Pronghorn Buck Rifle opening day Colorado

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Today was opening day for Buck Pronghorn in Colorado. I went out to what I thought was "private" land. The hunting club I joined leases it. They apparently have no limits on how many hunters they let out because there must have been 40-50 hunters on a 4 mile x 4 mile ranch. Sounds like a lot of land but when it's open and flat you can see everyone it's not. I didn't sen see any Pronghorn but I saw a lot of orange......

I soon realized:
1. There was no way to take a safe shot.I had hunters (and cows) all around me, 360 degrees. Aa .30 caliber bullet can easily travel 2 miles. There is nothing to stop it.

2. The other 40-odd hunters were all around, 360 degrees, so I realized that if one of them saw a Buck he/she could be aiming right in my direction thinking "800 yards is safe" or not even paying attention as Buck Fever took hold.

3. If any Pronghorn actually showed up the first shot would scatter the rest and they would learn quickly what was coming at them from all that Orange.

4. (Good quality) Private land Guided hunts are well worth the price.
 

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Sorry to hear that. That is exactly why I never hunted public land in Oklahoma during rifle season...
 

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Sorry to hear that. That is exactly why I never hunted public land in Oklahoma during rifle season...
The sad part is this was Private land but they it had it opened up like public land.......
 

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The sad part is this was Private land but they it had it opened up like public land.......
Even worse...I pay for a lease her in TX and at least everyone is pretty respectful while hunting (with one exception where some quail hunters started driving around in their side by side while I was bowhunting).
 

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