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Teeton's 1st pronghorn hunt semi live
Teeton's 1st pronghorn semi live.
It all started with deciding for the first time in 10 years of not go elk hunting and start burning some of my Colorado points I have. So come April I put in for Colorado pronghorn. With 16 points I figured I would draw for sure. Nope! Didnot draw, but Colorado's draw results came early enough to still put in for Wyoming's draw and with 4 points I drew.
Well this hunt is going to be a diy hunt. I'd be driving out in my rv pulling a little suv. I'm going out with my girl friend Julie, who's a trooper. We will be leaving on Friday August 7th after work. The trip will be about 15/16 days.
I want to get there and have about 5 days to scout setup a few blinds before the August 15 th opener. As you can see I started this thread 6 days into our trip.
Well we scouted and found 3 good spots to set blinds up. We set up 2 blinds wish I had brought a 3rd maybe a 4th.
Anyway I got 2 setup on the down wind side of the watering holes 3 days before the Saturday opener. We checked out the 2 blinds today Thursday the 13th. We checked them out with the spotting scope from a far. Let's call the first blind we checked out the #1 blind/waterhole it had about 6 pronghorn within 100 yds of it and 8 or 10 more within 300 yds and a half dozen with in half mile that i could see. At the #2 blind I could only see a straight line to it. I saw no pronghorn with in that line but saw about 40 within 300 yds out to a half mile that i could see and I could only see maybe 20 % of the land in that half mile.
I well try to post each day if I can but at camp or blinds I have no cell service. I have to drive around to find service so I may not post every day. Ed.
Here's a pix of camp by a small stream
Here is a pix of my first blind setup. Ed
This is a pix of my #2 setup. Ed
This is pix looking over the top of the #1 setup. It sets down off the bank of the water hole about 2 feet. Ed
Morning practice, and maybe my last before tomorrow's hunt. As its not that windy in the morn to shoot. Groups from 30 40 and 50 yds
Checking my blinds from far with spotting scope. I did snap a pix of a goat right by my #2 setup this morning. Not sure if you will see it as its pretty far. Ed
Ok checked #1 blind. No goat right on water but 2 nice bucks bed right above it. Hope you can see them. Ed
Heres a pix of my spotting scope I'm using to find stuff.
Also I did not post the one pix above. I'm sure you know which one I'm talking about. Don't know where it came from.
I enjoyed the video Ed! I just got back from Africa 2 weeks ago;>)
Good luck on the speed goats & keep the pics coming!
Me and Juls are on our way to Casper to resupply about a hours drive. Here is a pix of Julie making breakfast after getting back from checking out the blinds.
Thanks for the good luck wishes guys. Here a pix of a buck I took through the spotting scope from about 5/600 yds.
Good luck and thanks for taking us along!
Everything read to go in the pack including gallon of water. I've been here since Monday and it's been hot hot hot!!!
Hopefully, that means dry, dry, dry.....
Pretty fancy camp ya got there!
This is enjoyable reading--thanks for sharing
Good luck, Robb
The season is now open.....looking forward to the next update.....
Good luck Teeton ! About three weeks before I go.
Sun up is 6:08 got to my blind #1 at 5:21. Right at day break 4 big grouse can to water. Daybreak temp was about 62 and very little wind. Looks like it going to be a hot one.
Ok I ll admit it at 7 a nice buck came in, 55 yds. Zing right over his back. :(
A little while later doe and a small buck came in.
A little later, 3 and then this small buck. It's 8:13. Also the wind is pickup some.
9 o'clock report, since 8:13 na da.
10 o'clock report, 9 doe 2 small bucks. 5 came to drink that including the bucks.
11:27 report :) had a doe come in and drink she drank and then walked up out of the water hole. A minute or so later a big boy appeared from a little section of the watering hole I can not see, but did put flagging tape up. But the way the land is shaped he may not of came up from the hole. He walked away following the doe. Watched him for 40 mins or so. Hence, the 11:27 report. :)
Between 11:27 and 1:00 the traffic pick way up must of saw 30. About 25 doe and 5 buck. Some came and watered some didn't.
In the posts below are some photos for my sit.
Selfie in the blind. That pink thing around my neck is one of them frog togg towels that u put water on. It was in the rv from Nascar races. It was around my neck, on my head, on my head and down my back. If ur going August pronghorn hunting get one. But get a black one. :)
Good luck Teton. What part of the state are you in?
Sounds and looks like u had a good first day !!
Vernon Edeler, I'm in the south eastern.
Man, what a way to start the fall seasons.
Thanks for posting!
Thanks for sharing Teeton! I'm going thru pronghorn withdrawals not being able to hunt. How did you go about finding the water holes that you are set up on?
Thanks and Good luck!
Sounds like a great first day.....
Cool. I missed above that you are an hour from Casper. If you where up north I was just going to offer up some info on some walk in coolers for after the kill. Keep the pics coming.
