First Antelope Hunt a Success

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by Ghostmoney, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Ghostmoney

    Ghostmoney Well-Known Member

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    After 12 years of waiting I was finally successful in drawing an antelope tag in Oregon. I drew the Malheur River unit first hunt. I was only able to get away from work for a quick weekend scouting trip before the hunt, and I was a bit disappointed when after two days of scouting I only saw a single antelope.
    Opening day was another day spent without spotting a single antelope. I was hunting with a family friend who had hunted the unit before and took me to all of the locations he had seen antelope in previous years without seeing a single one.
    The next morning I hunted some new area and around 9am spotted four antelope down in a small field about 300 yards away. They instantly took off running away from us. They would stop about 800 yards away and watch me but as soon as I would get out of the truck they would start running again. Knowing there was a road on the border of the field they were in I drove as fast as I could to try and stay with them and close the distance as they were angling closer and closer towards the road. They stopped a few times but every time I would stop within 30 seconds they would take off running again. I was getting near the end of the field where I figured was my only chance to get a chance at a shot. I raced to get a little ahead of them as the buck was trailing the does by about 150 yards. When I got slightly ahead of them I stopped the rig and jumped out and had my father jump in the drivers seat and had him keep driving so the buck would thing the danger was gone and hopefully not notice me. It worked enough to get the buck within 250 yards when it finally noticed me and quartered away from me and began picking up speed. I decided I had a single window to get a shot before it would disappear behind a small hill... So I led the front shoulder by 2-3 feet and let the 300 gr berger fly.
    I thought I had seen it drop but was not sure with the recoil if it had just disappeared over the crest of the hill... Then I saw some dust kick up as it did a couple quick death spasms.... I made my way over to where I last saw him and found him flipped over on his back facing the opposite direction he was heading. The berger entered few inches behing the front shoulder and exited the opposite shoulder.
    It is not the biggest antelope but antelope steaks are on the menu
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  2. DKennedy951

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    Nice job and thanks for sharing.
     

  3. HighKnob

    HighKnob Well-Known Member

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    Congrats! Feels good when a plan comes together.
     
  4. Damol

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    Good story, thanks for sharing. and nice Antelope.
    What caliber? You gave the weight, but not caliber.
     
  5. chas3stix

    chas3stix Well-Known Member

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    Congrats. Thanks for sharing your hunt . Nevada antelope rifle season opens Thursday and I was lucky enough to draw a tag.
     
  6. Ghostmoney

    Ghostmoney Well-Known Member

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    Rifle - 338 lapua
    Stiller tac 338 action, 28" rock creek barrel Mcmillian a5 stock
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  7. Damol

    Damol Well-Known Member

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    Thats a sweet looking rig.
     
  8. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Nice rifle.
     
  9. Ghostmoney

    Ghostmoney Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, it has really extended my long range shooting. I was shooting a 300 weatherby accumark that I never could really get to shoot that well and never felt comfortable shooting past 500 yds with it. Sold it and two other guns to fund this rifle and have taken this one out to 1400 yds and it held MOA or better. Sure is nice knowing when I don't shoot a good group that it is because of shooter error or the reloads. It makes shooting long range a whole lot more enjoyable.
     
  10. 00buck

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    That's unfortunate that after twelve years u come to find out that the unit had poors numbers of animals. I know that Oregon is not known for its lopes but how were the numbers when ur friend hunted?
     
  11. Ghostmoney

    Ghostmoney Well-Known Member

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    He hunted them 10-12 years ago and said there seemed to be a lot more before... I don't plan on hunting for antelope again in Oregon. I was putting in for Hart Mountain but that takes two decades to draw a tag. My father has been trying to go there for 19 years and still waiting... I was not interested in waiting another 8+ years to go, so I am going to start putting in for Wyoming.