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Pronghorn help?

Hey all, I'm new to the site as well as to hunting speed goats/pronghorn. I would like to hunt them next archery season, but like I said earlier I have never hunted them before. So, I am hoping that some more experienced hunters could point me in the right direction as far as tips, gear, and Northern Colorado hunting units go. I am by no means looking for anyone's honey hole, just something to get me started. Thanks in advance for the help!

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Go North young man go north!

It's easier to draw tags in WY from what I understand. I drove twenty hours to hunt antelope in WY this year and will do it again.

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20 hours is out of the

20 hours is out of the question. I have school so wherever I hunt it's going to have to be close (I'm from Loveland, CO.)

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You're in Colorado, I'm not.
That's why it was a twenty hour drive to WY for me. I would look at WY though if I were you.

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Welcome to the forum!  Plenty

Welcome to the forum!  Plenty to learn here, so stick around and share.  

From what I have heard/read, pronghorn licenses, public land, private-land access, and pronghorn numbers are all higher in WY.  Colorado is still worth hunting, but it takes more time to get preference points to get licenses in units with good numbers of animals and decent amounts of public land.  

I take it that you don't have any preference points yet?  Even though there are archery OTC pronghorn licenses in Colorado, there is very little public land in those units.  Unit 87 has lots of animals and quite a bit of public land, but even the archery buck license took 4 preference points.   Doe licenses generally take fewer preference points, but can still require preference points.  Unit 88 is a draw unit, and from a quick look at the 2011 Preference Point report, it looks like you might be able to draw an archery buck license in that unit without preference points.  I didn't dig deeper in the statistics, but it looks like there might be a chance for you to draw.  There is public land in 87, and decent antelope numbers.  Outside of that, you would likely need to get access to private land.  Landowners do seem more willing to allow hunters on their ground to chase pronghorn, but it will likely take some time and effort to talk to landowners.  

As far as gear, I have observed that antelope calls are worth buying.  I haven't got an antelope to come in to my calls, but I have used them to hold antelope, or atleast keep them from running away sooner.  I have an antelope call from E.L.K. Inc. and an antelope challenge bugle from Primos.  I also have the doe and buck decoys from Montana Decoys.  I have been able to use these to get closer to antelope than I think I would have been able without them.  I am yet to get within my shooting range, but I have got within 60 yards using them.  I have not had particularly better success with either the doe or buck decoy.  I have not been patient enough to sit in a blind by a water hole, so I can't share any opinions on ground blinds.  

Hope this helps!

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The info does help, a-lot.

The info does help, a-lot. Thanks

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So, not to push more for WY,

So, not to push more for WY, but it would be an easy weekend hunting trip from Loveland. In fact, some of the units would take you about the same amount of time to drive to as CO units 87 & 88 that I mentioned above.

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Quite honestly I would love to hunt WY. But I still don't know a whole lot about the units and so forth. I'd be hunting doe pronghorn and possibly doe mule deer. So there is no push for the units that produce nice bucks.

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Sorry I'm a little late to

Sorry I'm a little late to the thread.

Archer95, there is another recent thread that addresses hunting antelope in Wyoming and if you haven't yet seen, you should read it. Here's the link:
http://www.biggamehunt.net/forum/pronghorn-hunting-wyoming-0

In a nutshell, the hunting opportunities for pronghorn in Wyoming far outshine what's available in Colorado. And the tags are much easier to get and are relatively cheap. I haven't hunted archery for Pronghorn in Wyoming so I can't give you too much specific advice on the archery seasons, etc., but I'm sure Wyoming will have good opportunities for out-of-state archers.

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Thanks

Thanks for the help everyone I really appreciate it. The links and info were exactly what I needed.

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So, I did some looking on the

So, I did some looking on the Colorado Hunting Atlas, and there is at least one more unit worth consideration if you are only considering public land hunting.
http://ndis-flex.nrel.colostate.edu/HuntingAtlas/
Unit 89 has more public land than I thought, and it is OTC for archery. Not a ton of public land, but it looks like there is enough to give it a try. Also, I know that there are antelope in that area. Just something else to consider.

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