Just recently returned home from a very successful new mexico pronghorn rifle hunt, I went with my dad,brother and best friend. We try and do a hunt together atleast once a year and none of us have ever taken a pronghorn so we decided to give it a whirl, we had 3 hunting days booked and all tagged out in a day and a half for the 4 of us. We split into pairs the 1st morning, I went with my friend with our guide talen. My dad and brother paired up with guide aric, my brother is new to hunting and had very limited effective range so we where all worries about him getting his tag filled but took his animal at 150 yards with his 270 win shooting 130gr sierra game kings the 1st morning about 2 hours into the hunt! As far as my group went I went 1st during our last hunt so I planned on my friend getting 1st Crack, 2 hours into the hunt we had a chance at a really old animal and my friend commented on how he liked him so I told him to bust him and with a head on shot at 253 yards he connected with his 6.5x284 (suppressed) shooting 130gr berger and the buck only took 5 steps before displaying a somersault. While we where field dressing my friends buck we recieved pictures of my brothers buck. We then decided to go to the other side of the ranch and see what is going on over there about the time we arrived we had a buck run across our path and the guide immediately said that's a good one! You need to shoot him, shoot him right now! My buck finally stopped running at 405 yards and I quickly dialled my scope and dropped him in his tracks with my favorite rifle a weatherby mark v accumark in 30-378 wby shooting a 180gr barnes ttsx. That evening my group decided to go out scouting for my dad's buck on a different side of the ranch from where my dad, brother and aric where hunting and found an absolute stud of a buck. I couldn't hardly sleep that night due to nerves and wondering if my dad would lay eyes on this buck and have an opportunity at him. The next morning we took out early since we had to drive further than before as soon as the sun cracked the horizon we spotted the buck with his 10 does! But at the same time they spotted us and so the cat n mouse game began, the 1st hour withing range we couldn't get a clear shot due to the does being around him, we finally had a very small opportunity at 300 yards as he was walking over a highspot which resulted in a miss, we then spent the next 3 hours trying to locate him again. We finally located him off in the distance at 500 plus yards so we worked our way within range and my dad took shot #2 at 400 yards (I gave him a faulty range resulting in the miss) he then separated from his does so we sprung into action trying to get in between them and we succeed! He was chasing off another buck while we got in between him and his does and he worked his way from 489 yards to 283 yards when dad finally felt comfortable and took his shot dropping the buck with 1 shot with his 270 win shooting 130gr nosler ballistic tip. Overall we had a great time just sharing a new hunting camp together chasing a new animal and the cherry on top was filling all 4 tags.
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