All Nice Antelopes on Private Land!

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  1. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    My hunting buddy and I had been hunting for four days, it’s supposed to be summer and the last two days had been very cold in the mornings. Thanks to both of our wives who insisted for us to bring jackets and stuff like that we did not freeze our backs off! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif We had seen nice bucks on private property and just one real nice on open land that would not let us get any closer to at least within 700 yards. I had been practicing long range shooting and I was confident 700 yards would be no problem. On the forth day, we hadn't seen too many opportunities and were getting a little disillusioned. We were driving down this nice dirt road about 40 MPH and I seen this thing that looks like an Antelope, I thought "That wouldn’t be an Antelope".... "Yes it is"... “No...” finally I said: “is that an Antelope?" my hunting partner stops... sure enough, in the middle of the road. I jumped out, grabbed my rifle, ear plugs, while saying give mi a range. We were closer than we realize about 175 yards, I crossed the road to the side the Antelope had moved, he started walking away from us and turned; my Weaver Grand Slam was set on 6 power and the cross hair was moving all over the place... yup, I had been practicing long range but not shooting from standing position. Bang! Missed, Antelope took off, there was a power post about 15 yards and as the Antelope was running away I wanted to get to the power post. He stopped! I stopped! Here we go again, this time worst, I'm really concentrating, and cross hair is really dancing. I'm trying harder... its coming down... down... down.... the cross hair I mean, coming down... Bang! Down he goes about 180 to 200 yards. What an experience! 210 Berger that had been chronographed at 3186 fps from the muzzle, very hot load, went in between the shoulder and the neck breaking all kinds of bones, entrance hole small enough to where I did not find it. I did not try too hard. The bullet did not come out but was found under the skin on the other side. Inside there had been lots of destruction but the jacket and the lead had separated. Death was instantaneous. I don't think I would have been so on an elk at that distance. Did not spend more time taking pictures because the stupid flies were all over eating the little animal... I was going to have nothing left. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif I was happy I got my antelope although it is a rather small one. Here in Nevada you can apply once every 5 years and I did not want to go home empty handed. Sorry this story is not about long range shooting but I thought some of you might enjoy and concider practicing standing up. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif The Lord is Good!!! I believe that if it had been at 500 yards from the prone position would have been easier for me to conect on the first shot, but it took My Lord's help to do it at 200 or whatever that was from standing position. I'm 350 lbs, when you get that many pounds moving fast, it's a trip to say the least. So I'm giving my creator the glory!
     
  2. Buffalobob

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    Congratulations. Sometimes antelope can be the dumbest critters on earth. You hunt them hard and can't find them or get a shot and then it gets too easy.

    Weird weather everywhere.
     

  3. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

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    Good job. I love to hunt antelope. They are my favorite big game animal. Its never the same twice. All but one of mine have been shot at 200yds or less. A couple at 5yds.
     
  4. sniperVLS

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    Congrats my friend!

    You know me, the first thing that caught my eye was your Sendero /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  5. Nomosendero

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    Congrats, Sir! Antelope hunting is great fun, I love it. We plan on returning to WY in 07.
     
  6. Fiftydriver

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    Hey,

    I have seen that rifle before!! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Congrats on the hunt. Sounds like it was an interesting one. Common with pronghorns!!!

    Kirby Allen(50)
     
  7. ss7mm

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    Eaglet:

    Great pic and story. Looks like the end result was pretty good no matter what it took to get there. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Where was William??? You should have had him there to help out. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  8. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    ss7mm,
    William had to stay and go to school because his deer hunt is coming within 2 months and he can't miss that much. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif I'm glad, he probably would have said: "Let him run dad, let him get farther away" /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    Kirby, Yes! you have seen that rifle. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Thank you all Gents. for your comments. Good luck to you all on your hunts.
     
  9. victor

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    Thanks Eaglet,

    I'm going on a Deer hunt to WY in about a week. I havn't been able to get to sleep at night due to the anticipation of hunting I guess. Your picture won't help me any!

    That's a great picture, I can almost smell the desert thru my screen.

    Keep those pics coming,
    Take care,
    Vic
     
  10. yotefever

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    Great story. I leave on the 21st for my first WY antelope hunt and I'm also having trouble sleeping. I've been out west on vacation three times but this will be my first western hunt, well, with a gun and not a camera.
    I hope to call in a few coyotes while out there and see if I can do a Randy Anderson impersonation /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  11. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

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    Congrats Eaglet. Nice story and picture.
    I recognize that there piece of land. Wish I was out there right now but will have to wait until November!
     
  12. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    GG,
    November isn't that far away. Just bring good shoes... just kidding. My hunting partner used these Rocky boots to hunt about 10 years or so and in this particular trip they gave up. In memory of such good boots, I made this montage.

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  13. duckinalaska

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    Eaglet,
    Yeah, it's that time of the year again (hunting season). I get real excited when the good stories start rolling in. Congrats on a awesome hunt, and nice rifle.
    Brandon