View Full Version : My 1st Antelope
09-27-2010, 11:08 PM
Got him in Nevada. Lots of fun, good hunt, can't wait to do it again. Looks like I'm hooked on antelope.
09-28-2010, 05:29 AM
Nice going, congrats!
I'm jonesin' for a 25-06 in a Ruger #1 to take West and bag a Pronghorn.
09-28-2010, 07:17 AM
Nice Lope! What area did he come from?
Inchr48 why the 25-06? Have you considered any of the WSM calibers?
09-28-2010, 08:02 AM
Just thought the 25-06 would do double duty as a nice long range coyote gun here in the Midwest, while providing enough oomph to take the deer and antelope size critters.
The Short Magnums have just never "tripped my trigger", although I've seen their deadly results posted.
So many guns, so little time............
muley4me, what caliber/bullet did you use for your Pronghorn?
09-28-2010, 09:26 AM
Nevada unit 205 got him with a .270, 140 grain Winchester Failsafe. I missed a giant on opening day. Now I have to wait 5 years to apply for a Nevada Lope. ffice:office" /><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>
09-29-2010, 09:42 PM
Nice Goat! And congrats on your first! Reading your post I looked up in my den at my first. I had him mounted. Not the biggest or best horns but he has character and I have the memory. I hunt pronghorn with a .270 also. I shoot it well and it never lets me down! My rifle likes the Hornady custom 130gr Interbond. I usually hunt my friend's ranch every year. My friend shoots a 25-06. His den is full of muley horns too!
This year I have a buck and doe/kidd tags. I also got two muley tags to fill while I am pronghorn huntin. I am leaving this coming weekend for a week at the ranch. Reading your post gets my heart pumping in anticipation.
I gotta feelin you ain't gonna wait another 5 years to hunt them again! Once you are bitten it is just about always terminal. In South Dakota the number of tags are down but they still give out good numbers of non-res. The same goes for Eastern Montana. North Dakota had to close the season this year. Wyoming gives out a good number of non-res. The very North-Eastern corner of Wyoming is seeing a decrease in the herds, but the rest of the state is booming. Supposed to be a boom year for trophy bucks, so we may see some really big can-openers come out of Wyoming this season.
Thanks for sharing...nice pic of you both!
09-30-2010, 01:15 PM
Cowpoke, good luck, sounds like a blast. Diffidently not going to wait 5 years, Iím already looking at Wyoming. South Dakota is a bit too far for me. Are you hunting deer and antelope in Wyoming? I hear most of the eastern part of Wyoming is private property.
09-30-2010, 04:41 PM
I hunt South Dakota. That is true that there is more private property in the Eastern part of Wyoming. However, there is also plenty of public ground. Many of the Western states now have a good portion of private land in "walk-in areas" for the hunting seasons. In South dakota, GFP pays about one dollar an acre (I think, don't quote me though) to the ranchers to allow public hunting for pronghorn and deer. Most of the other Western states have similiar programs.
One of the ranchers that gave me permission to hunt over the years put in 50,000 acres in walk-in Area. You don't need permission to hunt on most designated walk-in areas. Once you get to know folks the ranchers are generally good about letting you on the private land. Pronghorn compete for graze and water against their cattle so most of them are glad when you caan take a few out. The big consideration is to let them know that you know the game and will respect their livestock, fences and gates. Also, they are busy getting things done before the snow flies. They don't have alot of time to stand around and BS. Their ranch hands are usually on the clock. Being considerate and respectful is usually enough to get you on much of the time.
Here is the deal in Wyoming for walk-in areas.
09-30-2010, 07:42 PM
I'm hoping to get my 1st this weekend as well.
09-30-2010, 07:56 PM
Congrats. It's addicting, ain't it? I love hunting speed goats. I've taken all 4 of mine with a Rem. 700 25-06. The best gun for pronghorns in my opinion. I use balistic tip bullets. Very flat shooting gun. You need that with some of the long shots you get with Pronghorns and it's has plenty of knock down power.
10-01-2010, 07:03 AM
Gun shops gotta luv that! :thumbs up2:
Some rifle calibers have kept outdoor writers busy for the last 80 years. The .270 is one of them. I am rather "old school" in that regard I guess. I reckon that if the .270 was good enough for jack O'conner, that it's good enough for me. There have been times that I had a little goat out thar bout 300 yards in a 40 mile an hour wind. The .270 can certainly shoot more flat than I can though. The sectional density of a good .270 bullet really shines. Thus, the ballistic coefficient is excellent.
Granted I have tore up more pronghorn backstrap with a 130gr .270 than I care too. It doesn't really seem to take very much to bring the little goats down. I was thinking about getting a new rifle for the wife. She is a bit recoil shy and wants to take a trophy mulie. I have been wonderin how much more recoil a 25-06 has over a .243? She is a good hunting partner. She laughs at my Norwegian jokes but not the blonde jokes! :bounce-aqua:
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