope from about 1100yds

Here is a general pic of the mountainous area I focused on. Just to the left of that tree (dark spot, LOL!) at center pics is the water tank that I caught Ol Crooked Horn in that last pic! Had him within 60-80 yards several times but never could seal the deal. In this area though, if it is possibly similar to the area you may be hunting, then you could probably get away with some different types of camo.

Now, here is another from the area in southeast Colorado that had absolutley no cover what so ever! As you can see in the distance, that even around the lake there is nothing green! So anything dark at all, even laying flat on your belly you are busted!

And not an endorsment as I have no ties to them, but I used Primos Silver XP with great success too during my pronghorn hunts this past year

Best of luck to you in your hunt though!

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Re: Going on my first antelope hunt!

Well that is a perfect example of some pretty barren terrain, much like we have throughout many parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, New Mex, and most parts of Arizona and Nevada. Often times it is nearly impossible to sneak up from a far on the speedgoat. The trick is to know the habits of the herds in the area, get set up at a place they are likely to be before they arrive. A very natural looking blind is almost essential for bow hunting.

One thing about your photos HeacyC is that you mensioned the complete absence of green or any dark color in the area. While that may be true about the vegitation and ground itself you will notice when looking at that terrain as a whole you will see lot's of dark spotted area. Stuff like shadow is always there to be seen, though we often overlook it. I see plenty of dark spots in your photos, though they are small and anyone wearing something like Mossy Oak Break-Up, Woodland camo, or any other dark camo pattern will surely stand out like a sore thumb.

Funny thing about camo and color in nature - I was once told that the USMC replaced their black combat boots and went with an olive/browninsh color roughout leather/cordura combat boot because there is no black in nature. I say bs to that reason. While foliage and ground may not be black in color, plenty of shadow exists in nature. I also see plenty of dark spots in density. While you may not want to have clothing that has large areas of black in it, having small random pattern with some black will make you blend in naturally. Getting back to the USMC's uniforms, their new advanced MARPAT woodland camo still retains random patters of black color in it.

I've also never seen a mammal that had fur in a camo pattern, yet deer, rabbits, cougars, and coyotes all have a way of blending into the terrain when remaining completely still.

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Re: Going on my first antelope hunt!

Great advice about learning their patterns too! That si the only thing that helped me even get relatively close on my better set-ups. i.e... I found that Ol Crooked Horn would only water at that tank during mid day. I saw hi the general area throughout the day but he would water at other holes. Pretty much every day though, he would come into that tank from about 12-2pm each day. There were other goats in the area with harems, but that was his hole and the does were welcome, but if he was a buck going anywhere near it he would be there in a heartbeat running them off. Once he was way at the top of that ridge to the north in the one pic, when a small band of bucks came moving in, he sure as heck saw them and came a joggin from bout a mile away just to run them off. If does were to do the same thing he wouldn't even bat an eye. Think

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Re: Going on my first antelope hunt!

I have been able to call in Pronghorn Buck using the Primos Pronghorn Buster. I'm pretty sure that it only works during the rut when the're protecting their harems.

Appart from plenty of water, knee pads and binoculars you shouldnt need much more equipment. This year I plan on using my upland hunting pants w/ burr prooff leggings.

Good luck!!!!! Big smile

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