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my 2013 Colorado Pronghorn hunt
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Charlie Rehor 19-Aug-13
sticksender 19-Aug-13
t-roy 19-Aug-13
Sage Buffalo 19-Aug-13
Bowme2 19-Aug-13
OFFHNTN 19-Aug-13
Nick Muche 19-Aug-13
stealthycat 19-Aug-13
Bob 19-Aug-13
stealthycat 19-Aug-13
elkmtngear 19-Aug-13
Mark Watkins 19-Aug-13
JD1983 19-Aug-13
otcWill 19-Aug-13
sitO 19-Aug-13
Huntography 19-Aug-13
drycreek 19-Aug-13
stealthycat 19-Aug-13
BULELK1 19-Aug-13
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Huntography 19-Aug-13
StickFlicker 19-Aug-13
tradmt 19-Aug-13
stealthycat 19-Aug-13
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psemf4 19-Aug-13
Elk Dog 19-Aug-13
stealthycat 19-Aug-13
HUNT MAN 19-Aug-13
midwest 19-Aug-13
Heat 19-Aug-13
Justin Davis 20-Aug-13
LC Archer 20-Aug-13
stealthycat 27-Jan-15
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Teeton 27-Jan-15
Paul@thefort 08-Feb-15
Buglmin 08-Feb-15
drycreek 08-Feb-15
Ermine 08-Feb-15
stealthycat 09-Feb-15
Alabowma 09-Feb-15
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sitO 09-Feb-15
stealthycat 09-Feb-15
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Garbo 11-Feb-15
From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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Special thanks to a bowsiter who graciously shared information allowing me to draw a tag for this unit I hunted - I owe the man. I'll not mention the unit I hunted - and he said its ok to post the hunt.

What a week.

I worked 11 hours Monday, 15 on Tuesday, got off work at 3 am on Wednesday and proceeded to drive 900+ miles to near Alamosa, CO. I got there and walked around for just a few minutes before crashing in the back of my Sequoia in one of the worst nights sleep I've ever had.

I use to could sleep anywhere - not anymore.

Thursday morning I walked for a few miles, saw one dink antelope buck.

This is the kind of country I am looking at - vast, it swallow everything

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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Its gorgeous country - it really is, it has its own beauty.

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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I returned to truck for lunch, and then proceeded to drive, and try to get acquainted with this vast unit. I found a group of pronghorn, one small buck. I decided to get closed, but you have to wrap way, WAYYYY around - and in the process of walking the miles needed to do that, I came across a NICE buck over the lip of a ridgeline.

I have a Be The Decoy- and I have now renamed it Scare the Prognhorns Hat - because that's what it did ! Stil - nice pronghorn.

I found another one - not as big - same results with hat

before wrapping back to truck and taking another route to the group I'd seen earlier. I spot/stalked them - and got to where they were, no pronghorns

walked all the way BACK to the truck and driving out? there they were, 100 yards below the very ledge I'd walked

the swells and sways and gully's and dips .... they hide EVERYTHING

grrrr

I slept very hard and uncomfortable Thursday night but don't ever forget to stop and smell ....

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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and don't forget the type of country ...

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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Friday morning, I'm back at that ridge. I walked..... gads I walked 10+ miles. I came into this area - kinda cool, great place to hide from a storm ....

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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and I saw this and thought, what the heck? middle of prairie and there's a page from a book? really ?

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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I'd love to know the story on this ....

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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aside from the paper, miles and miles of open sagebrush and one decent buck that saw me and ran for 20 miles the other way .... nothing. I got back to my truck, exhausted, and drove to another area, hiked it .... nothing so I'm now thinking I have to drive more, hike less because you can walk for days and not see a pronghorn I think.

I probably drove a good 40 miles of dirt 4x4 type roads, and saw NOTHING when a nice buck and 4 does crossed the road in front of me. I watched them from a distance, and the terrain being as it were they had a path, almost a funnel but you couldn't really call it that in such big country but there was a depression, a low area ... a way to maybe sneak in on them.

so, I 1/4 mile belly crawled, ranged the buck at 82 yards and BAM!!!! busted

goodness these things have scary vision

plenty of these though and they LOVE people

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13
so I drove some more, and back to where that group was, and then opposite direction from where I came and I see this nice buck side hilling at a steady pace - towards where that group was an hour back.

and I think huh .... if he follows the same path/trail ..... hmmmm

so off I go, high tailing it back the way I came, over a hill, down the roads and park then back up towards that funnel type area ....

anyway, I get to where the pronghorns were earlier, get low in that gully and I can't believe it in 10 minutes here he comes

I don't remember the shot really ... I image he was right at 60 yards.

the shot was a bit quarter to, taking out lungs, liver and exiting back ........ two small circles and down he went, arrow #2 because I can't stand to watch an animal dying when I can make it quicker.

