- Jun 26, 2014
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Many months ago @ActionBob and I were talking about how fun an antelope hunt would be. Now I have wanted to shoot a pronghorn for forever and 5 days. We have pronghorn in my part of Texas but the tags are next to impossible to get. I've been trying for many years to get one and finally, through the help of my local taxidermist Frank Williams I was able to get not one but two tags! I sent Bob a message and told him I had found some and he was as excited about it as I was. The ranch was only about 45 minutes from my house too which was great. So Bob arrived last Friday evening and I drug him to our local high school football homecoming game. My daughter was in the marching band so Bob being a good sport let me drag him along. Bob is a great guy and super fun to hang out with. Saturday morning we woke up at about six to head out. We stopped by a good friend of mine's and picked him up. He is an outfitter also and we guide for each other when we need help. His name is Justin Daniel and he guided me on my aoudad hunt several years back. We've known each other about ten years as he was a policeman too for several years. Anyway, we headed out and found antelope right off the bat. There was a herd of at least a dozen does with one real good buck on a cut cornfield. On the other side of the field there were six more bucks but they were all young. The buck that was with the does was an absolute stud for a panhandle pronghorn. As we were trying to make a plan to get to with in shooting range a down poor came up and it rained cats and dogs for a while. The pronghorn bedded down in the field and stayed put. As soon as the rain stopped we made it up to a hay stack which we used for cover. I ranged him at well over 500 yards. We sat tight and were patient while he finally worked back towards us. i got a range of 446 yards on him and Bob pulled off a spectacular shot hitting him just a bit low but with much effect. I could see blood poring out of him from that distance and he laid down. Bob fired some followup shots, the wind was howling and it was cold and wet. He missed but it had to be one of the most difficult shooting situations one could encounter. Well, the buck got back up and hobbled west and the chase was on, he was hit hard and couldnt hardly run. We caught up to him and got to within 150 or so yards and Bob weigh laid him dropping him in his tracks. Bob in the other thread was being modest and I can assure you his first shot on that buck was one of the best I have ever seen. He shot that buck at that distance in the rain and howling wind off a dinky monopod (I forgot my sticks back at the ranch). It was a shining example of excellent marksmanship. I'm just grateful I was able to witness it.
More to come....
More to come....
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