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SD Goat Hunt

Congrats augie! Got any pictures to share? Big smile

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Here is a link for a few of my photos

http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=243507080/a=44312218_443...

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Location: North Dakota
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nice job

Yep I'm a jeep guy, congrats on your SD hunt.

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Location: SW Missouri
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Be ready to see a lot of really nice goats..I hunted the northwest corner the opening week..Saw a lot of bucks that would easily go 14+inches just driving down the highway..I hunted just north of Faith, SD...Good luck and they are def. there! Some examples are on my post..( SD Speed Goats). Good Huntin'..

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Location: Catawba, Wisconsin
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I'm new to pronghorn hunting. I'm only sixteen and my dad is getting layed off all the time so he's short on cash. I've been looking a lot at south dakota. I was wondering how "easy" it is to get a goat with a bow and what are the best ways to approach them. I'm hoping to do this next year. Every comment will help!

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Re: New goat hunter
jman474 wrote:
I'm new to pronghorn hunting. I'm only sixteen and my dad is getting layed off all the time so he's short on cash. I've been looking a lot at south dakota. I was wondering how "easy" it is to get a goat with a bow and what are the best ways to approach them. I'm hoping to do this next year. Every comment will help!

jman474, I can't think of anything much harder than a "do it yourself " antelope hunt with a bow. On a four day hunt, you will probably spend 2 days scouting, and 2 days letting them get use to your blind. It may actually be cheaper to do a semi-guided hunt where you spend all your time hunting instead of scouting and putting up blinds. Let an outfitter do that part. I wish I could say it was ez, about 1 out of every 6.5 hunters takes an animal on my place. This is with advances scouting, trail cams, blinds set up 1 month prior etc, so figure it s a lot lower for a DIY hunt ( I would guess 1/10 or worse). It took me 8 years to kill my first with a bow, although I lived in the same state I huntedtravel was my biggest expense. Hope this helps, send me a PM if you need to know more.

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Location: Catawba, Wisconsin
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New goat hunter

How easy is it to get a rifle tag in harding, perkins, or butte county south dakota. Is there a long wait involved or is it pretty much a 100% draw success?

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Re: New goat hunter
NMBlackGold wrote:
jman474 wrote:
I'm new to pronghorn hunting. I'm only sixteen and my dad is getting layed off all the time so he's short on cash. I've been looking a lot at south dakota. I was wondering how "easy" it is to get a goat with a bow and what are the best ways to approach them. I'm hoping to do this next year. Every comment will help!

jman474, I can't think of anything much harder than a "do it yourself " antelope hunt with a bow. On a four day hunt, you will probably spend 2 days scouting, and 2 days letting them get use to your blind. It may actually be cheaper to do a semi-guided hunt where you spend all your time hunting instead of scouting and putting up blinds. Let an outfitter do that part. I wish I could say it was ez, about 1 out of every 6.5 hunters takes an animal on my place. This is with advances scouting, trail cams, blinds set up 1 month prior etc, so figure it s a lot lower for a DIY hunt ( I would guess 1/10 or worse). It took me 8 years to kill my first with a bow, although I lived in the same state I huntedtravel was my biggest expense. Hope this helps, send me a PM if you need to know more.

Thanks for the advice, so you think a rifle hunt would be better?

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jman, I don't want to discourage you from bowhunting, but you may end up in the nut house after 3 or 4 years of bowhunting antelope on your own. Honestly I would suggest doing a rifle hunt first (or a semi-guided bowhunt), get a couple under your belt, get the fever, and then hit em with a bow. We need young folks like you out
antelope hunting, would hate to see you frustrated and give it all up. You will probably save some money also, you will get one probably on the first day and your on your way home. Unless you live near the animals, bowhunting pronghorns out of state is expensive (travel, time, lodging, meals, blinds, decoys etc.)

PS: Another option would be doing a "any legal sporting arm" hunt. This allows you to hunt with any weapon you want, if you can't get close with a bow, break out the long rifle and get busy (This is the most popular with our clients). To most people, "any legal sporting arm" translates to a rifle hunt, but not really.

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