OK got cell service again. Elkstuffer, I'm hunting a area that some friends hunted on. But I found the #1 spot driving around and looking a goggle earth before coming out. The #2 spot was told to me be a rancher. I was checking out a spot when this guy in a truck Flys up I don't think at the time he was happy I was there. Anyway after chatting with him for a while all was good, I was on blm land. Anyway a few hours later me and Juls was drive down a dirt road and there the rancher. He flags us down and tells me about a spot that has water and maybe the only water for a few miles. Well as we got close there was pronghorn all over. So we found the waterhole and set blind #2 up. By the way I put about 200 miles on the little tracker driving around looking for spots. Here a pix of it.
OK back to my story.
About 1:30 a doe came in a few mins later this buck in the pix came in also.
Keep the updates coming.....
...and the suspense builds into another day.
I'l be stuck inside a hunting show all day.
Thankfully I'l be able to check for updates
Don't worry Ed, you look good in pink. Thanks for the thread. homebru
Awesome. What unit are you hunting?
Since yesterday, did you flag the part of the water hole that you cannot see?
It's about 8:16 your time, so I am waiting for your daily 8:13 update....I've already given you an extra three minutes....I am sure that it will be posted any second.....LOL
ED sure looks pretty in pink :>
Good luck Ed! Awesome semi live hunt.
Pink is the new black!
Keep it coming!
Good stuff....keep it coming!!!
Looks like a good time !! Good luck
Sorry guys just got cell again. Still on day 1. In my last post above this post is a pix of a buck. The buck in the above post followed the doe back to the watering hole and stood just about where the far lope in standing in this pix.
Thanks for posting! I'm sitting antelope out this season! Keep after em, good things will happen.
Thanks for the hunt and excitement!
I didn't get my "shoe in" WY draw for this year, so I appreciate "being there" on your hunt.
Good luck and a good buck!
Medicinemann, I flagged it the day in set the blind up with a half roll of tape.
Medicinemann, are you not on a lope hunt also ?
My hunt starts a month from tomorrow.....
Ed contacted me last night. He's having some technical issues right now getting things posted. He'll keep things moving as soon as he can.
enjoying your updates. We elected to get another point this year (4 now) next year for sure. Good Luck.
OK I hope I got things working again. Had some kind of problems getting things posted. My post a post or 2 above this one was part of a post from the 15th. (???) After posting this I'm going to delete that post.
Like to thank Homebru for making that post for me tell you all I was having trouble.
OK back to my hunt. The buck I talked about above followed the doe back to the watering hole and stood right about where I stated above with the doe 7/8 feet to his right. I pick up my range finder and ranged him at 43 yds. I drew my bow and settled my 40 pin just about on the corner of the white and hit the release. In about a millisecond and I mean a millisecond he was out of the water and up on top of the bank. In the pix with this post and the few below you'll the idea what happened.
OK I didn't post the video clip of the turkey hunt.??? Maybe it's part of the problems I'm having.??? Ed
Blood in water and arrow on ground.
With me stating where I settled my 40 pin on a 43 yds shot and the blood in the water right where he stood. Anyone want to take a guess what organ or organs I hit? He was also standing just like the lope in the pix I used as a idea of where and how my buck was stand when I shot. I am shooting a arrow weight of 410 and speed of 295. Ed
Well here's a photo of him right after the shot.
Beautiful buck! Congrats!!!
Beautiful buck Ed. Congrats!
WTG Teeton! Congrats on a fine buck!
Great job, enjoyed the hunt along. Forrest
Nice! Thanks for taking us along
nice buck,they look great on the wall
Let me guess, you maybe shot him in the heart? :-)
Great hunt. Hope you enjoy the meat and the mount will look great.
Thanks for taking us along.
Since you aimed at the "corner" of the brown and white, and you hit the lower part of the heart, is it safe to assume that he "jumped" the string about 4"-6" inches?....at 40 yards, considering their reflexes, that really isn't too bad....
How far did he run after your shot?. Which side was the entrance side? Exit side?
Thanks for taking us along and congrats on finding someone to endure that hot blind with!
Beautiful! Congrats and thanks for taking the time to share.
Great looking buck! Congrats!
Good job Teeton ! Thanks for the story and pics. Making me hungry !
Nice shootin', Ed. homebru
Congrats on a great goat!
woohoo!!!! Good job Teeton! Great pronghorn! Thanks for taking us along on your hunt.
Great shooting Teeton.
Excellent semi-live thread!
Best of Luck, Jeff
Thanks for taking us along and congrats on a fine animal!
Good for you!
Good luck, Robb
Very nice congratulations thanks for sharing
Later I'll post some more pictures of the trip and blind setups. In the mean time here another pix. Its of blind setup #1 looking up to where in shot the lope. Glad everyone enjoyed it. Ed
Here's a shot looking over blind the other way.
Congrats Ed! Great goat! Thanks for sharing your story!
Congrats on your success!
I liked that a lot. You did the work and it paid off. Congrats, Paul
Great job. Excellent hunt. You were well prepared and it showed. Thanks for the photos and story.
Good job I head out in 9 days