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Help! Colorado Pronghorn

I feel like a total idiot for having to ask so please take it easy on me.  I'm brand new to hunting in Colorado and am planning a Pronghorn hunting trip.   A few friends of mine and I all purchased the Pronghorn Unlimited Archery tags and need someone to point us in the right direction as to where we could go that would have land available for us to hunt.  I've been asking around and people have suggested a few areas but as I researched them, they are not available to the tags we have.  I'm in the Fort Collins area and was wondering if any of the neighboring units would be a decent place to start out. Possibly 191, 9, 94, or 95.  I really don't mind driving a distance if I have to but am only able to hunt weekends so driving all the way across the state isn't an option.  Also, none of us are looking for a trophy, just a chance to get out and have a good hunting experience.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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what units?

Try GMU 9 on the west side of the highway.  Also look at the west half of GMU 95.  Will likely have to get permission from land owners though.  Most of the areas in these GMUs are privately owned..

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Thanks!  I did take a drive

Thanks!  I did take a drive out east on 14 the other day to Briggsdale and spotted 15 antelope along the way (mostly in GMU 95 on private land).  I'll try to get out and look more into 9 as well but it looks like I'm going to have to try making friends with a few landowners in the area.  I appreciate your response, every little bit of info helps.

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So you have two State Trust Lands in 95.  Here is the STL brochure:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/92E6A12D-921E-4824-A2D5-E82659410103/0/StateTrustLands.pdf

I have never been to the Greasewoods Lake State Lease, but I have seen antelope on the Weldon Valley State Lease.  It is pretty good sized and probably worth checking out. 

There is also some of the Pawnee National Grasslands on the west end of Unit 95 just south of HWY 14.  I see antelope in that general area rather frequently.  You can use the NDIS online maps from the CDOW website (or use the new Hunter Maps off the same link) to check out where those are located.  http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/maps/frames.asp?Cmd=INIT&Referer=http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/PlanYourHunt/&MAPSIZE=1&X=400&Y=320

It would be worth getting a National Grasslands map even though most of it is in Units 87 & 88. 

Less than a week and archery season opens!  Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

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I got the map!

I went out today and got the Pawnee Grasslands map after staying up last night looking at the links you provided.  Even though it's not a huge area, I think I'll give it a shot.  Fairly close to home and I've seen a few antelope there so I think it's a good start.  Thanks for all the info, I wish I had some to share with everyone else but after a few years, hopefully I'll be able to.  I'll be out hunting next weekend both days.  I'll Keep you posted on how it goes.  Thanks a lot!

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Were you able to go hunting

Were you able to go hunting this past weekend?  Did you see anything?  Were you stalking, using decoys, sitting on a watering hole, all of the above?  Results?  

Besides getting out there myself either scouting or hunting, the next best thing is finding out how its going for others.  

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new hunters

WishIWasHunting wrote:

Were you able to go hunting this past weekend?  Did you see anything?  Were you stalking, using decoys, sitting on a watering hole, all of the above?  Results?  

Besides getting out there myself either scouting or hunting, the next best thing is finding out how its going for others.  

I was wondering the same thing.  Maybe he'll come back, and at least let us know if the info he took from this site was useful to the hunt.  You don't need to be an expert or seasoned hunter to join in discussions here. But like he said, he'll likely come back once he has something he feels he can contribiute.  Sounds like a smart person to me.  He surely was appreciative anyway. Big smile

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No luck yet

We were able to get out and give it a try this past weekend.  Sorry to leave you all hanging and not get back on here to post my results sooner.  I think overall the hunting trip was a great success.  None of us came home with an antelope but I think we learned a lot.  We tried several tactics in the short time we had to hunt and are already planning another hunt in a few weekends.  We got there just shortly after sunrise and saw a few antelope in the fields probably 500 yds from the road so we figured that would be a good place to start.  We tried stalking them for a bit but had no chance of getting close to any.  One of us got within 140 yds. and that was the closest.  The whole weekend I think we saw 6 to 7 bucks (hard to tell if they were all different or if we kept seeing the same ones a few times).  I did manage to find a pretty good watering hole where I saw lots of tracks.  I set up a blind there around noon and left with the others to try the stalking tactic again with a few decoys.  Still no luck.  I fugured we should try to be set up in the blind in the early evening for sure to see if they would come down for a drink and sure enough, I was right.  The only problem was that the antelope were heading towards the same watering hole as us but took off as soon as they saw us since we didn't give ourselves enough time to get set up.  I don't think it's at all possible for us to get within shooting range of one while stalking with our experience, so my strategy for next time is to just set up the blind and wait it out.  I'm the only member of our group who's had any hunting experience at all.  I used to hunt whitetail with my father during rifle season in the midwest when I was younger and am finding out that there are many differences between the two styles of hunting and the game in general.   Anyway, we'll give it another shot probably after labor day and again, I'll let you know how it goes.  Maybe not immediately, but within a few days for sure.  Thanks again for all your help and info.  Comments are alway appreciated.

 

 

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I may be wrong here as I have

I may be wrong here as I have never sat a water hole with a bow. But antelope habits are different than deer or elk and waiting till evening is not what I would consider the right tactic. With antelope I think you need to get there early before daylight and then plan to spend the whole day as they may show up at any time to get a drink.

Good luck on your next round it sounds like your off to a good start.

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I agree with hunter25.  I

I agree with hunter25.  I have seen antelope head to water just about every hour of the day.  I sat on one water hole a few years ago and watched a whole herd come in, but they came in one or two animals at a time.  They would take a drink and then head back over to where the rest of the hurd was located.  There was no way that you could pattern them except to say that they came into the water at some time durning the day. 

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Thanks for the update

Glad to hear you made it out, and that you at least saw a few bucks.  I think it is good that you were able to try so many tactics in a single weekend.  That is one thing about antelope hunting is that I think you definitely get more chances in a single hunt than you do hunting a lot of other animals.  If I didn't mention it before, this is my first season trying to get an antelope during archery season.  I had similar results stalking and using decoys this past weekend as you did.  I think I will give the decoy another try later in the season, hopefully once the rut has kicked in.  My brother might let me use his horse, and then I will try the Jeremiah Johnson tactic, using the horse as a walking blind.  I have been able to get within bow range on a horse before, now I need to do it in season with a bow in hand.  I have not found a water hole with enough tracks around it to make me want to spend a  day waiting in a blind.  I know that can be a very successful tactic, but I am just not there yet.  Hope you can make it out hunting again.  Good luck, and check back in to let us know how it goes.

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