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Hello!

Hello everyone. My name is James, and I currently live in Eastern Nebraska, via Oregon three years ago. I'm new to big game hunting in general... hunted pheasants and chukars for about 8 years in Oregon. Been having a blast with the deer the last three years here, and have gotten comfortable with a rifle and muzzleloader. Last season was my first with a bow, and it was... well.... comical! Since the season ended, I have practiced and gotten more comfortable. I am really looking forward to this deer season.

I have two preference points for antelope in Nebraska, so I expect to draw next year. So this year, my wife and I are going to spend some time in the Ogallala Grasslands in the NW corner of NE, with my bow. Truth be told, I don't know much about antelope, and we have only seen that part of the state once (on our way to the Badlands). But we love to travel and explore, so it should be a fun trip, if not successful.

Anyway, that's why I am here... I was gathering information online and stumbled on your site. Thought I'd join and say hello. Happy hunting (or planning!) 

 Take care, James

 

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James, Thanks for the intro &

James, Thanks for the intro & Welcome to BGH! Thumbs up

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welcome to BGH

I know that country very well.  There are quite a few dugouts and other livestock tanks which are marked on most of the Nebraska Nat'l Forest/Grasslands maps.  It's tough to kill them with a bow, but they are very visible.  Realize of course that the grasslands aren't contiguous, and are very patchy, so make sure you know where you are at all times.  Good luck.

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Welcome to the forum.  This

Welcome to the forum.  This is a great place and alot of great guys here.  Nebraska is a great state for all kinds of hunting.  We head there very year to chase thunder chickens.  I may move my way over and try and start hunting whitetails there with my bow.  If ya wanna get some practice on some antelope...apply for some doe tags in Wyoming...you can get two for under a hundred bucks.  We also head there every year for antelope.

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Welcome to the forum James!

Welcome to the forum James!  You will find that BigGameHunt.net is a great place to share your hunting experience and learn from the stories of other members.  There really is a wealth of information and experience from the great guys (and ladies) here.  You have the right attitude for success.  Enjoy yourself and be safe and all the rest will follow along naturally enough as time goes by.   I look forward to hearing more from you and learning about hunting in Nebraska dn in Oregon.  I have never (yet!) visited either state.  Mike

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Welcome to the forum. There

Welcome to the forum.

There is a ton of inforamtin here to learn from or to just hang out and share your stories. The Pine ridge area up there is definately on my list for a muzzle loader hunt one of these days, I just haven't had time to work it in yet.

Good luck on yor hunting this year and keep us informed on how it's going.

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Welcome

Welcome to the forum James.  You stumbled onto a great site.  The people on here are genuine and eager to share.  They will give you advice, share their stories and ideas and rejoice with you on your successes.

Don't hesitate to ask questions; even the ones you think might be a little crazy.  You will get answers and it might surprise you how well your questions are answered.

I have been on several other big game sites but none that are as interesting and interactive as this one.  You'll be surprised at how quickly you'll get a response from something you write.  And the response will be quick, direct and honest.  I have been impressed with the members on this site and their willingness to open up and share their experiences and ideas.

Good luck on your antelope hunting.  That is one of the most fun hunts you will go on.  You will more than likely see game regularly and will be amazed at how quickly they spot you and how fast they are.  On my first ever antelope hunt, we made a silhouette and tried to sneak up on some bucks, crawling behind it.  It was a hoot!!  We were archery hunting and I'd love to tell you we were successful, but that just wouldn't be the truth.  We ended up getting our bucks but it was from a blind over a waterhole.  Antelope hunting is one of the most exciting big game hunts I've been on.  And if taken care of properly, the meat is fantastic!!!

Welcome to the site James and good luck.

 

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Welcome james, as far as bow

Welcome james, as far as bow hunting for antelope goes you should be able to just buy a tag, as far as that area goes, I think you need at least 4 points now for a rifle tag, If bow hunting try to find a water hole, you can knock on some doors to gain access as my landowners are not fond of the speed goats. Good luck.

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Thanks everyone. I'm pretty

Thanks everyone. I'm pretty excited about this hunt. I've had the honor of hunting with my wife for around 10 years now.... she used to love hunting birds in Oregon but since I discovered (and became addicted to) deer, and since we moved to Nebraska, she feels like hunting won't be something she does much of in the future, even for birds. That's too bad, but of course it's her choice, and I can't pressure her into it.

This trip actually reminds me of a lot of our bird (chukar) hunts in OR: An 8 hr drive all night, wide open country, few people, a lot of driving around, looking/listening for birds, deciding that particular hill over yonder looked "birdy" and doing a lot of hiking & climbing.... I might be totally wrong but that's how I picture this hunt as well.

So we'll see. I don't expect her to hunt antelope, but I'm hoping she'll like the journey enough to want to join me in the future. She's pretty good with a camera too, so I imagine she'll enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

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I do have a question though

I do have a question though -- we will be headed northwest of Harrison, within a couple miles of the SD and WY borders. None of the maps I have seen show any campgrounds in this neck of the woods. I'd hate to have to drive back to Harrison every night. Does anyone know of a campground up there with some kind of water and the abiliy to make a fire?

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there's a campground up there

North of Harrison, there's the Gilbert-Baker WMA, it's on a creek that usually flows.  It has maybe 10 campsites.