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Well folks my first Wyoming Pronghorn hunt is a success. He isn't a record book Speed Goat but he is my first of many to come. I am hooked...!

Thanks to all of you folks who helped me out with my plethora of questions and advice. You know who you are.....Without your help I am quite sure my hunt would have been a dud.... Of course, I learned a lot of valuable lessons in the field but I still have alot to learn. Thanks ALL!!!!!!!

I just tried to download my pics but forgot a step so no pics... I will try and get it right tomorrow evening and see if I can't get a couple up of our hunt.

What a GREAT SITE!!! Thumbs up

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Congratulations. Can't wait to see the pictures.

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Congrats. Share with us what you learned. I am heading out next wed. for my 1st hunt in Wy. East of casper, unit 30.

I am pretty excited. Did you use a bipod or shooting stick. How about the kneepad ideas?

Thanks

Travis

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Great job on your goat. Congrats!

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After all the questions you owe us details and pictures - come on enquiring minds want to know Big smile

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OK.....OK.....!

I am going to try and attach a couple of pics. The first buck is mine and was taken on Friday, Sept. 25th at 6 PM. That is why the pic was taken in the dark. The second pic is my buddies buck, taken on Saturday, 26th at 8:00 AM.

I took mine at a range between 204-225 yards ( forgot to take the range finder into the field) and my buddies buck was taken at 246 yards (remembered to take it in the field that tme). Both of them we had to stalk and crawl to close the distance.

I will take more time later to give out more details.....

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Congrats on the goat looks good to me!

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Travis,

We hunted around Lusk and was quite pleased. We also took a hike up to the Casper area to take a gander at possible Muley and Elk land for a future hunt. As many here can tell you the pronghorns are plentiful in WY and they are really into the rut right now. In fact, we saw a pair mating..... and plenty of chasing.

Now, if you find a buck with a good size haram that may not be the big boy. Look further back over the ridge or hill and you will find the dominate buck watching from the distance for any intruders. Also, 250 yards is about as far as a buck will let you get before he bolts. If he is intent on a doe or another buck you may be able to get a little closer.

I took my kneepads but didn't use them. I did however wear gloves with leather palms. My buddy wished he would have worn the kneepads and the gloves. He is still picking spurs out of his hands and knees. I work in an industry were I have callused my knees so no kneepads were needed. Who would have ever thought that crawling homes would have been beneficial.

The one thing I would do different the next time is to take a little more time and scout out the area for a dominate buck, instead of taking the one I did. He was an older buck with a good bit of character but his horn growth was on the down swing... Plus, then we had to find something to do for the next 3 days. We could have bought some doe tags but we found out that noone really wants their meat, so it just didn't seem practical..... We just didn't want to come back empty handed...

We also thought about shooting prairy dogs but that turned out to be a bust. Between the ranchers poisoning them and the plague they are almost non existant....

Also, look in your area for areas of tall grass....they tend to use those areas for grazing and for cover.....it also aides you in your stalk and crawl....

Hope this will help you out. You shouldn't have any problems and just enjoy. Wyoming is beautiful country....

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Very nice and congratulations again.

I am glad you had a succesfull hunt.

Are you going to get him mounted?

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Hey CVC,

Yes, I am planning on getting him mounted. I am fortunate that my buddy Ed is a taxedermist so he was able to remove the hide and horns. We were planning on shipping the hide and horns home via UPS in a cooler laced with dry ice but that was going to cost $140.00. It would have been cheaper USPS but they couldn't guarantee us that we would get them in 2-3 days. So, we froze the hides and packed them in our bags with the horns for the flights home. We will have to send the hides off to get tanned but the rest should be pretty standard. Thumbs up As far as the horns all you have to do is place them in a bag for a few days and let the meat inside rot. After that let them soak in water for a couple of days and the skull plate along with the inside should come right out of the sheaths.....

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Thanks for the info. I will be heading out on Wed and will be hunting for 3 days.

I know my greatest apprehension is the tension between shooting the first decent buck and holding out for the big boy.

I iwll take the leather gloves.

Great pic and again congrats. I have a feeling that this will not be your first and last.

Take care and I will check back in in a week or so.

Thanks

Travis

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