Featured 2017 Hunt Report and Meat Pole Contest - Win a $300 or $100 Gift Certificate

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Andy Backus, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Andy Backus

    Andy Backus Field Editor

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    I know we all enjoy hearing about each other's hunts and adventures and especially the equipment used.

    To encourage you guys to share your cool stories this season - Everyone who posts something in this thread by December 1st will be entered to win a $300 gift certificate from our Long Range Hunting Store plus my dad and I will choose our favorite out of all of them and that winner will get a $100 gift certificate. 10 more random winners will receive an LRH Hat, T-Shirt and Stickers.

    Post whatever you'd like about a hunt from this fall - pictures, videos, stories, gear lists, product reviews, brag about your rifle, whatever.

    Thanks to our new upgraded platform, posting is easier than ever. HERE are some short video tutorials if you need help. And posting from a mobile device is really slick now. I love using talk to text.

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  2. Outlaw6.0

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    That really good of you gents to do that for the community here. I'm sure there'll be some excellent stories shared as there usually are.

    Thanks again guys,


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  3. Varmintnv

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    1515.jpeg Here's my wife's 2017 antelope. Killed opening morning at 277yds. She shoots a Rem 700 in 7mm-08. This guy dropped in his tracks thanks to a Hornady 139gr Interlock and perfect placement. This was her first big game harvest. Awful proud husband right here!
     
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  4. Aking

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    Here's my 2017 Montana Antelope. Hunted on the Crow Reservation. Shot him at 336 with my 28 Nosler Montana Rifle Company X2. and a 175 Accubond Long Range. He scored 78 and is my first antelope. It says my picture is to big to upload. I will try posting it separate from this post.
     
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    I am having trouble uploading a picture. It says the picture is to large for the server?
     
  6. Andy Backus

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    You'll have to downsize the image using image editing software before posting it.
    Feel free to email it to me and I'll do it for you -
     
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  7. Andy Backus

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    Thanks for breaking the ice and congratulations to you and your wife! Looks like some great antelope country. Which state?
     
  8. Andy Backus

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  9. outofsight

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    This is my Idaho 2017 Muzzleloader Antelope. This is my first antelope. I shot him at 177 yards with my Knight Disc Extreme using 295 grain Powerbelts.
     

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  10. outofsight

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    This is my 2017 Montana antelope, shot on the Crow Reservation. He was 250 yards, and I used my 300 Weatherby with 190 Grain Accubond Long Range bullets. This was a great hunt and I was very happy with my goat. I cant get my picture to upload??
     
  11. Chopperguy

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    Only had one day to hunt the opening day in New Mexico, east of Raton. Was looking for some fresh meat more than anything. Hiked about 4 miles across this ranch and found a spot I have seen lots of pronghorn cross when I hinted there a previous season.

    God set up on the side of a hill where I had a great view of the valley below and across from me. Even had some cover in the rocks around where I was sitting. Was a bit more than nervous as it was pretty warm early and I had a feeling some snakes may be in the rocks trying to warm up this morning.

    I did my range mapping and distance measuring and settled in to watch what was going on. Saw several pronghorn bucks a long way off, but not headed my direction. Then a coyote appears in front of me at about 550 yards and across the shallow valley before me. Coyotes are free game on this ranch, so I watched as he kept getting closer. He stopped about 375 yards in front of me and I was set up on my shooting sticks with a completely relaxed shooting position so what the heck. The Creedmoor barked and he ran about 50 yards before falling over. A little more wind that was a direct 90 degree cross wind across the valley than I had figured, but dead is dead.

    About 20 minutes later 7 does came down the valley in an exact line where the coyote had been when I shot. A couple minuted a big buck came meandering after the does. He was also on the perfect line of where the coyote had been. Couldn't get any better. I had gone to school on the coyote and had the buck dialed in. What I failed to notice in my excitement was that direct crosswind had switched to a wind directly at my back. Well, the rest is easy to figure the shot elevation was perfect, but the wind pushed the shot right in front of the bucks chest.

    So much for not getting buck fever after so many years of hunting pronghorn.....

    I was sitting there beating myself up a bit when about 30 minutes later, I had to stand and stretch my legs. When doing so, I turned around and looked up the hill. There was a buck standing there looking at me about 175 yards out just below the crest of the hill (I'll never shoot at a sky lined animal). So I ducked down and got my rifle mounted while kneeling off hand at the buck. One shot bang flop right where he stood. I couldn't see him on the ground, but had to be there as hard as he fell.

    I gathered up my gear and started walking up to the buck. Then about 75 yards into the walk, I saw a buck just standing there looking at me. I scoped him over and didn't see any sign he had been hit in any way so it just couldn't be the buck I had shot?? I continued to walk up the hill and that buck just slowly walked away from me. Just not what you'd expect from a buck that was not wounded. So I got on my shooting sticks and again scoped him over again. He just looked at me and again walked slowly away. Now I'm really thinking this may have been the buck I shot, but he had fallen so hard and I didn't see any indication this buck was wounded in any way. And had a great look at him through my Nightforce ATACR 4-16x42 scope from less than 100 yards.

    I didn't shoot at him and continued up the hill to look for my buck, or was I?

    About 5 minutes, I found my buck lying in some sage brush and about 10 feet from the 2 track I had walked in on. He wasn't a big guy, but he's already eating very well on my table!

    I was very relieved I hadn't shot the other buck that must have been walking with him. I can only attribute the other buck's behavior to it being the first day of the season and this ranch is rather remote so he probably hadn't seen or encountered may people.

    Dry ice from town in the cooler with his meat and I was on the road a day earlier than planned. It was a good hunt, just too rushed and too short. Next time, I won't have any plans that make me rush through the hunt.

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  12. Varmintnv

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    It was taken in Nevada.
     
  13. Andy Backus

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    Great story chopperguy! Thanks for sharing it and congratulations. When antelope is cooled down right away it sure is tasty.
     
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    Aug 2017 Alaska Black bear DIY spot and stalk. Shot was 404 yards with a Sako A7 300 WM shooting 180gr Nosler partition. I definitely got the Alaska experience with plenty of rain, steep country, thick brush, bugs, float planes, and big bears!This was my first time in Alaska and one hell of an adventure in my book. Bears.jpg