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Wonderful Failure

Alright, I do not actually believe that not getting an animal on the ground means that it was a failure of a hunt.  I am simply admitting that I did not even draw back on an antelope.  However, it was still alot of fun running around with my dad and brother trying to get within my bow range for a shot.  

I got within ~40 yards of the largest buck I have ever seen in season in my area, unfortunately, I need to get to within 30 yards for me to take an ethical shot.  We got that close using the terrain and belly-crawling, but we came just short of closing the deal.  My brother carried the buck decoy around for me, and walking behind it, we were able to get within ~60 yards of a buck on atleast two different occaisions.  For the most part, the antelope seemed to largely ignore us behind the decoy.  

We did not see much rut activity yet.  We saw one or two bucks rounding up some does, but not much real interest there.  It was interesting how actively bucks were avoiding each other.  Whenever a new buck would enter an area, either the current buck we were watching or the buck that just showed up would leave almost immediately after they caught sight of each other.  Seeing that response made us wish we had a doe decoy instead of a young buck decoy.  

I hope I can make it out there atleast one more time before the end of archery season.  Sorry I did not take any pictures.  I have a bit of a one-track mind.  In the mean time, I will continue to be taunted by the memories of that big buck bedded down just out of range.  

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I like your enthusiasm and

I like your enthusiasm and excitement that you show even though you didn't get one yet. Hopefully you can get out there again for at least one more try.

I think it's funny that you kept suggesting that I take pictures while I was out scouting, to share here, and then you forget to take any yourself. I know what you mean though as it's hard to remember when your trying to just get a better look.

Good luck on the next round.

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Nice little story. Just

Nice little story. Just getting out with your dad and brother and having a story like this to tell is a great hunt. Have been on many fantastic and successful hunts over the years and never released an arrow or fired a shot. Have been on some hunts where I have taken an animal but it was not a great hunt due to other situations. Being in the outdoors with family and friends is at least 70% of the hunt and never pass up the chance to go. I have missed a few seasons and thou I had no control over missing them, I do regret that I did. Good luck and keep trying and someday it will all come together. 

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Sorry to hear you were not

Sorry to hear you were not able to put one down, but great story none the less.  Keep at it, you'll get your chance at that nice antelope you want.  Good luck, and keep us updated!

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Thanks for the comments and

Thanks for the comments and well wishes.  Planning on giving it one more try this Saturday, so hopefully we can make it happen.  

Hunter, I was expecting you to call me out since I specifically asked you for pictures a while back.  Thanks for not disappointing.   lol

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So, I made it out last

So, I made it out last Saturday and again came up empty-handed.  I tried a doe decoy this time, and had less luck with it than the young buck decoy the weekend earlier.  The antelope were more active, but they seemed more interested in running away from each other than in rounding up a new doe or chasing off a young buck.  I will keep trying the decoys in the future, and, I hopefully eventually, I can employ the correct decoy in the right situation at the right time.  

I did not get any pictures of antelope again, but I did take some pictures of some deer we came across.  

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Keep Trying

All you can do is keep trying until you get it down. Still better to be out trying than watching it all on TV. With your drive and determination you will succeed. Good luck in the future and on any other hunts you have this year.  

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Very nice!  Looks like some

Very nice!  Looks like some black on the tip of the tail, so is that not a true albino?

Keep at it, you'll stick one!  How many more antelope trips for you before the season ends, or was this it?

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It has brown eyes, and there

It has brown eyes, and there is some black on its tail so it is not a true albino.  It is still pretty cool to see.  

That was it for my archery antelope trips for the year.  I am already looking forward to trying it again next year.  

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Absolutely, very cool to

Absolutely, very cool to see!  I think that's actually prettier than a true albino.  I wonder if they would call that a piebald, even if there is no visible gray or brown other than the tip of the tail.

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Absolutely, very cool to

Absolutely, very cool to see!  I think that's actually prettier than a true albino.  I wonder if they would call that a piebald, even if there is no visible gray or brown other than the tip of the tail.

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