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Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« on: October 31, 2017, 07:04:16 PM »
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Where the deer and the antelope play…


This was a meat hunt for doe antelope and an excuse to visit the beautiful country of north central Wyoming for a week.

I had four licenses: two each in two different units. All licenses were purchased as leftovers because the quotas weren’t satisfied in the two draws.

Day 1: up in the dark, drive to various spots and just as daylight peaks out I glass a large Hunter Management Area (HMA) and locate a small band approximately one mile off the road. I park at a designated area, get out and start getting ready to hike when a Ford F150 from Ohio roars up, pulls in front of me, the driver jumps out, and starts trotting towards the antelope. I headed the other direction in hopes of finding another herd. My suspicions of his (lack of) character were confirmed about 30 minutes when I heard “Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam Bam.” Nine shots in rapid succession; a real sportsman.   

I drove to the other unit I had two licenses in; it has a few sections of public land I’m familiar with. When I arrived and glassed, antelope were spotted at just over a mile. I ranged them, took a bearing, and marked the location in my GPS. I drove to the one public access point of the section and made a blind stalk using the GPS. Belly crawl up the last few yards, and there’s the herd. Pick out a large doe, wait for a clear broadside shot, and shoot - that’s one down. Haul it out, drop it at a local processor to cool, and go back to the first unit. Just as I get there, a small herd runs across the road in front of me and runs up a hill onto a public section. Up the hill I go, belly crawl, and shoot antelope #2 at 200 yards. I assume four stalks are required for one antelope, and one antelope per day and so I’m well ahead of schedule.

Day 2: the HMA is dead at daylight. Back to the second unit, and the prime section has no antelope on or near it. Drive about 10 miles using the GPS to look at other public sections and get lucky on the third one. There are six antelope (four bucks and two does) about 350 yards away. They’re facing straight away though, and one of the does is blocked by a buck. I try belly crawling to get a clear shot at the one doe. There’s a good wind blowing. Forty-five minutes and 50 yards later I have a bleeding elbow but still don’t have a clear shot at the one doe. I don’t want to risk shooting the other from behind and missing or crippling it. Finally one of the does stands, and #3 is down. I drop it at the processor, and go back to the HMA until dark. No luck.

Day 3: it’s midweek and there are no other hunters anywhere. I glass the HMA at daylight and spot a herd just over a mile away. I mark them with the GPS, park, and start hiking. Part way out I see they’ve moved, and are closer at just over 800 yards so I sit down to see what they’ll do next. The next time I range them, they’re 600 yards and quartering my way. I lay down prone and wait. Peering through the grass I can see they’re now just 250 yards away and walking. One stops at 150 yards and I shot my fourth antelope to tag out.

After processing the boneless meat weights were 26, 28, 27, and 36 pounds from the last one. It’s one of the largest does I’ve killed.

I spent the next two days sightseeing, taking some pictures, and enjoying rush hours on I-90 where it was sometimes possible to spot a vehicle within two miles. While the third day had been 82 degrees, the fourth day was 30 degrees with wet snow and wind gusts up to 50 mph.

We ate some grilled backstraps from one of the antelope last night, and it was fantastic as always.

It’s hard to come home, but it will soon be time to start planning for next year.

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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 07:08:08 PM »
Cool trip!  Great photos!

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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 07:17:54 PM »
Great trip & awesome pictures!!!!!! Can't wait until I draw a tag!!!!!!

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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 07:39:53 PM »
Awesome, thanks for sharing.  Wyoming antelope is a truly enjoyable trip.  We've been twice and should have enough points to draw again next year.  Posts like yours make the wait seem longer! 

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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 07:44:32 PM »
  What do those doe tags cost?


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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 07:49:16 PM »
  What do those doe tags cost?


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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2017, 08:00:12 PM »
Sounds like a great hunt, Bob.   

Thanks for sharing. 
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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 08:04:11 PM »
Thanks for a great write up, Bob. Always enjoy your stories.
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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2017, 08:48:11 PM »
Great pics and great write up!
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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2017, 09:12:25 PM »
Great hunt report and photos, congratulations on your goats!
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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 10:08:08 PM »
Thanks for sharing Bob

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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 10:39:39 PM »
  What do those doe tags cost?


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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2017, 10:41:05 PM »
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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2017, 11:19:34 PM »
That is really cool, hope to do this hunt some day soon, congrats on the tasty meat!  :tup:
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Re: Wyoming antelope 2017, story and photos
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2017, 12:19:57 AM »
Great write up and amazing pics :tup: what camera are you using?
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