While it may seem like I am "Skipping the hunt", I am in fact not doing that at all. Generally someone in my family or close friends gets a permit in this area so I put in alot of time scouting for these permits as well as I am in the area shooting extreme range so often and then I generally am able to get into the area and get the permit holders on the good bucks.
Over the last 5 years alone we have got three bucks that either scored into the books or just barely missed it so I am not Skipping any hunt, I'm just not pulling the trigger.
The hunt last fall with my wife was the best pronghorn hunt I have ever been on. It was my wifes first pronghorn using the first APS rifle to be used on big game, a 257 STW. IT was a special hunt which ended with a great old buck. Not overly long in the horn at 15 3/4" but very good prongs and exceptional mass.
Had the old boy not broken off 2" on the right horn he would have scored in the 85" range but with the deduction he came out around 81.
This is why I put in for this area because most often at least someone in our family get a permit and we can spend alot of time on that one permit and get that hunter a really quality animal without the pressure of a big group of hunters or other hunters messing up our hunt.
Also, this time of year is when I am finishing up my chucking season as well and I generally do more long and extreme range shooting between September and mid October then any other time of the year, well, the volume just increases at this point dramatically fine tuning the rifle for the upcomming big game season so its not like I am sitting home twiddling my thumbs!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]