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How To Hunt Antelope
One excellent antelope hunting trick I learned on my own through desperation and determination was crawl-stalking. It was the last afternoon of the antelope season and I had stopped my vehicle over three-quarters of a mile away and even then the herd was uneasy. The antelope herd had located themselves in a barren dry lake in such a way that there was little to no cover for a traditional stalk. I crouch-walked, and then duck-walked as far as I could go, only to find myself out of cover and too far away for a shot. I didnít drive this far to go home empty-handed, so I began to crawl.

How To Hunt Antelope

If you havenít ever crawled very far before, it is hard on your body, especially when you donít have gloves or knee-pads to protect you from thorns and cactus. I did not keep track of the amount of time it took for me to get into shooting range of the antelope, but it seemed like an eternity. With the steadiness of my trusty Harris bi-pod, I was able to make a first-shot connection on a buck antelope. I never would have gotten into range had I not been willing to try something different. I pulled cactus out of my knees and hands for what seemed like a month. I would recommend a heavy pair of crawling gloves or mittens, good knee-pads, and suitable sling for your gun if you consider this type of strategy. When you are on all fours, sometimes the antelope will treat you more like a coyote and allow you to get into range. Steve and I have successfully filled a number of antelope buck tags by crawling, but it is not for everyone.

If an antelope is near a fence and feels pressured, it will likely pace back and forth trying to find a place to cross under (not over the fence). Antelope can and will jump a fence, but will typically go through one. If the range is not too far this may provide a shooting opportunity.

When it comes to the behavior of a wild animal, remember to expect the unexpected. One of the things that makes antelope hunting enjoyable is the surprises that nature brings your way.

My favorite pack for antelope hunting is a Blackís Creek Guide Gear pack. It allows me to quarter and debone in the field and pack the animal out all in one shot if I am far from the truck. This pack distributes the weight well and is very adjustable. It also works as a good front rest for field shooting. I carry a couple of heavy duty trash bags to put the antelope quarters in and it keeps my pack clean as well. As soon as I get to the vehicle we get the meat out of plastic bag and into a game bag or in the cooler.

Besides a Harris BR bi-pod and pack I also carry shooting sticks. I have found with the combination of all three it enables me to shoot in most any situation. Combined with a variety of front rests for the field I always have a small leather bag filled with corn cob media for the back of the gun. I would rather carry a little more weight and have a solid field rest under a variety of conditions when antelope hunting.

If you have not lived or hunted on the terrain where you typically find large numbers of antelope, be prepared for wind. If possible, practice shooting from field positions in bad conditions. It will help you determine your ability in the worst of circumstances. A Kestrel or like product can be beneficial in determining the wind where you are shooting from and will also help you determine wind downrange the more you watch grass and the way it reacts as you watch your wind speed. Having several drop charts in easy to access places is also important when that moment of truth arrives and the range is beyond holding the main crosshair on the vitals of your antelope.

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