Originally Posted by tracker12ga
Maybe you are going for straight trophy book speed goat only. I dont know. But, seeing how this my first time out west and hunting antelope, I did alot of question asking on hunting forums and friends that have gone out there before. You are the only one so far that has suggested that I woud not be able to get closer than 600/700yds for a shot on a speed goat.
I seriously doubt that I could get that Axis to perform to that range consistently even with the Bushnell 3200 fixed 10X scope on it. Maybe, I dont know. Most of the intell that I have gotten has pretty much if your stalking skills are ok and you use the terrain properly 300-400yd shots are quite doable. Guess I will see when I get out there. BTW, We are doping our weapons out to 500yds.
Not all midwest average hunters sit in tree stands in a big hard woods waiting for the deer to show up for the 20yd shot. Most of the deer land I have here in the flatlands of Indiana are several hundered acre crop fields bordered by tree lines and/or ditch lines with very small squares of woods in the middle of the field. 200/225yd shots on whitetail with a smoke pole is quite common. 90% of my hunting is from the ground in a ditch or tree line. Or crawling along those ditch and tree lines getting close enough for the shot. I think my stalking skills will be just fine for WY.
Most antelope are killed at sub 200yds ranges.
The best way to hunt them is to pick your herd/buck scout their routes they normally take, and bed them down.
In the predawn you can move in to be in a good shooting position when they wake up.
Or you can be waiting for them in their bedding area when they come in, in the evening.
Yes antelope country provides opportunities for some really long range shots, but that is not how many are taken.
Four of my first six antelope were taken with .243 rem semi, and 25-06 Ruger number one. The latter two were taken with a .220swift. All at sub 200yds. All were taken before I was 17.