I didn't know how good he was ..... and I'm not a scorer on antelope, but I think he's a mid 70's buck ... great mass, 14" length, 6 1/2" bases, broomed prongs but gorgeous gorgeous

I had him quartered by dark, and I drove all night to get back here by 3pm with just 2 hours sleep

what a whirlwind - looking back, I think my buck saw the smaller buck with does from a way off ... and he was simply coming to whip the smaller buck, and claim the does .... lots of luck, I was just accepting that you can walk/drive tens of miles and not even SEE a pronghorn in this country

so lucky

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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he must be an old buck - he had no fat on him, he's got 1/4" - 1/2' stickers on his horns ..... by taking the 14" and dividing by 4, his D3 measurement actually falls on the prong

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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19-Aug-13

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19-Aug-13

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gorgeous country - I wish now I'd have stayed an extra day .... but I'm always worried about processing the meat, getting back to my family etc ...

19-Aug-13
stealthycat: You take two measurements below the prong and two above for P&Y Measurement on Pronghorn. Divide by 1'4's as you did but take the third measurement above the prong. Great hunt. Bowsite Rocks! c

From: sticksender
19-Aug-13
Congrats on gettin 'er done stealthycat. Beautiful pronghorn!

From: t-roy
19-Aug-13
Nice goat! Congrats.

From: Sage Buffalo
19-Aug-13
Stealthy: I am not sure how many times you have hunted antelope but what you just did is as LUCKY as you get! It's one thing to shoot a smaller antelope but that's a nice goat!

Sometimes when you work as hard as you did the good Lord blesses you.

Congrats!!!

BTW If you get the met in a cooler with ice it will be fine for many days.

From: Bowme2
19-Aug-13
Very nice! Congratulations!

From: OFFHNTN
19-Aug-13
Congratulations!

From: Nick Muche
19-Aug-13
Congrats. Sure beats sitting in a blind! Nice buck.

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13
Sage Buffalo - I hunted them twice with archery in early 1990's in South Dakota .... I use to live out west, so I'm familiar with them somewhat.

If you think about it ... you're driving 1000 miles, no pre-scouting, you've got to find them, and get within 60 yards or so ..... and you've got to do all that PLUS try to find a good one? Its a huge challenge, one we all do when we go on bowhunting trips but the enormity of the challenge never goes away.

Yes - I know he's likely the biggest pronghorn I'll ever take, archery or rifle. I can hunt a long time and not see many bigger, much less get close enough with archery to take them.

I was very lucky.

From: Bob
19-Aug-13
Did you ever see the movie dances with wolves ? When the the soldiers come and get john from the sod fort. Two of the soldiers go over to the pond and are in need of some paper. Anyway thanks for the story, and nice buck. Even better the way you got em ! Bob

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13
Bob - that crossed my mind .... however, after picking that page up and all, I just can't bring myself to believe that's what it was for :o

!!!

From: elkmtngear
19-Aug-13

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Great job ambushing that old boy! Awesome story and pics, Congrats!

Best of Luck, Jeff (Bowsite sponsor)

From: Mark Watkins
19-Aug-13
Nicely done!

Mark

From: JD1983
19-Aug-13
Awesome pronghorn and story!

From: otcWill
19-Aug-13
Awesome! Congrats, I know how hard it is cuz I'm tryn it right now!

From: sitO
19-Aug-13
Great pics, story, and hunt...congrats sir! I really like the little oddities those "horns" can develop...cool specimen!

P.S. Charlie is right on the measurements...a great buck nonetheless!

From: Huntography
19-Aug-13
Great stuff. Love all the details of your trip and hunt.

Congrats!

Rudy

From: drycreek
19-Aug-13
Now this, folks , is a pronghorn thread! Good job stealthycat !!!

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13

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I don't know if I mentioned ... there was a closed 4x4 road place that had deep ruts - antelope had drank from it and there were tracks, but it was dried up yet still wet and my buck went there first to try and drink ... I got a couple of photo's before he came in close enough ( thank you Nikon and your optical zoom)

BB has had a bad influence on me, reaching for camera first !!!

From: BULELK1
19-Aug-13
Good for you stealthycat!

Spot-n-Stalk is way to much fun.

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13
I tell you Robb, the guys spot and stalking antelope I have a greater admiration for and I knew the challenge, but its fresh in my mind having just come from that wide open country and I'm so lucky to have gotten mine.

And I used a compound - last 7-8 years I've used my recurves/longbows mostly. I can't imagine spot/stalk with trad gear, talk about upping the challenge !

From: Huntography
19-Aug-13

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Spot and stalk for me too. It's so thrilling.

I had a bunch of chances on opening day of Colorado pronghorn last Thurs but was missing - thing in the open country - a decoy.

I had numerous bucks 200 yards plus and had ribs of stare downs.

Managed 1 stealthy stalk on a bedded buck over a ridge. I saw him grazing from about 300 yards on the rise of the ridge. Them I had another buck bedded on the other side of me about the same distance.

I decided to stalk the one that went over the ridge after about a half hour wait. Figured he had to be bedded somewhere close.

Made my way to the top. Glassed. Nothing.

Slowly stashed the top and them boom. He got up from behind another rise about 50 yards from me at full speed. By the time I could draw, he was over 100 yards away and looking back my way.

