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Hart Mountain Pronghorn Hunt
Pronghorn
Contributors to this thread:
Elkstuffer 16-Aug-17
t-roy 16-Aug-17
Royboy 16-Aug-17
midwest 16-Aug-17
sitO 16-Aug-17
Southern draw 16-Aug-17
GhostBird 16-Aug-17
Drahthaar 16-Aug-17
njbuck 16-Aug-17
dakotaduner 16-Aug-17
SBH 16-Aug-17
wkochevar 16-Aug-17
elkmtngear 16-Aug-17
Charlie Rehor 16-Aug-17
iceman 16-Aug-17
yooper89 16-Aug-17
Animal Killer 16-Aug-17
Carcajou 16-Aug-17
XbowfromNY 16-Aug-17
elvspec 16-Aug-17
bentshaft 16-Aug-17
bentshaft 16-Aug-17
Quinn @work 17-Aug-17
bohunr 17-Aug-17
Dan Mallia 18-Aug-17
Elkstuffer 22-Aug-17
From: Elkstuffer
16-Aug-17

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Most of you had seen my 101 questions on here pertaining to my upcoming pronghorn hunt. Most of my questions had to do with setting water and unfortunately for this hunt I was unable to use any of your advise. Hart Mountain and Central Oregon for that matter just came out of a 15+ yr drought and had so much snow pack last year that the refuge was full of water. The antelope would see your blind and go on to the next hole without a blind to get their water. Once again, for the 4th archery antelope hunt in a row I was going to have to spot and stalk. With the last 3 trips coming home empty handed my confidence was at an all time low.

When I first inquired about Hart Mountain on here one of the first of many people that offered help was "bohunr". At first we chatted on my post, then we PM'd each other and finally exchanged numbers. We were either texting or talking on the phone almost nightly. Then he said that he, his wife and their grandaughter were going to take a trip east from the Portland area to do some scouting for my hunt. This was the first time that Larry blew me away. I could tell that he was really passionate about this unit having hunted deer there several time. Then the day before our blinds could go up he said he found a good spring for me to set on and was out their at midnight setting up his blind for me. Blown away again. I was finally able to get away and take my travel trailer down the weekend before the season opener. I finally got to meet Larry for the first time and found him to be one of the most genuine and down to earth people I've had the pleasure to meet. We spent the day together with him showing me around and helping to set up my blind and then finished off the day with he and his wife making me dinner. Blown away again!!!!!

I left the next day to go back home and returned 3 days later with my son Garric. Still intent on setting water we were in our blind by 5 am opening morning. 4 days later and 48 hrs logged into the blind we had only seen a pronghorn doe and fawn and a small mule deer buck. Time to make something happen. While doing some exploring we had noticed some travel routes that the antelope were using to get to various water holes. So we tried to ambush a couple different groups and I did get to draw on a buck that busted me at 30 yrds but it just wasn't meant to be.

It was now day 6 of a short 8 day season so we went back to the trailer and had a good breakfast. I told my son that it was now going to be a daylight to dark spot and stalk hunt for the next two and a half days and I was counting on him to keep me going as my moral was at an all time low. We set out to cover as much ground as possible. We saw a couple bucks that weren't in a good position for a stalk so me moved on. We finally came over a rise and I spotted a doe and a fawn skylined a couple ridges away. We were able to get on the backside of the ridge and had the wind in my favor. Garric stayed at the quad and I continued to climb only to get busted by one of the 15 does that were with the buck. I kept climbing hoping that they would calm down before I got to the top. I was about 15 feet from cresting when I saw the tops of the bucks horns and they were staring right over the top of me. I couldn't range him due to the tall grass so I dropped my rangefinder and guessed him at 40 yrds. Just then his head turned away from me looking back at the direction the does went. I got to full draw and took 3 steps up the hill till I could see the top of his back. I released and watched the arrow arch over the top of the hill and heard the wonderful sound of a solid hit. By the time I got up onto the flat he had gone 40 yrds and bedded down. I was able to get to 17 yrds and put another arrow in him. My forth trip "spotting and stalking" pronghorn was in the books. It took my son about 20 minutes to get there so I just sat and soaked it all in. Then he and I, hand in hand, walked up to him together to see our goat for the first time. And then I lost it. This 11 yr old little boy kept his dad going for 6 days remaining positive the whole way and telling me daily that we were going to get it done. He had as much to do with our success as I did if not more.

I later heard that this was only the 6th pronghorn taken out of 27 tags which made me feel even more fortunate. Harvest success for this hunt is usually around 85%.

Hart Mountain now has a piece of my heart and I can't wait to get back down there to do more exploring. After the hunt we spent another 2 days looking at 100's of animals, finding arrowheads and other Indian artifacts, looking at petroglyphs and seeing some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets I've ever seen. This hunt allowed me to spend precious time with my little boy who is growing way too fast and also introduced me to a fellow hunter in Larry that was my biggest cheerleader, texting words of encouragement every night, who will be a friend for life. Hopefully we'll be back in another 20 yrs for Garric to hunt his Hart Mountain pronghorn.

If you've never been to Hart Mountain you need to put it on your bucket list. You'll be blown away!

From: t-roy
16-Aug-17
Congratulations to you and your son on a successful trip that neither one of you will forget! A spot and stalk pronghorn is even more impressive.

Kudos to bohunr (Larry) as well. Very considerate of him and his family to help you guys on your quest!

From: Royboy
16-Aug-17
Very cool, way to get it done.

From: midwest
16-Aug-17
Great story and congrats on getting in done with your son along! Memories to last a lifetime for both of you!

From: sitO
16-Aug-17
Great story and buck, congrats!

16-Aug-17
Congrats to you and your son!

From: GhostBird
16-Aug-17
Congratulations on a tough and very rewarding hunt.

From: Drahthaar
16-Aug-17
Awesome, congratulations too the 3 of you, you will never forget this hunt with your son ,and your new friend Larry. Forrest

From: njbuck
16-Aug-17
Congrats!

From: dakotaduner
16-Aug-17
Great job. Great memories and a great friend

From: SBH
16-Aug-17
That's awesome. What Bowsite is all about!

From: wkochevar
16-Aug-17
From the pics it looks like you were way south. that seemed to be where the majority of the antelope were, Long lake, etc. Congrats! I do not know how you sat in the 100 degree heat all day like that....

From: elkmtngear
16-Aug-17
Awesome hunt...what a great story !

Big congrats to everyone involved.

Best of Luck, Jeff

16-Aug-17
Great pics! Congrats!

From: iceman
16-Aug-17
Very cool story, bud. Thanks for taking us along and congratulations to you two.

From: yooper89
16-Aug-17
Congrats and an awesome story! I'm glad your son was there to help you through, and witness your success.

16-Aug-17
Awesome Goat!! Congrats

From: Carcajou
16-Aug-17
Great story, and a great looking buck, way to go!

From: XbowfromNY
16-Aug-17
Great story, congrats.

From: elvspec
16-Aug-17
Congrats man, way to persevere!

From: bentshaft
16-Aug-17
Congrats!

From: bentshaft
16-Aug-17
Congrats!

From: Quinn @work
17-Aug-17
Congrats!! Even better you could share with your son. Bohunr is the type of guy that makes bowsite so awesome!

From: bohunr
17-Aug-17
I knew you'd get one bud,congratulations to you and Garric.

From: Dan Mallia
18-Aug-17
Nice!

From: Elkstuffer
22-Aug-17
Thanks guys!!!!! Definitely a trip to remember!

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