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Well my Wyoming hunt was a great success! On the second day I filled my tag. It was pretty wide open terrain (more than I perfer), but that's what makes it fun/frustrating.

Details: Thursday: Couldn't get any closer than 600yds. Spooked them out of the area they were feeding in. Went back in the next day (Friday) and they were about half mile away. So I laid down and started my wait (0845hr). There were 2 bucks trying to get at some of the does but the dominated buck was running his arse off after the 2 other bucks. I did fall asleep for 50 minutes. After waiting almost 7 1/2 hours (he was down at 1610hr) they finally got within range. Unfortunally the big buck never presented a shot, and being so open I didn't want to chance it any longer. There were 28 in the herd and that is alot of eyes, besides my neck was killing me from laying there keepng an eye on them. I was able to get one of the smaller ones (as you can see from the pictures there was absolutely no cover to speak of) and he was the first buck to get in my field of fire. I had ranged a small group of rocks at 248 yds. He was real close to them so I decided to take the shot (after he was down I ranged him at 262yds). Bad part was it took 2 shots to anchor him. First one knocked him down and I thought I had a good hit, but he got back up. Fired a quick second shot and missed. He took about 4 steps and stopped again. This time I took my time and hit him again and he was down for good. The first shot I hit him high above the shoulders, the second hit was right through the lungs quatering forward. I feel bad it took 2 shots, because I pride myself in my marksmanship. This is the 5th antelope I have shot ( 2nd furthest by the way) and all were one shot kills. I guess after lying down all that time, not eating and with rain showers off an on, must have drained my concetration.

Anyhow all the meat is vacuum packed and in the freezer. I'm beat.

Gun was my trusty Ruger M77 MKII .243 with Hornady 100 Gr BTSP behind IMR4350

Thanks for looking

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I consider myself a pretty decent hunter, one shot kill, patient, and do things the right (read "Hard") way. This guy is a hunter. I have never been patient enough to lay in wait 7 hours for any animal. I push the issue and usually scare them off, not getting a shot. Congrats on a well deserved trophy.

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That's great determination Big Callin's right , you deserve that one Thumbs up

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My Antelope Trip

I was in the south central part of Wyoming. We camped out on BLM land. It was at a elevation of 7500 ft. Got there Friday and set up camp. Hunted some in the afternoon and realized how friggin challenging it was going to be.

Hunted Saturday morning and stalked one, but he spotted us before I could get into range. Waited out a hail storm and went out in the afternoon.

I was with another guy and flipped a rock to see who would get first shot. I won and we spotted one about a mile away. We worked our way up a ravine and came to a ridge. If our calculations were right we thought he would be over the next ridge so we stayed low and worked our way up. We crawled on our hands and knees for about 500 yards until we came to the top of the ridge. We learned to stay real low from the first stalk we blew.

The buck was bedded down with three does about 300 yards away. He was laying down behind a sage brush so I didn't have a shot. I waited until he stood up and when he turned broadside I fired. He started to run so I said oh poop, I missed, but he only went about 15 feet turned in a circle and fell backwards dead.

Great time and great hunt. All four of us were sucessful.

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Here is all four.

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That's GREAT Big smile I can't wait to give that a try someday Yes

Now it's time for you to get on these WT's Yes I noticed the weather this morning had gotten them to moving some.

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redrider wrote:
That's GREAT Big smile I can't wait to give that a try someday Yes

Now it's time for you to get on these WT's Yes I noticed the weather this morning had gotten them to moving some.

Definitely - I thought about WT hunting the entire way back. We drove straight out and straight back. 14 hours each way.

The antelope hunt was cool, but I love to WT archery hunt.

The thing I really liked about the hunt is we did it on public land without a guide.

Cool sidebar. We were a couple of miles from our ATV. Walking along and here comes a pickup truck. A young woman is driving and offers us a ride. Hmmm.....lets see, two mile walk or ride. Turns out her father grazes cattle on the BLM land where we were hunting. She told us her dad would let us hunt his private ranch, but we didn't take her up on it.

She was very nice and darn near amazing. She was out locating a bull and when she find it, she walked behind it with a whip for miles and miles. We passed her later that day about five miles from the truck walking behind the bull taking it to who knows where.

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Did you get her # for next year? lol

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redrider wrote:
Did you get her # for next year? lol

hehe...truth is I sat on the tailgate. I let my single hunting buddy ride in the cab with her. We could have all squeezed in the cab but it would have been tight so I opted to ride in the back.

He was quite taken with her. She had this wholesome girl next door beauty, hair in a ponytail with a ball cap and she could drive a bull by herself. He kept saying, she is the marrying type.

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Hey, that's even better! He could get hitched up to her and you guys could have hunting rights for a long time Yes

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