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Old 08-18-2008, 09:43 PM
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antelope - what to look for??

we just got 30,000ac in west texas and i don't know what to look for in a antelope to judge them right. i never hunted them before but i'm looking forward to it this year. we have a nice herd and was lucky and got five tags this year most of the ranches around us only got 1-2 after the big fire we had. i have some pic of some i took last week and will post them. so how do you judge them to see if there a good one or not. i don't want to go out and shoot a young one.

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Old 08-19-2008, 12:00 PM
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re: antelope - what to look for??

I always look for where bottom of the prong meets the main "beam" of the horn.
Look at the relation between the ear and this junction.
The bigger the antelope, the farther above the ear the junction will be.

Thats the first thing to look at, from there look for mass, and curl.
A couple inches can be gained if the horns have a good amount of curl.

A lot of time can be spent behind a spotting scope to correctly judge these critters.

If you dont mind, where is the ranch? Sounds like it's near Amarillo.
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:36 PM
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re: antelope - what to look for??

Size is one thing but sometimes ya gotta make a tuff choice.
Do you go for mass,style,funkie or pass and wait for something else :confused:



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Old 08-19-2008, 04:48 PM
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re: antelope - what to look for??

There's definately some funk going on in that picture!
Someday I'll get to hunt a crazy one, just haven't found it yet.

The first hunt in NM starts this Saturday. We found some decent bucks while scouting last weekend, now trying to find them again when the clients are ready to shoot is a different story.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:48 PM
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re: antelope - what to look for??

Jeff 300, one of the first things that you look at is how far above the ears are the cutters or prongs, if you are looking for an antelope to score well the higher up the horn the cutter is the bettter it will score for mass measurements, also you want to look at an antelope that has a good curl on the tips this adds length quickly and last you want fairly good over all length, so mass, curl, cutter length and hight above ears, and over all length, but the truth of it is beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I have shot several that were very good looking either with a good heart shap or big prongs but was weak else where and found them scoring in the upper 70's but not a book buck, but still a very nice representative. Whehter you get a book buck or a garden variety it is a great sport with the speedster of the plains, good luck hunting.

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Old 08-19-2008, 07:02 PM
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re: antelope - what to look for??

Jeff 300, one of the first things that you look at is how far above the ears are the cutters or prongs, if you are looking for an antelope to score well the higher up the horn the cutter is the bettter it will score for mass measurements, also you want to look at an antelope that has a good curl on the tips this adds length quickly and last you want fairly good over all length, so mass, curl, cutter length and hight above ears, and over all length, but the truth of it is beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I have shot several that were very good looking either with a good heart shap or big prongs but was weak else where and found them scoring in the upper 70's but not a book buck, but still a very nice representative. Whehter you get a book buck or a garden variety it is a great sport with the speedster of the plains, good luck hunting.

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Old 08-19-2008, 07:05 PM
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SORRY About the double response, I have been trying to send some pictures but I am having no luck getting them sent, any help out there?
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