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Old 07-22-2011, 01:21 PM
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Re: My first Antelope hunt (with pics)

Just now joining this forum, and looking to do a similar hunt. Your's is a wonderful story and outcome; inspirational. The photos and memories are priceless. Several years ago, the notion of a High Plains antelope hunt was born while riding my motorcycle through ND, SD, WY, etc ... actually, I rode my bike through all 49 States to Hyder, AK, and then back home to NC via the Canadian Rockies ... That was in 2003, and the antelope were fairly numerous all along their range.
At 65 years old, I'd better get on with this bucket list that includes taking an antelope. Looking at an X-Bolt in .280 Rem, with my 30-06 as a maintenance 'spare'. Your CZ 550 is a real treat. CZs are tops in my book. I have a CZ 454 Lux, and it is as sweet a rim fire as you can find. Got a couple of CZ pistols, as well.
Lots of homework to be done to get this all right. But, your story gives me confidence it can well be done.
Best to you, and good luck in your planning for next year. Please keep us posted on your progress.

Best,
NC Ken
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:14 PM
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Re: My first Antelope hunt (with pics)

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Just now joining this forum, and looking to do a similar hunt. Your's is a wonderful story and outcome; inspirational. The photos and memories are priceless. Several years ago, the notion of a High Plains antelope hunt was born while riding my motorcycle through ND, SD, WY, etc ... actually, I rode my bike through all 49 States to Hyder, AK, and then back home to NC via the Canadian Rockies ... That was in 2003, and the antelope were fairly numerous all along their range.
At 65 years old, I'd better get on with this bucket list that includes taking an antelope. Looking at an X-Bolt in .280 Rem, with my 30-06 as a maintenance 'spare'. Your CZ 550 is a real treat. CZs are tops in my book. I have a CZ 454 Lux, and it is as sweet a rim fire as you can find. Got a couple of CZ pistols, as well.
Lots of homework to be done to get this all right. But, your story gives me confidence it can well be done.
Best to you, and good luck in your planning for next year. Please keep us posted on your progress.

Best,
NC Ken
Thanks NC Ken!

This years hunt is already planned. I'll be driving this year and leaving about the 19th of September. It's going to be great to be out there hunting with friends again.

My trip was a DIY hunt with the advantage of having a buddy who has done it for many years on the same ranch. My entire hunt including airfare, tags, overnight motels while traveling, food etc cost under $1200 including a 2 day side trip to hunt Sage Grouse. So a Pronghorn hunt does not need to be an expensive check to add to the bucket list. At least in parts of Wyoming there is lots of public land and landowners seem to be far more receptive to requests for hunting permission than they are here in the Northeast.

Many ranchers will let you hunt for a modest "trespass fee" and some will even allow you to camp on their land.

An Antelope hunt doesn't need to be an expensive guided affair. Some work and research on your part can yield a very affordable "Dream Hunt" and many guys here will help you figure out how to do it.

I'll be sure to post about this year's hunt and look forward to hearing about yours!

Best.....Kris
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:03 PM
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Kris: Thanks for your note and encouragement. Just re-read your original post and now realize I had the timing wrong on your next hunt, which is just around the corner! Understand your eagerness.

I grew up in Mass, at a time when access to hunting land was super easy, and I took advantage of it as a boy nearly every day after school on woodcock, pheasant and 'paahtridge'!

Now, retired from the Army here in NC, gaining access to hunting is not such an easy proposition, although I've got a dove field locked in for the season, which starts on Labor Day weekend. We have deer in (over) abundance. The shooting 'horizon' here in Central NC, unlike in Wyoming, might range out as far as 150 yards.
Tell me, did you investigate South Dakota in your preliminary research? I'm considering South Dakota as well as Wyoming. If there is anyone out there with insight into South Dakota, your views will be welcome.

Good luck with your final planning. Will stay in touch.

Best,
Ken
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:20 PM
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Re: My first Antelope hunt (with pics)

Ken....

My apologies for taking so long to reply. I had to go participate in a foul 4 letter word....work. I'm "semi-retired" but for some reason I find cooking in a 120 degree kitchen more entertaining than being a "WalMart Greeter Guy". Which just proves that there is no accounting for taste.....

I never looked into South Dakaota as a Pronghorn hunting destination. My Pronghorn experience was handed to me on a silver platter by a guy I met on a Pheasant hunt organized on another Forum. He, I and a bunch of other guys hunt pheasants together every year in Oklahoma and I also travel to Texas for doves with a guy I met on that Pheasant hunt.

You lived in Mass back in the good old days....probably in the Berkshires. I live in NW Connecticut about 5 miles from the Mass line. I remember when hunting permission was easy to get around here and the woods were loaded with partridge (or grouse if you're hunting with a fancy sort of guy) and woodcock. There were even some pheasants.

The birds are mostly gone now. and getting permission on private land is next to impossible now. The old-timers are dying off. In the last 10 years I've gone from having permission on over 300 acres to less than 30.

So I travel for most of my hunting. Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma. Wherever some kind soul I have met on a gun forum will have me.

Gotta go to sleep now. They want me in the kitchen at 7:30 am. Doncha just love "retirement"?!

Best.....Kris
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