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watering hole

Glad to hear you at least got into the antelope.  I would call your hunt progressive because you saw some game, tried some tactics and came away a little bit smarter.  Many hunters don't realise that you should hunt every season even if you don't bag an animal, even if your odds aren't that great, you still learn something new everytime you're in the field hunting.  I agree with what the others have said.  Your best bet for getting into bow range is going to be to set up near a watering hole all day.  Or at least set up on a game trail leading to the watering hole. You're on the right track.  Good luck and don't give up.

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Update

So I still haven't made it back out to hunt recently but have some pretty solid plans in place.  I'll be out scouting some areas this weekend for the coming elk rifle season.  The following weekend (sept. 10th and 11th) I'll be hunting pronghorn again and if that is not successful, I'll be out again the following weekend for one final attempt (sept. 16th, 17th, and 18th). I want to thank you all again for all your tips and advice as it's already been a fun hunt.  I'll post my results again for anyone following this thread with more info once I return.

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No luck this season
Our archery hunt concluded with no kills this year. All things considered, I think it was a successful season anyway. We were able to get out, find decent animals and gain a significant ammount of knowledge about hunting pronghorn. A few weeks back we set out to scout our elk unit and spotted 5 antelope in a valley but our tags were no good for that area so we just watched for a bit from a distance.  This past weekend we were given one last shot to fill our tags but it just wasn't meant to be.  We spotted a nice buck and several does about 400 yds. away.  I grabbed our decoy and started to move in while they were grazing.  After about 30 yds the buck had spotted me, or at least the decoy and started moving straight towards me.  I stopped and watched as it began running straight for my decoy while I took cover behind a bush.  The buck came to 59 yds., took a look around, and then took off.  I didn't have time to get a shot off as it all happened so quickly, although I probably wouldn't take a shot until I get under 40 yds.  I was just so surprised when I saw him running right in my direction that I really didn't prepare myself for the situation.  I watched him return to his does and lead them off over a ridge.  We had noticed that water seemed to be less abundant than last time we had been hunting so it narrowed down our choices for a location to set up a blind on a watering hole.  We had spotted 7 antelope quite a ways away and found what we though was their water source and set up there.  We watched as they slowly moved in towards the water, taking up almost our entire day.  They would cover about 100 yds per hour just grazing along the way.  We got excited when we ranged them at 400 yds., knowing that as the daylight was about to start slipping away, they would be almost certainly right in front of us.  They moved within 120 yds. when we noticed them all look up and start running away to the west.  As it turns out, a truck had pulled down a trail and was about to drive right next to where our blind was set up.  We saw the truck stop, probably because they noticed our blind, and then continued to drive right past us.   We hadn't seen another vehicle in the area the entire time we had been hunting this year and while we were most likely within a half hour of our first ever kill, this happens.  My heart sank as I knew this was our best chance all season.  We did see several other antelope on this trip but nothing really worth mentioning as far as us "hunting" them.  At this point I just picked up a leftover rifle doe tag and am going to give that a shot in early october.  Until then, good luck to everyone else and I hope some of you were successful hunting this archery season.  Also, thanks for leading me down the right path and offering your thoughts and advice.  My only hope is that some day I can take my kids out and teach them all the things I've been fortunate enough to learn about hunting so that they can become successful hunters.   Thanks.
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your hunt

Thanks for sharing.  No hunt is a waste of time as far as I'm concerned.  Regardless if you don't fill your tag, you always come away a little bit smarter for the next hunt.  Hunt biggame at least one of the seasons every year, that's my advice.  Good luck on your early October hunt.

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Thanks for the update on your

Thanks for the update on your hunt.  I think that is exciting that you got a buck to come to 60 yards to check out your decoy.  I tried both buck and doe decoys, and the best reaction I got was no reaction.  At least it is already time to give it a try on your rifle doe tag this weekend, right?  Good luck on your upcoming hunts, and share how those go as well!

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