So, I went out archery antelope hunting yesterday morning. Even though I don't have anything on the ground yet, I still had a good time. I had to use first shooting light to finish tweaking where my broadheads were hitting, but I got the results I needed to see fairly quickly. My dad and brother went out with me to help on the hunt, so the company was great.
We spotted a nice buck right away, but a heavy fog moved in as soon as we started our stalk. I don't know if we ever managed to get closer, but when the fog lifted, the buck busted us from 200 yards away on a different ridge than we first spotted him. Later on, we tried a stalk on a very young buck, but we were only able to close the distance to within 100 yards before he vacated the area.
After lunch, we located the first buck from the morning. He was taking a nap on a hillside near where we initially found him a few hours earlier. My brother and I made what I believe was a nice stalk, finally getting with ~60 yards. We were using what we could of the hillside, and could only see the back of his head through the grass when a pickup drove by on the road about half a mile away. When the buck heard this, he stood up and took a look around. At that point, my brother and I were in full view of the buck. He didn't bolt right away, but he definitely spotted us. Eventually he got nervous, and made a semi-circle around us at about 100 yards before jogging down the hill and over to a hill to the east. If I did not have to go to a wedding that afternoon, we might have been able to give this buck another try closer to evening, but it just wasn't in the cards.
We saw some nice bucks, tried a few stalks, and came up empty handed. I had a good time, and I am looking forward to trying again over the next few weekends. Anybody else been able to get out there yet?