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Old 08-20-2008, 06:12 PM
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re: antelope - what to look for??

If you dont mind, where is the ranch? Sounds like it's near Amarillo.[/QUOTE]

The ranch is out by Marfa TX i just got a call from our real estate agent. he saw 24 bucks and said at least twice that many does today so there coming back in after the fire we had and get the water back up and working. wright after we got the ranch 90% of it burned. we found some dead lopes in a fence corner where they where trapped by the net fence. the good news is that it burned down all of the fences ( 48miles in all) that had net fence on it and we are rebuilding them with barbed wire no net. this should help out a lot. so will they eat corn? I'm looking forward to going back out and spend some time behind the spotter. thanks for all of the help i have a idea now what to look for. hope i can find a good one for my first lope.
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Old 09-22-2008, 09:01 PM
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Re: antelope - what to look for??

If you are looking for a high B&C scoring buck, then look for mass, mass, more mass, and then look at the length of the prongs. You will make most of your score on the four mass measurements that go up each horn. Height looks good, but is overrated. The difference between a 14 inch buck and a 16 inch buck is only 4 points. One extra inch of circumference (mass) that carries its way up is worth as much as 6 to 8 points.

That I can see, the location of the prong in relation to the ears has little, or nothing, to do with the overall B&C score (there will always be 2 mass measurements below the prong and two above it). I have seen many goats with low forks (even below the ears) that scored very well, including one a co-workers' wife shot that scored 91. Not saying that, as a general rule, a high prong junction isn't a good sign. It usually indicates a mature and a tall buck, but as far as being a mark of a high B&C score, there are better indicators.

I have a system that I use for judging the quality of pronghorn bucks, but I think I will post it as a separate post (coming soon). Ultimately, what matters is that you pick a buck that makes you happy. An exceptionally tall buck, one with really nice cutters, or one with some unique bumps or double prongs will look much more impressive than a 'typical book' buck.

Here's a tip... If in your minds eye you can straighten out an antelopes horn and compare it to it's face, the straight line length from the tip of the nose to the back of the head is consistently close to 15 inches.

Have fun.
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