First antelope hunt a success w/pic's

gcamp54

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Sorry for the re-post but I needed to add the pictures again so folks could actually see them. Please let me know if you can't view the pic's.

This was my first antelope hunt and it was a solo DIY on public land in Eastern Wyoming. I drove from my home in Florida camping in my vehicle along the way and while hunting. My only real expense were the tags, taxidermist, and gas. It was worth every mile and I can’t wait to do this again next year. I woke up to snow and rain the first day which resulted in lots of mud for the scouting day. The following next 2 days were beautiful hunting with sun and cool temps. I shot the buck on day 2 at 395 yds after a stalk and low crawl. I know this isn’t that far but it’s the longest shot I’ve attempted. The horns measured 13 ¾ on one side and 13 ¼ on the other. The unofficial score by the taxidermist was 73. It seemed to be a good representation for that area. I’m real happy with it. I shot the doe on day 3 at 300 yards, again, after a stalk and low crawl. I deboned both animals at the site of kill and packed out the meat and buck head/cape. I put the meat in zip-lock bags and all the meat did fit into my soft cooler and took only 4-5 bags of ice to get the meat home. I then butchered and packaged the meat when I got home. Of course I cooked some small steak strips for my wife and I that night. This is the first wild game she has liked. The meat was excellent. I decided to leave the head with a local taxidermist in Douglas, Wy. I hunted from Monday until Wednesday and started my drive home Wednesday evening. The winter storm was due to hit on Wednesday night and I was concerned I may get stuck in place, not able to make it to my next hunting destination for mule deer. I think I made the right call. I already had a great hunt that went according to all my planning. This was some of the best hunting I’ve ever done and I’m already excited about planning next year’s hunt. Next year I plan to stay out there for about a month and try to add mule deer and elk to my plan. I used .30cal Berger 175 VLD hunting bullets on both animals which left a considerable exit wound. The load I used was Fed cases, Fed 210m primers, 44.5grs of IMR 4064 at 2680fps. The rifle was an old Rem 700 Police Special that I had the action and bolt trued, barrel crowned, oversized recoil lug installed, and I installed a Basix trigger recently. It's all pillar bedded in a McMillan A-2 stock. The scope is a Leupold 4.5-14x40 Vari-X III with Mk4 rings and base. I developed a “drop chart” using the Nightforce ballistics software and shooting on a local 200 yd range. I was unable to check actual zero’s at longer ranges because of a lack of more than 200 yds at this range. I’ve shot this rifle at 1,000 yds before during conventional long range High Power matches but this is the first time I’ve tried it hunting and using this load. I didn’t want to push the distant too much for this reason. Needless to say I’m hooked on using long range equipment for long range hunting. I’m looking forward to trying some real long shots in the future. My new 7WSM from LSR should be arriving any day now. I cooked most of my meals on my small backpack stove or I just got a sandwich at the gas station while I was getting gas. It took me 33 hours to get there and a little longer to get back due to the heavy rain and traffic. Again, it was worth every mile. Thanks to all the folks on this site who helped me get this hunt accomplished.

Gordon
Niceville, FL

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Day 1 and it's still drizzling when I took this picture.

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Day 2 and I have my first Antelope down.

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The position I shot the doe at 300 yds. She is a small white dot on the hillside and the other antelope are exiting to the right.

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Day 3, I finished deboning this doe, packed up, and headed home.
 

kiwi3006

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Nicely done and Nice Pictures! That is a lot of driving!
Down here in NZ 33 hours would get you from one end of the country to the other and back again and have some left over to spare!

Stu.
 

hshunter

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Well done, antelope hunting can become addictive, there is a group of long range handgunners that gather every year in Casper to chase them. Our drive was not quite as long just 17 hrs from Phoenix but it is worth the miles, again great trophy and good shooting.
nmhunter
 

Slopeshunter

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Nice story and pics Gordon, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you've established a nice annual hunt for yourself. Look forward to next years adventure.

Cheers!
 

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Excellent!
Good write up and congrats on the DIY hunt.
I am glad you enjoyed your time here in Wyoming.
 

MNbogboy

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Glad to hear you had a great hunt....Very nice buck and the doe has my mouth watering....Were you able to find the campsite I wrote you about?....The spot where you shot the doe looks very familiar to me.....Our hunt is on a "hold pattern" we were to leave yesterday for Kaycee but my Daughter-in-law is recovering from pnemonia so my son and I probably won't leave until Tommorrow at the earliest....Also glad to hear your wife likes the lope meat, mine does too but she won't hardly touch venison.....
Congrats again on the mighty fine shooting and hope to talk to you later,
Randy
 

gcamp54

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I think it was in the general vicinity you described but I forgot my GPS so I couldn't tell you exactly. I thought I packed it but couldn't find it. Thanks for the advise on the area. Having a definite area to go to was real helpful. It was an excellent hunt and I can't wait to do it again next year. I didn't see any deer or elk though. Just a good amount of antelope and more good bucks. It looks like the weather will be good for you. It turned bad for about a week after I had been there just 3 days. Thanks again for the tip. I hope your hunt is also a good one. Send some pictures.

Gordon
Niceville, FL
 

Chas1

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Gordon, Thanks for sharing your story-very nice and the pics are great. That first day looked pretty miserable but, looks like it cleared up nicely for you. Good shooting.
 
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