- Jul 23, 2014
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- Alberta Canada
- Member of
- Alberta Canada,Saskatchewan Canada, Namibia, Limpopo RSA, Eastern Cape RSA
Well, I finally got my pronghorn. It was a team effort as I had my son and two grandsons as part of the hunting party. First off, I waited too long to trigger my tag but that was mainly because I wanted to be in a zone where I could access properties as most of the hunting is on private or leased land and it has been extremely dry in southern Alberta, access is very limited, no vehicle traffic off of roads so lots of spotting. Most antelope were 500 to 1000 plus yards away and with the open fields and pastures stalking was next to impossible. As luck would have it, on day four (it's only a seven day season in Alberta) we spotted a decent buck that was approaching a water dugout that afforded a little bit of cover. To add to the challenge there were four does that had watered earlier and their level of alert had them leaving the area. I was afraid the the buck would soon skedaddle as well but as it turned out luck was on my side for once. A sneak was made and a single shot from the 25-06 took him down at 180 yards. The South African Vektor mauser did it again. Initially I thought he wasn't as big as he turned out, his horn length measured over 13" but his horn girth was massive, the bases were almost 7", first quarter (D2) 7 & 1/2" and carried his girth to over 5" (D3) above the prong and (D4) at 4 & 1/2". An interesting side note, on his right hand side of his torso there was a straight line about 30 inches long where a bullet from a previous hunter had grazed him, leaving a strip of missing hair a quarter of an inch long but not touching the body. Definition "that was close". Two days later the area had gone from a beautiful weather to heavy snow with three foot deep snow drifts. Some time, timing is everything. Incidentally the attached picture is of my son, not me.