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guns_and_labs
10-25-2007, 12:28 PM
Just got back from antelope hunting in southeastern Montana. What a kick! Reasons to try it:

1. Not that expensive, since landowners will still provide access with a small fee.

2. They feed through the day, so no 4:30 wakeup calls.

3. They're not hard to spot, though they always require a careful stalk and/or crawl.

4. The shots are long enough to be challenging, but not too long so as to be impossible.

5. Properly prepared, there's no better meat in the world.

Bottom line: one great buck at 250 yards, prone over a backpack, after a 300 yard crouch and a 200 yard crawl, and one doe at 100 yards offhand peeking over the crest of a hill. Both one shot, DRT. .264 WinMag, 130 gr Nosler Accubonds. No pics; the little camera popped from my pocket somewhere during the stalk.

TomBob sez: check er out!

cornholio1
10-25-2007, 12:58 PM
How much was the tag and license?

nhanson
10-25-2007, 1:52 PM
I was in Wyoming mid september!

I just dis Doe/Fawn tags....$41.00 per tag!

Shot two and have them in the freezer.....great eating.

1st (morning) was a 150M shot.....dive up move out of truck 15 feet, go prone, one round resulting in one antelope (7 mm Rem Mag with 140 grain Barnes MRX, 3150 fps muzzle velocity)
Best part was my buddy moved up to about 80M while the remaining heard watched me walk over to my animal and he drop another out of the same heard.

2nd (afternoon) was a pop-up while we on the way to another heard we had scouted. 2 does.....stop car, walk 15 feet, sitting position on a 120M shot (.243 Win with 95 Nosler Ballistic Tip, 3150 fps muzzle velocity) one round resulting in one antelope . Doe went 10 M fell over.....remaining doe was joined by 3 more that were laying in the brush and they took off never stopping to look back.

All in all, a pleasant hunt for my first big game experience. Photo's at:

http://www.normanhanson.com/hunting/

chickenfried
10-25-2007, 2:24 PM
Plus, at least IMHO antelope is the tastiest game meat around.

guns_and_labs
10-25-2007, 2:26 PM
How much was the tag and license?

$200 for the buck, less than $50 for the doe/fawn, IIRC.

Flux Capacitor
10-25-2007, 3:32 PM
$200 for the buck, less than $50 for the doe/fawn, IIRC.

How about Montana?

guns_and_labs
10-25-2007, 4:14 PM
How about Montana?

That is Montana.

Flux Capacitor
10-25-2007, 4:20 PM
That is Montana.


Wow...thats awesome. Did you have private land access? Thinking about it next year.

Crazyhorse
10-25-2007, 6:12 PM
2nd (afternoon) was a pop-up while we on the way to another heard we had scouted. 2 does.....stop car, walk 15 feet, sitting position on a 120M shot (.243 Win with 95 Nosler Ballistic Tip, 3150 fps muzzle velocity) one round resulting in one antelope . Doe went 10 M fell over.....remaining doe was joined by 3 more that were laying in the brush and they took off never stopping to look back.

All in all, a pleasant hunt for my first big game experience. Photo's at:

http://www.normanhanson.com/hunting/

I love my little 700 rem in .243 I think I have been going a little lighter on the bullets though. I'm not sure but for some reason I was thinking 85, I could be wrong but they have dropped deer like candy for me :). I haven't had anytime to really shoot the thing in a few years.

Sounds like fun maybe I can get a family trip going.

Thanks for the report both of you,
CH

Fjold
10-25-2007, 6:43 PM
Wyoming is a draw for bucks and cost about $238. Does are $41

nhanson
10-25-2007, 8:30 PM
Sounds like fun maybe I can get a family trip going.



The neat part was.......we hunted on BLM land......no fee's......no need for guides.....just exploring, scouting out heards and collecting the reward!

Enjoy

guns_and_labs
10-26-2007, 7:08 AM
Wow...thats awesome. Did you have private land access? Thinking about it next year.

I did have access, but there's also plenty of BLM land.