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Location: Pueblo Colorado
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My first Antelope hunt
NMBlackGold wrote:
SoCoKHntr wrote:
Yes, opening morning was a mad house where I hunted as well. At one point I saw three trucks full speed racing trying to get on herd and then guns blazing. You heard shots all day like a war zone. Saw one guy jump out of a truck and start blazing at a nice buck 100 yards off the road. He must have been shooting an auto (six fast shots) and missed that buck completely. Lots of hunters and lots of lead flying. Felt sorry for those goats.

Is this all happening on public lands or private? Are they driving across the pastures in their trucks?

No, I didn't see anyone driving thru the prairies but on the main roads when I saw the three trucks racing after the herd. It was a mix of a little public and lot of private. They stuck to the roads but were racing to get position on the animals and stopping blasting. I did observe one man guiding and one female hunter stalking a small band on foot for a good three four miles. She kept getting ready to shoot in windy conditions and then the animals would move. I watched em for a good forty five minutes by bino. I'm sure she eventually got her tag filled.

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My first Antelope hunt

Glad I was out at the beginning of bow season then!!!

I have had many an occurrences such as y'all speak of while trying to hunt 2nd or 3rd season deer/elk here in CO, and thus haven't pulled a tag for those seasons in a couple of years now.

Heck back in Aug I did not even see another bow hunter for over two weeks!

Of course I had to end up EATING that pronger tag as I got a little too picky for my own good after stalking within 50yds of a HEAVY ~18" incher on opening day! After that I had my sights set then on a dandy loper. Mr. Cool! By far the absolute biggest pronghorn I have even seen in person!! I did not even have an idea he was that big till I was low crawling right in front of him! Boy did the buck fever kick in then! After about 35mins of me sitting under his nose, another truck drove by off in the distance at least 1.5 miles away and he jumped up and went for a walk never knowing I was there sad Brick Wall,) Brick Wall,) Brick Wall,) Brick Wall,)

So I guess I had better add that this was my first ever pronger hunt too...and of course I am now addicted!!! The challenge of the stalk/hunt is what it is all about for me and I just started longbow hunting as well. GO figure why I would do that to myself, but after a billion unsuccessfull stalks I still came home empty handed ...though it was still some of the best & funnest hunting I have ever done Thumbs up

Now, I had better go practice all year long so I can feel comfortable to take a shot over 30yds! Laugh

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Location: New Mexico
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My first Antelope hunt

SoCo, I guess I can understand spotting the animals from a truck then planning a stalk, but what you are describing sounds illegal too me. The problem is very few take antelope hunting seriously, its something to kill time until the elk season. Did you end up getting one?

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Yeah, I agree NM. I drew a late season PP only doe tag for Dec. so I still have that to look forward to. I was just guiding this hunt. I watched my dad close the gap from some 400 yards to 150 on a buck that likely would have scored, but in the tall cactus he wouldn't stop moving milling around chasing does for a shot and then spooked off by other distant gun shots.

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