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Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« on: October 11, 2010, 07:07:44 AM »
HardCorpsHunter and I got back from Wyoming Saturday morning.  We had a dandy time, both took nice antelope, 4x4 mule deer (149, 152 gross for you scorers).  My antelope didn't ground shrink.  Initial estimate was high 70s, then after the shot was pretty sure he'd break 80.  Tale of the tape, 84 gross, 83 4/8" net green score.  15 7/8" x 15 5/8" lengths.  I'll post more details later.
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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2010, 07:10:04 AM »
Congratulations! What a great looking antelope! Not bad on the mule deer either!

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 07:51:28 AM »
Real nice goat, congrats to you. And yes that is a nice mule deer also.
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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 07:55:37 AM »
DANDY antelope.  Great job on that prairie speedster.

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 07:58:56 AM »
Congrats and that is one nice lope. Nice deer too

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 08:10:19 AM »
Very nice animals. Congrats  :tup: , I'll be heading there soon. I've got both a deer and antelope tag and hope I am as lucky as you   :drool:

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 08:19:55 AM »
THe mass on your lope is great. Thats where the high scores come from, mass, mass, mass. I saw another hunter that shot a 13 7/8" goats that scored over 80; big cutters and fat.  :drool:
Nice job.
What area were you in? Don't need specific units if you don't want to share. Just curious. I'm happy with what we saw and shot in 72 and plan on trying again for there next year.  :chuckle:

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 08:45:55 AM »
Nice animals. Congrats!
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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2010, 08:55:10 AM »
What an awesome trip - nice job!  I love the photos of your pronghorn on the ground, especially the 5th one (close up) with your rig in the background.  Toss that one in the hat for October POM.  :brew:
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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2010, 09:52:15 AM »
THe mass on your lope is great. Thats where the high scores come from, mass, mass, mass. I saw another hunter that shot a 13 7/8" goats that scored over 80; big cutters and fat.  :drool:
Nice job.
What area were you in? Don't need specific units if you don't want to share. Just curious. I'm happy with what we saw and shot in 72 and plan on trying again for there next year.  :chuckle:
We were in 25.  I agree with being happy with 72, I have seen many big antelope from the Rattlesnakes herd (70-72).
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2010, 10:09:09 AM »
Awsome critters man, congrats!

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2010, 10:10:59 AM »
SWEET!  :IBCOOL: Good job

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2010, 10:14:11 AM »
Very nice.
That lope is awsome, he has a great face on him, hope your doing a shoulder mount.
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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2010, 10:17:10 AM »
So, a few more details.  I worked Friday 10/1, then picked up my hunting partner and made the lovely 1,000 mile drive to Casper WY.  We unloaded at our camp, then headed straight out to start glassing.  It was quickly obvious that 2010 is a very good antelope year, the average quality of bucks was the best I've seen.  However, while we saw lots of nice antelope, including several we were confident were high 70s, none had it all.  That pattern would continue with all goats seen ... we also, through intensive glassing, looked at 25+ buck mule deer, but saw nothing that needed a dirt nap right then.  Back to camp that evening with no powder burned, and a decision to sleep in, having been up all the previous night. 

Day 2, we were up at 7:30 and in the field by 9.  We hit a new area, that has been good in past years for deer - piles of antelope, but very few deer, and only one that we would even consider going after.  We headed back to where we had seen most deer the previous day - it was time for a hike.  We left the truck at noon, and headed out into some badlands.  We quickly saw a pair of average 4 point bucks, then HCH spotted a pretty nice buck bedded.  After lengthy deliberation, we let him live.  Next, a big antelope 3/4 mile away caught our attention - after the sneak in and peak, he lived too.  We then glassed, a LONG way away, a group of 3 buck deer that held a promising looking buck, and began our approach.  While on approach, we glassed up an extremely heavy, short-horned antelope with extreme (7"+) cutters, and decided he deserved a tag.  On the approach, I bounced a buck we hadn't seen, bedded at about 15 yards - I had a quick opportunity and passed - mistake: as HCH spotted and I got set up, he was a solid 160+ class buck.  I never got a shot opportunity.  We decided he would wait until tomorrow, and continued to circle in on the antelope.  As we got closer, we spotted the three buck deer seen earlier, and eased over for a look.  None was what we had hoped, but as we watched unseen, a 4th buck spooked up from the bottom.  I could see decent mass, 4 -point, some character ... he stopped quartering away and looked back - I shot.  One down, 5 to go.  I dressed and halved him, while HCH went back to the truck to get as close as possible and bring back the frame pack.  The skinned hindquarters went into my Badlands 2200, and HCH packed the front half on the frame pack.  Back to camp LATE, a quick bite and into bed.  More to come ... 
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Got lucky B&C pronghorn
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2010, 10:18:33 AM »
Very nice.
That lope is awsome, he has a great face on him, hope your doing a shoulder mount.
I am.  A friend's wife in Glenrock WY has won national taxidermy competitions with her antelope shoulder mounts, she has him.  I will pick him up sometime next year.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

 


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