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Posted: February 27 2018 at 10:11pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Have you hunted pronghorn antelope?

I wanted to since I was a youngster, and finally in 2012, in my mid 50's, I made it happen. Wyoming of course!

They are so very fun to hunt! Classic "spot and stalk" often with very little concealment available. They're often in good-sized herds, and there are so many of them looking for danger, they can be difficult to approach. A premium is placed on accuracy. A powerful rifle is NOT necessary. And surprising me, all three of mine have tasted GREAT! I'd put them right up there, a bit better than either whitetail or elk. Tender. Very nicely flavored meat.

Little fellow I found in Oregon, actually took the photo while seated on my motorcycle, fairly close to him. He and a buddy were very curious about my quiet little Suzuki 650 and were content to just look, from well under 50 yards, for quite a while.


Much nicer buck in Wyoming. I was hunting, but he was on the wrong side of the road. I had no permission to hunt that land! So, I shot him with the camera.


2016 buck, taken from prone with the 30-06 and a 165 gr Nosler Ballistic tip, from about 245 yards. Scrappy rascal:


2014 buck, taken from kneeling, with the 25-06 rested on a rock, from about 160 yards. Used a 115 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip:


2012 buck, taken from standing, with the 25-06, at about 160 yards. Used a 115 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip:


I imagine we've got some folks who have shot dozens of antelope. I surely do love hunting them, and hope to be after them again this fall!

Best o' luck to all you antelope hunters!

Guy

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Posted: February 28 2018 at 12:24am | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

OK, rub it in Guy!
Only saw some while driving through WY a few times.....


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Posted: February 28 2018 at 4:14am | IP Logged Quote M700



More of the critters, central Oregon, summer 2016.

They sure are interesting to watch. When the herd runs, it looks like it's flowing across the landscape.

Guy
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Posted: February 28 2018 at 8:45pm | IP Logged Quote rednekpaul

Pronghorn have always been one of my favorite animals to hunt. They can be very challenging. Leave yur 30-30 at home and bring a long range and accurate rifle. Be prepared to shoot 200-300 yards or further. I`ve probably shot a couple dozen of them but the last couple years my wife been doing the hunting. The key to a good eating pronghorn is get a young one. IMHO its the best wild meat out there. last fall my wife nailed this on with her .257 Weatherby at around 350 yards.

This one was a year ago from about 300 yards with her .257 Weatherby.

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My brother in law brought back some antelope meat
from a hunt out west a few years back, and I will
agree very tasty meat.

He made some tacos with the meat and had
some very tender small steaks. Excellent !

He used his 6mm Remington.

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Don't care much about eating the darn things unless it's jerky or salami etc.
Love to hunt them tho.

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I have hunted them once and absolutely loved it. But then, hunting a
National Antelope preserve should be good...

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The ones on the east side of Montana for
the most part are very tasty, with the
very occasional exception if you hunt in
an area that is without any grain farming
activity and all scrub land. They roam
fairly widely and they like to chomp on
the farmers grain fields (which probably
is some annoyance for the farmers but
makes them very tasty).

My usual gun for them is an old 220-swift,
don't take much to knock them down but you
do have to shoot far and very accurately.
One of my personal "bests" is when I got
one of them with my Mosin 7.62x54R sniper
rifle with a cast boolit load with old
WWII sniper scope not modern optics at
just over 200-yards. I will admit though
that I did cheat and I was packing that
gun on my back with the trusty 220-swift
in my hands and only switched to the Mosin
to take that shot because I managed to get
that close where the weather was
cooperating at the same time and the wind
had died down. Otherwise I would have
used the trusty swift.

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Posted: March 06 2018 at 1:33pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

I shot this one in Custer State Park, back in 2005...




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