I had the idea of calling antelope, never had heard one before and this was my first antelope hunt and archery one to boot. I know it sounds crazy to most hunters calling a antelope but I just had it in my head that I was going in the middle of the rut and they have to have some kind of vocalization at this time of year. Mention antelope hunting and calling in the same breath, well the old timers thought I fell off the rocker and the bets were on!
The knowledge about antelope hunting and calling, like many big game species has increased dramatically in the past few years but I still couldn’t find any real good info on the sounds a antelope in the rut or any time at all would make. I searched day in and day out with countless hour on the web with not much luck there’s not a lot of info out there on this subject.
At the local pro shop my brother pick up the ELK Inc. - "Antelope Talk" call and thought that we would give it a try along with our home made decoys. Well the day had come and we where on the road to our hunting grounds. The spot and stalk was on after the 3rd or 4th stalk we had a average buck with about 8 does with him coming in to the decoy as the girls started to disperse with a new buck (decoy) in the vicinity he got all confused and we got the chance to hear them all calling and talking back and forth as he tried to round up his does and keep them all in a tight group.
With the buck running frantically around call "MEEEP----MEEEP" and keeping a close eye on the decoy at all times. I discovered this could be a sound I could easily mouth. These stalks continued through out the day observing their vocalization every chance I could wait for the right buck and time to try my new found MEEEP. That night I practiced a few times and it sounded very close to me to the real thing.
Day 2 my brother tags out on a stalk early in the day with a 72 inch goat and now its up to me to close. We spied a herd walking along a hill top with the buck trailing the does. I had made my way 500 yds in front of them at the bottom of the hill hoping they would come straight to me. I thought I would try my luck with mouthing a call to lure him in. I let out 2 meeps and low and behold there he is standing on the top of the hill looking down. Surprised how fast he closed the distance I let out one more meep and that was it, he made a 100 yard charge down the hill right to me and turned broad side at 20 yards and that was it! Good thing I had my release hook on my D loop because I know I was shaking.
The meep is made through the nasal cavity and with only slightly pronouncing the "p" at the end, if you ever get the chance to try it believe me it works!
ELK Inc. - "Antelope Talk" call we found later to also be very affective but it was only after hearing the Antelope talking that we were able to reproduce the sound properly.