Re: ballistic tip too much for antelope??
In the final day before my hunt, the ballistic tips won out over the bergers for accuracy - haven't sorted out the berger fliers just yet.
Anyway, the 150 gr ballistic tip performed nicely, without too much meat damage.
The first shot was 203 yards, deflected my shoulder shot off the sage in front of me and actually hit high on the hams, which sat the antelope down. After waiting about 10 minutes for a standing shot I broke out the rear bag and made the 203 yard headshot to finish. Surprisingly, I didn't lose much from the hams, and very little hydraulic shock (jello effect).
The second was a 185 yard shot just behind the shoulder, punched through the ribs no problem and dropped with one big lurch forward - dead.
Pics to follow...
Here were a few things we learned on our first antelope hunt.
- once they spot you standing, they will spook from a long ways off. Stay in the low crevices along the prairie, and use elbow & knee pads to crawl & shimmy up close for the shot. Even sitting doesn't seem to spook like standing.
- a poorly shot antelope can run forever, and can be hard to spot the fall, if they're running in a pack.
- even if they spook over a hill, the buck will sometimes peek back over the rise to check on whatever spooked them. Curious animals I guess.
- the highway is good cover.
- there are no trees on the prairie, and boning out 4 antelope on the ground is hard on the back...