I got low. He was looking everywhere for me but didn't see he. He got nervous. Took off again. Stopped andromeda back again.

If I had a decoy maybe I cold of held him or not spooked him as much.

Tomorrow I'll be at it again in the 95 degree CO plains.

This time, with my new decoy.

Can't wait.

From: StickFlicker
19-Aug-13
Congratulations Brad, nice write-up!

From: tradmt
19-Aug-13
Great story and congrats on a great and unique animal.

Take that longbow next time. Its the ultimate challenge, I have been in longbow range a few times but have only killed them from behind a decoy.

Blind hunting is hot and boring as hell, I honestly would rather eat the tag.

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13
tradmt - I work so much that I have so little time I'm not proficient with my traditional, thus the compound. Maybe 2014 will see my Zipper in hand again.

I tried to find water - and found none. Found two stock tanks, and it never dawned on me those old 4x4 roads had deep ruts that had water - I could have tried to locate those.

Spot and stalk and decoying - all super exciting no doubt. If you'd have asked me my goals before the hunt, I'd have said 12-13" and 60" plus - after I'd hunted 2 days I'd have said any legal buck !!

From: tradmt
19-Aug-13
I hear ya, nothing wrong with a compound other than how heavy those damn things are! lol

Congrats again man, its refreshing to read a good hunting story that doesn't involve sitting in a blind or stand texting. I would be out right now spot and stalking if it wasn't for work! Damn money!

From: psemf4
19-Aug-13
Great story, and very very nice buck!

From: Elk Dog
19-Aug-13
Stealthycat, Hope you are well. Congratulations on you pronghorn. Thanks for sharing the story and the photos. Been awhile since I've seen any posts about you & Arnie's adventures. They were always entertaining. Are the two of you still chasing elk in Colorado? May the wind continue to be in you face.......

From: stealthycat
19-Aug-13
he and I talk often but we've not been back elk hunting ... in fact that was my last elk hunt.

family, job, my love for chasing whitetails ..... this was my year to elk hunt and SO glad I drew that tag, got that pronghorn .... I mean the Weminuche burned hot in the area I so loved to chase elk anyway :(

From: HUNT MAN
19-Aug-13
Nice work. Great story and pics. HUNT

From: midwest
19-Aug-13
That is some beautiful spot and stalk antelope country!

Congrats on a great buck!

From: Heat
19-Aug-13
Wow! Beautiful pronghorn buck right there!

Thanks for sharing.

From: Justin Davis
20-Aug-13
Awesome

From: LC Archer
20-Aug-13
Great job. Awesome shot. Way to get it done. Dave

From: stealthycat
27-Jan-15

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coming back to this - I got my antelope back

D1 was 6" and 6" D2 was 6" and 6" D3 was 3 3/4" and 4" D4 was 3 1/4" and 3" prong 2 3/4" and 3 1/4" 14" for each horn

Right around 72" a couple of his extra points could be measured at 1/2" and 3/4" ..... and something I never mentioned, he's got a bone/growth on his nose - ya'll ever see that ?

From: stealthycat
27-Jan-15
his prongs were really high - the 3rd measurement would have been at 10 1/2" ... which fell right in the middle of the prongs

From: Teeton
27-Jan-15
Great story stealtycat.. I think I'll be doing my first pronghorn hunt this fall.. Still look at all my hunt options for fall 2015.. But with gas prices looking low. May take my rv out from Pa with my girl friend and try to get there about 5 days before the opener and scout my chosen area out.. Ed

From: Paul@thefort
08-Feb-15
Hey Brad, I liked that a lot.. Paul

From: Buglmin
08-Feb-15
Brad... Guess what? I've got 600 acres of afalfa fields over in that area to hunt now, and it's never been hunted!! The family don't hunt. You should see pictures of the mule deer... I might be getting the land owner vouchers....

From: drycreek
08-Feb-15
Good to read this again stealthy. Made a nice mount !

From: Ermine
08-Feb-15
That mount is very nice looking

From: stealthycat
09-Feb-15
Buglmin - I did see one group of muley bucks .. don't know why I didn't snap photo's of them?

is the bone growth on the nose unusual ??

From: Alabowma
09-Feb-15

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The antelope I killed in 2013 had a horn growth on his nose as well.

From: Alabowma
09-Feb-15

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Final mount

From: sitO
09-Feb-15

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Great hunt Stealthy.

My 2013 buck had a growth on his "nose" as well, it was about an inch long and you can see it in this pic. First time I've seen that before though.

From: stealthycat
09-Feb-15
both ya'll have what look to be "old" bucks ... sitO yours had a bunch of "stickers" like mine did too ... not a common thing - just an old pronghorn trait maybe ?

my pronghorn had zero fat - I don't know how he'd have made it through the winter

From: Alabowma
09-Feb-15
I'm going back again this year!! I hope to kill a bigger one!

From: Garbo
11-Feb-15
Nice Job, great buck and a cool looking spot.

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