Another Wyoming 2010 Speedgoat w/ pics

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by efw, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. efw

    efw Well-Known Member

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    I have been looking forward to my first Western hunt for quite a long time. My hunting partner Tom and I started these plans way back in '04 but got sidetracked by an offer to hunt hogs for free in Texas. Samuel and I had practiced all summer in a hayfield south of town and I was reasonably confident out to 400 yards with my 257 AI... not terribly "long" by some standards, but by those of this Michigan whitetail hunter plenty. My son learned to use the LRF and spot my shots, and the cost of the tags was worth all the time we had together this summer even if we'd not have shot anything.

    My son Samuel and I met my gunsmith and friend Mike McCabe and his 8 yo son Kili out in Newcastle, Wy for the pronghorn opener this past Thursday, making camp on the northern edge of 6 mile basin. We did a fair bit of scouting Thursday night and saw many very eligible bucks and more does than we could count. Samuel proved very able at judging trophy potential proving that our time online learning the tricks had paid off.

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    I had a rather sleepless night in rough ground and there were MANY coyote singing throughout the night as if they were anticipating the feast that would come the following night.

    We awoke in time to be out in the field for an incredible sunrise Friday morning. We found a spot about 3/4 mile from camp where we could glass and as the eastern horizon glowed red we awaited the action we were sure would come.

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    There were a great many hunters around, two on a knoll behind the hill on which we were seated, and countless trucks circling the area.

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    It wasn't long before I spotted a buck trotting on the other side of a small rise and motioned to Mike and Kili to join Samuel and me in walking over to investigate.

    As we walked south the hills to our right glowed brightly and the eastern sky was filled with sunlight that made seeing anything to our left difficult. I lead with Samuel to my left and a bit behind as we'd gone over in practice, and Mike and Kili were behind me and to my right. We had nearly crested the rise when a nice buck was spooked by the hunters to our left and ran in front of us. He stopped a moment right in front of us to get his bearings and looked back at the hunter who'd spooked him. I'd followed him in my scope which I'd fortunately remembered to turn down to 4.5x after verifying zero and judged him worthy of a first time trophy.

    My 100 gr Interlock entered behind his right shoulder and exited his brisket on a heavily quartering-away shot, DRT. His lungs were liquified and Samuel and I were happy with a quick, humane kill, even though Samuel wasn't able to do "his thing". I'm a terrible judge of distance in this terrain but Mike, who lives and shoots out West, judged this offhand shot at 150-200 yards.

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    Sadly Mike got a call saying that his step dad, who has been suffering with cancer for a while and was expected to go sooner rather than later, had passed so he and Kili had to take off after that first morning. With Mike & Kili taking off Samuel and I decided to head to Rushmore and do some sight seeing. This trip was all about my son and I having a great time together, and that we did, hiking Hell Canyon, a fair bit of Custer State Park, and just enjoying one another.

    I think my son will remember this first success I think Samuel is hooked and will remember this trip long after he has taken many, many heads of big game himself.

    I still have PPs for Wyoming and am planning something in a higher trophy potential area for next year. I've got a 6.5-06 AI on a Savage 110 action w/ a Bartlein 1-in-8" twist barrel in the works, which I think oughta be just what the doctor ordered for REAL long range shooting out on the plains! While I have no regrets after shooting this, my first PH, it looked bigger in the scope as it jogged along in front of me than its horns do now that they're in my hands :) and I'll practice a bit more restraint next time. I'm not a trophy hunter at all, but will always look for something a bit bigger if and/or when I have the chance.


    Thanks all for reading and for the information. Thanks also to Buffalo Bob whose instruction on PH hunting was invaluable in helping plan out the logistics of this trip!
     
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  2. prtaylor

    prtaylor Well-Known Member

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    Congrats! You got a nice antelope and had a great time with your son, it doesn't get any better than that.
     

  3. RockZ

    RockZ Well-Known Member

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    Great story and nice antelope. It was very special that your son was there to share in the hunt as well!
    That 6.5/06 should be awesome.
    I shot a 6-284 this year and was very pleasantly surprised. Heck, you can get a 6-06 barrel for that savage as well!
    I am trying to get a LRH antelope hunt together for next year in a good trophy area.
    If I can get us a good deal it will be a go!

    Congrats again and nice shooting!
     
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  4. Scoutin' Wyo

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    Nice shooting and a mighty fine buck.

    Nothing better than being outdoors with your kiddo at your side!
     
  5. jimbo300

    jimbo300 Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the antelope. Great pics they really complemented your story well. What a great family hunt, I'm sure the young man will always remember that trip.
     
  6. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    I believe the technical term is 'ground shrinkage'

    Great hunt. A memory that will last a life time.
     
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  7. 06mauser

    06mauser Active Member

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    I'm glad that you and your son had such a great time here in Wyoming. Best of luck drawing another tag.
     
  8. jmden

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    Great story! Thanks for sharing. Jon
     
  9. efw

    efw Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. It was a truly amazing hunt, particularly with my son at my side.

    I sent a photobucket link to friends and coworkers and now have 2 guys from my office interested in going to this location next year. They don't have PPs at all, so that means that I'll have at least 5 PPs for whatever trophy hunt.

    Funny that 6'06 was mentioned above... I'd actually briefly considered a 28" 1-in-7 or 8" twist .224 cal blank chambered to .22-6mm Rem AI or .22'06, but a fast twist 6'06 that'll stabilize 105 gr AMaxes would be sweet too! The availability of a spiral fluted Broughton in the classifieds in another forum tipped me over to the 6.5 option.

    I have a 6mm-250 that shoots brilliantly and I plan to bring that along for 'yotes.

    Another nice thing about this hunt was that it made my younger son who is almost 6 jealous so now he is asking when we'll go out and where... he has moose on his mind so I better start buying some more PPs!!!!!!!

    Thanks again all,

    efw
     
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  10. Flintlock

    Flintlock Well-Known Member

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    Way to go. That is great you can take the young ones and do some side trips to make things interesting.
    I love hunting goats in WY and will be there next year near Casper.
    Congratulations on the goat.

    Mike