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I'm jack'd, in a few weeks i'm off to the NW corner of SD for a goat hunt. I'll be hunting solo unguided. Oh yea, did I mention this is my first pronghorn hunt.

I've reading over the posts and see little on SD, lots of WY and MT, not sure why but SD was the tag I could get on short notice.

I'm out for a "nice" goat, what is an easy way to judge the horns based on the ears? How far above should the horns be above the ears for a good goat.

Ready to be a speed goat hunter,

Augie

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Their ears are about 6 inches long on a mature goat so you want atleast double or more that length, remeber they curl so your gunna have exstra inches. Look for where the base of the horns is as wide as base of thier ears One would like the prong to be stickign out 2 inches or more from main. The are pretty easy to judge once you see some. If your going to spend quality time judgeing bring a spotting scope time they are hunted a few times even good binocs will not be enough power to see well enough to juge them, they can get real spooky real fast. I have had pretty good success flagging then as well as decoy use, especially near a water hole with a decoy, and flagging has drawn in billies from half mile away.

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Romey,

Thumbs up That's excatly what I was looking for thanks. Bases as wide as their ears, and twice as long as the ears. PERECT. Guess all I 've got to do now is look a few over.

I'll be using my Leopold 8x42's binos and a el-cheapo Bushnell 18-32 spotting scope. Would like to get a better scope, just don't have the $ right now.

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augie, Have a great hunt and let us know how you end up doing.

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Augie,

I hunted in NW SD when I was stationed at Ellsworth in the early 90's, so I can't give you any good intel now. I had the previledge to hunt a ranch. There were lots of antelope. You state you want a "nice" goat, that is subjective. At the time I was there a 12"-14" was not out of the question. Now most would not consider that a nice goat, but I do.

Goodluck

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12"-14" would suit me just fine. Thumbs up

What would be the best way to get the meat home? in a cooler on the plane?

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Do you have Butte tags or Harding? I'm going out to the nw corner of Butte.

Dakota

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TeamRealtreeHunter wrote:
Do you have Butte tags or Harding? I'm going out to the nw corner of Butte.

Dakota

I'm hunting the next county east. Zone 53A, Perkins county north of Route 20.

I've gone over my packing list this morning. Got my stuff laid out on a table in the garage, hunting clothes washed, I'm ready. Come on Oct 11th.

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Perkins is just to the west of Corson, where I'm hunting antelope this year. Good country. I used to head south of Lemmon along the grand river for Deer - never hunted antelope there though. My season starts Oct 4th - which is tomorrow. Good luck ..

Anyway they can see you and hear you a long way off ...use the ridges and hills to your advantage and peep over the top with bino's as you go.
Body mass is a good indicator from very far out. Each herd will have a big male, you who will be busy eating, defending his gals or making babies. You can pick him out pretty easily. As far size of the rack - 6 inches above the ears is about 12"

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Rippinyj - that's not a JEEP reference is it? My rig is a '96 XJ with 33" MTs, 8.8 rear, 4:56 gears and lockers front and back.

Anyhow back to the subject at hand, is there somewhere around Lemmon that has a freezer I can use to freeze the meat before the flight home?

Man I'm stoked, less than a wekk now.

Augie

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Got one ! Man what a hunt. Shot a small buck, saw a bunch of larger ones too far away, and passed on another small buck that I stalked up on while bedded. Soo cool to be able to spend the day walking around looking for game. Much better than sitting in a tree stand.

Guess I'll try it again next year.

Augie

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