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Weather - Am I Looking for Anything Different?

 

Heading east in CO early tomorrow morning for my antelope hunt.  The weather is supposed to be 1-3 inches of snow, a high of 25 degrees and a 17 mph wind from the N.  This is my first Antelope hunt and cannot find anything on the internet for me to hunt any differently than the plan - find and stalk.  Should I be doing anything different?  Yes, some may say stay home!  lol

 

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Good binos, good boots, and

Good binos, good boots, and good shooting.  Have fun, shoot straight, and get a good one!

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That pretty much covers it.

That pretty much covers it. I've never hunted them in the snow or even gone to look for them so it would be interesting if they are harder to spot that way. Let us know how it goes and good luck.

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The last time that I was on a

The last time that I was on a hunt for them in the cold and snow they were easy to spot.  They were in herds of over 100 animals and if you can't spot that many animals you have problems.  But then finding where that herd is could be a problem. 

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I never thought about them

I never thought about them herding up like that, the only time I have hunted them is mostly mid september and then a few times the first week of October here in Colorado.

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  Crittter - I am hunting on

 

Crittter - I am hunting on Colorado Big Game access land.  I paid an additional $40 for the opportunity to hunt them on this 12,000 acre private property ranch.  I have only seen 3 very small herds of maybe 15 animals in each group this past week in total so the 50 animals in total are not the 100+ animals in each herd you may be used to seeing where you are hunting.  I don't have problems seeing them - and if I saw 100+ per herd I would not be asking for advice but rather sending in a story with pics tomorrow.  I am asking if I need to do anything differently in the weather I am faced with. If not then please tell this antelope hunting green-horn just that!

 

 

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  I wasn't sure if I needed

 

I wasn't sure if I needed to stalk any differently based on the poor weather.  I will let you know what I see tomorrow.  I am good at getting real close based on earlier attempts before the season so I expect to be able to be within 200 to 300 yards easily and be able to take my first antelope doe!  i will let you know of the outcome.  Thumbs up

 

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What I was getting at is that

What I was getting at is that it is now winter weather and most likely the antelope will be herded up for the winter.  I haven't hunted or even been where you are going so it may be a crap shoot on what you will find.  As far as stalking them you are going to have to figure that if they are herded up you will have just that many more eyes looking for danger which will make stalking that much harder.  Also it will depend on just what kind of pressure that they have been seeing.  If they have been hunted they may be quite spooky.  There are a lot of variables out there that most of us will not be able to help you with. 

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  Thanks Critter - I read

 

Thanks Critter - I read your first response not as you intended. 

From 7am until about 2:00pm it was blowing snow and I could only see about 100 yards in any direction.  And it appeared that many other people bought the Big Game Access permit as well and were all driving around and being more hunters in the plains than what I anticipated.  Well I must have walked around for about 8 miles and only saw one herd of about 15 animals and that was at 4:15pm... and they were too far away for a shot - about 1000 yards... and when a truck drove by they bolted.  So I am going back out there Monday thu Wednesday.  There should be less hunters and if needed there are 4 other ranches in this big game access program in the area - I will try a couple of them.

 

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  Well after hunting antelope

 

Well after hunting antelope this past week I came home with nothing.  I saw more antelope on the drive to and from the property I was hunting than what I saw there.  I tried two other big game access ranches on friday but it was too foggy to see for several hours so I went back to the original ranch.  I think I will try an earlier season next year and maybe even Wyoming.

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Sorry to hear you didn't get

Sorry to hear you didn't get into them Mark!  Always next year though.... Wink

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