HELP!!! Wyoming antelope hunt

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  1. kal

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    Heck of a nice goat, glad to see hunters helping hunters. I was also blessed with my first Wyoming speed goat this year, I already cant wait to try it again next year.
     
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    One good turn deserves another.....What goes around comes around......... Good on ya Jeff for helping a virtual total stranger out like that! It seems you were rewarded for your effort and you deserved it. Nice goat!!
     
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    Thanks fellows, Peter and Dusty may have been strangers a few days ago, but they're friends now!
    We've been texting almost daily. Those guys are whackin' goats with my rifle and that pleases me!
    My high desert hunt is fun and challenging. I'm seeing probably 100 bucks a day, but the monster bucks aren't showing themselves. They're pretty spooky in this wide open terrain & there's nowhere to hide & no time for judging horns.
    I'll keep huntin' hard & find a good mature buck to hang my tag on.
     
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    This is just one reason why I have said that this is the best forum on the net-period!

    Most forums don't have the people like we do here.

    A tip of the hat to all.
     
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    X2 Cliffy

    Congrats on a beautiful goat Jeff.
     
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    Congrats Jeff, that is a terrific antelope!
     
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    Lp!

    Congrats Jeff! :thumb: :beer:

    Lovski zdravo
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    X2 - Amazing story. Congrat's to you Jeff! I agree with all "what goes around, come around". Great people here on this site!
     
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    A big thank you agin Jeff! That is a great looking buck.

    Thanks to Jeff, myself and a friend were able to take three does and two buck over three days of hunting. We were using walk in areas and a couple of ranchers let us onto their property without having to pay a trespass fee of some sort. The closest shot was around 100 yards and the farthest was 357...the farther shots were made fool proof by Jeff's excellent gun. The highlight was taking a buck out of a herd and then restalking them and me taking a buck from the same herd within ten minutes. We also saw a sage grouse which was very cool and some prairie dogs...not the Richardson's ground squirrels we normally see.
     
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    Congrats Peter on getting your Pronghorns be sure to post some pics as soon as you get a chance. Bob
     
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    thats an awsome show of trust and and a damn right charitable thing you went and done there jeff and took a cracker head as well .
    i rekon these new friends of yours will not forget it any time ever .
    they look kind of tasty these pronghorn antelope what do they cook up like ?
    they look like they would make a handsome mount .
    what youve done here to help peter and dusty out would be impossible to do in australia unless you knew these guys well .
    i just love the gun laws over there !!!!
    i reckon you will be drinking theyre beer for a while hey?
    why do youse call em goats ?
     
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    A great story all the way 'round! Nice goin Jeff!
     
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    They do make an excellent mount.
    They are the closest critter we have over here that compete with african animals for contrasting markings on their body.

    A Slang term - Speed Goats.
    I can't recall the origin of this one though.


    Cheers to you all guys. Nice to see.

    As a few others have said. Buy ANY license early. ATF does not care, you just need a license.
    Apply in January and you will have your 6NIA in hand in a couple of weeks.
    One or Three day Small game license online from CDOW (least expensive and online)
    Total Licensing | Colorado Parks and Wildlife
     
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    In answer to how they eat... That is a matter debated some. When I first arrived in Wyoming a friend told me the does were better than the local mule deer. We killed some and they were good. My son would much rather eat them than deer meat. Hunting season is at the end of the rut. The last couple of years I have seen bucks so tired from the rut they didn't want to get up and walk around. Just wanted to eat and sleep. They can get pretty rank. You have to take good care of them. They have to be cleaned and cooled out immediately. I usually carry 5 gallons of water for each antelope I'm hunting. When we kill one we field dress it and get it into some shade. Hide comes off as soon as possible. That all makes a really big difference in how well an old buck tastes.
    12 years ago I killed a good buck on a private ranch. When I walked up on him you could smell him 20 feet away. He stunk! Got him cleaned and washed. Went home and put him in the garage. Peeled the hide off. Smelled a lot better. Aged him a couple of days and then cut him up. Didn't taste bad at all. Without good care he would not of been edible. People throw out antelope meat every year because they don't take care of it.
    We call them Pronghorn antelope, but they are not a member of the antelope family. They a related to the goats. They are the fastest animal in North America with speeds up to 60 MPH. Hence, Speed goats for slang and goats for short. Bruce
     
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    Nice job guys. My GF has a hard time understanding that 99% of hunters and fisherman are class acts and enjoy helping other people out. You guys prove my point.

    It is my understanding that they are not goats or antelope (old world antelope anyway). I did a quick Google search to confirm it and found that they are the sole member of the family Antilocapridae (order Artiodactyla). Putting taxonimy aside, from a practical standpoint, they are all closely related and it is easier to call them goats.

    They are fast as hell and have ridiculously sharp eyesight. What is funny is that they cannot jump worth a damn. I bet you could trip one with a piece of paper.
     
  16. jeffpg

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    Well guys, this happy camper is tagged out in Wyoming! It was a heck of an adventure and I have some stories to tell.

    As if I needed another one, I picked up yet one more hunting addiction. Them crazy Pronghorn are just plain fun!

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    I got the best buck I could find in my 5 days of hunting the unit. Lots of public land pressure had really made 'em wild, and I crawled and slithered thru more desert cactus, rocks and dirt that I'd have believed I would have. Heck, it was worse than following Jason Bridger thru the Kalahari!

    I camped right where I was hunting and camping simply meant eating and piling up in the back of my truck to sleep, cause with these guys it's an all day affair... they never rest and neither could I as I followed them around all of the daylight hours available to me. I honestly pretty much beat myself up physically running after these things and I cannot wait to do this again.

    Tough to judge antelope, especially when you are seeing a hundred bucks a day, and they aren't giving you much time to make a decision. On the private land ranch I hunted the day before heading to this public land, it was easy to sit there and watch the calm critters feed, but if one of the public land goats ever saw you, it was literally off to the races for him. They can surely put some distance between you and them quickly.

    I got my rifle back from Peter in fine shape, and he even gave me a couple boxes of ammo for it. Totally unneccessary, but greatly appreciated just the same. I was really glad that those guys got to shoot some antelope, and as far as me helping them out... well, I'll just say that I guarantee you they didn't get a whole lot more out of this little deal than I did! :satisfied:
     

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    well done jeff it sounds like you earned your just rewards
    most impressive all round
    thanks for the up dates
    and thanks to brick burn and bruce for explanatons
    this site is a haven for an aussie fisherman slash wannabe hunter of the globe like me and the assistance you guys give each other never ceases to amaze me
     
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    I love Antelope hunting.
    Cactus, sage, rocks, mud, snow, fog and all.

    Jeff, You will have those spines festering out of your body for the next two weeks.

    Welcome bluey.
     
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    I DON"T BELIEVE IT!!! What a Jerk! I hope this guy isn't going to do this to every thread. Maybe J can send him a friendly hint.:mad:
     

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