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Warm weather and good hunting in Wyoming

Really enjoyed the Wyoming antelope hunt this year.  We don't go up every year but it was a good time.  A good warm up for elk hunting.

4 of us went on the hunt and we went 10 for 10 on the tags we had purchased.  We killed 6 the first few hours opening morning.  Strong wind made some of those longer shots difficult.  By the 2nd day most antelope had figured out where the private land was but there were still plenty that hadn't got the message.  We saw some nice bucks, but we were hunting the low-cost tags which are doe only.

In the off season I had bought a Remington Sendero in 7mm RemMag that I used on the hunt.  I like it for longer shots.  I find it hard to adapt to a different rifle after having used the same one for 30 years.  A Sendero is a lot different from a Browning lever even though the caliber is the same on mine.  I will continue to use my Browning for elk.

I had mounted a steel rail on the back of my old motor home to hang animals for skinning.  It worked pretty good.  We had the luxury of building a campfire, but only because we brought firewood with us.  My old motor home got us to a nice camp that a lot of other campers couldn't get to because of the steep road.  I like the game processors in the Douglas area a lot.  They provide fast service and have reasonable prices.

 

 

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Nicely done...gotta love them

Nicely done...gotta love them low cost tags.  Yes they are a great tune up for elk season.  Good eatiing...looks as if you we were getting checked by a warden in one of the pics?

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We were visited by the game

We were visited by the game warden and a BLM Ranger in tandem together.  Prior to that I had never seen nor heard of a BLM ranger.  We were also stopped on the highway at a game and fish checkpoint where they were checking vehicles.  The BLM rangers are concerned with land protection issues - dumping, driving off road, and stuff like that.  He had no problem with us having a fire but warned us that if it got loose we pay the firefighting costs.  That is a big issue there because it is often very windy.  There was about 1000 acres burned black just south of the spot we were hunting.

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Right

on Alamosa! Looks like a great time. Looking forward to my goat hunt this weekend. Do you hunt Colorado for goats as well or just Wyoming?

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Colorado goats

SoCoKHntr wrote:

on Alamosa! Looks like a great time. Looking forward to my goat hunt this weekend. Do you hunt Colorado for goats as well or just Wyoming?

I hunted southeast Colorado last year and got one.  Those units down the Ark Valley that require 0 preference points tend to have lots of hunters and lots of antelope.  It can get pretty crazy down there on opening day.  I wouldn't recommend those units to a novice hunter or to someone bringing a youngster hunting.  It's OK for old salts.

For a better quality hunt either go to Wyoming or spend a preference point or two for a better unit in Colorado.

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Very nice!  Congrats!

Very nice!  Congrats!

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Congrats, Alamosa! Looks like

Congrats, Alamosa! Looks like yall had a great hunt. Thanks Thumbs up

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Looks like a good time had by

Looks like a good time had by all.

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Great pictures!

Great pictures! Congratulations on the success. I agree, hunting pronghorns is a great way to get tuned up for elk hunting. It helps ease the excitement leading up to elk season too. I am leaving tommorrow after my wildlife habitat class to head to Wyoming on my own pronghorn hunt. I am really looking forward to it. Take care and good luck on the rest of your hunts this fall.

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My dogs are still dragging

My dogs are still dragging pieces of antelope hide around the yard.  They think that is the greatest.

The dogs got me in trouble though.  They snuck an antelope leg up into the bedroom at night and my wife got up and stepped on it with bare foot.  We all got an earfull from that one.

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