Summit Treestands
First Archery Antelope
Pronghorn
Contributors to this thread:
jtelarkin08 29-Aug-17
jtelarkin08 29-Aug-17
Elkstuffer 29-Aug-17
jtelarkin08 29-Aug-17
t-roy 30-Aug-17
deerslayer 30-Aug-17
Scoot 30-Aug-17
The Kid 30-Aug-17
BigOk 30-Aug-17
Shug 30-Aug-17
Drahthaar 30-Aug-17
drycreek 30-Aug-17
EmbryOklahoma 30-Aug-17
jtelarkin08 30-Aug-17
EmbryOklahoma 31-Aug-17
BULELK1 31-Aug-17
pointingdogs 31-Aug-17
Southern draw 31-Aug-17
From: jtelarkin08
29-Aug-17

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Ok guys this has been one heck of a week!! I have been talking to my buddy Brett about doing this hunt for the last 4 years and it just has never worked out. Somehow I talked my wife into letting me head up to Colorado for a few days and chase goats 2 weeks before I spend 10 days in the Gila chasing elk. Not sure how I pulled that off.

The hunting was pretty slow this week, but that said everyone who came had shots at bucks. Hell I shot at 4!!!!!! First archery Antelope

I am honestly convinced I wasn't supposed to kill any of those first few antelope. 3 months ago I lost my mom unexpectedly to a Asthma attack at 54 years old. This was the first hunt I have been on since she passed. This morning when I got in the blind I told my mom that I wish she would let me know she is ok by sending me an antelope. By 9:00am this buck and his group of 12 does moved in and bedded 100 yards south of my blind. I was supposed to get out of the stand at 12:00 to go get my cousin so that we could check out of our hotel and head to the airport. Well at 12:00 they were still bedded within 100 yards of me. So I txt Brett to see if he would pick up my cousin and run him to the hotel so that he could shower and check out. Realistically I could sit until 2pm and us still be able to make our flight. At about 1:00 the group got up and started coming in. The buck however knew something was up with the blind and would not come drink. About half of his does came in but he held back until the group started moving off. At about 1:10pm the group was headed back where they came from with the buck at the back. He dropped down into a ditch and I knew they weren't coming in and my only chance to kill him was to go after him. I grabbed my bow and hauled ass to see if I could somehow get a shot even tho he had 6-7 doe with him. I got to where I could see the does and started crawling on my hands and knees hoping to peek over the ridge and see the buck. I couldn't find him anywhere. I sat up on my knees and looked to my right and he was staring right at me walking to me. I pulled up my rangefinder and the distance was "to far." He was curious of what I was so he kept coming but was still "to far." After a few more steps I got my number that I knew I could kill him and moved my sight. He was facing me and I put my pin on the center of his chest. I made a perfect shot but before the arrow got there he did a complete 180 and my arrow hit him just in front of the right hindquarter. It hit the femoral artery as well as broke his back. I ran as fast as I could and put a few more arrows in him before he could expire, he was not getting up lol. I killed him at 1:27pm and we had to leave for the airport at 2:00pm at the absolute latest. Talk about last minute. With Jim(a guy hunting with us) having his bow blow up trying to draw on this goat at 30 yards and just how everything happened I am 100% convinced that my mom gave me this goat. She wanted me to know she is ok and I wasn't meant to kill one of those first ones. I have never been so emotional after killing an animal and this one probably means more to me than any animal I have ever killed.

I have to thank Brett. We have known each other for quite a few years and he is as good as they come. He helps guys out each year chasing these goats purely because he likes doing it. Brett thank you so much. Next time we need to hunt elk First archery Antelope

From: jtelarkin08
29-Aug-17

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From: Elkstuffer
29-Aug-17
Wow! Great buck! Congratulations!

From: jtelarkin08
29-Aug-17

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I meant to post this pic.

From: t-roy
30-Aug-17
Congrats on a great goat and also sorry for your loss as well.

From: deerslayer
30-Aug-17
I lost my mom almost 2 years ago unexpectedly as well, and three weeks later I killed a big bull. I can honestly say I know how you feel. Very bittersweet to be sure, but I'm really glad you connected on that goat. Sometimes you just have to make it happen. Great buck, great pics, great story! Good job all the way around. Congrats man.

From: Scoot
30-Aug-17
JT, I'm sorry for your loss. See the "Poor Man's BB Antelope Hunt" thread for a similar theme... Congrats on a great buck though! That's pretty darn awesome!

From: The Kid
30-Aug-17
Great story! I am sorry for your loss. I am sure your mom is smiling from up above on what you accomplished!

From: BigOk
30-Aug-17
Sorry for your loss. Congrats on a great hunt that you will never forget.

From: Shug
30-Aug-17
Congratulations... beautiful

From: Drahthaar
30-Aug-17
Glad your mom was with you, sorry for your loss. great last minute buck. Forrest

From: drycreek
30-Aug-17
Great first goat ! You made your Mom proud !

30-Aug-17
Thoroughly enjoyed your write up. Thank you for sharing and very sorry for the loss of your Mother.

Oh, I have to ask... what did you do with the meat and cape in that time frame?

30-Aug-17
Congratulations!

From: jtelarkin08
30-Aug-17

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@EmbryOklahoma I was hunting with my buddy Brett who is from Texas but has a ranch up in Colorado. I called him as soon as I shot my buck and he was there in 15 min. We loaded it in his truck, gutted, quartered and caped it and put it in his deep freezer at his ranch. When he comes back to Texas he is bringing everything to me. I owe him big time!!! I had already put my knives in my bow case the night before so that I didnt accidentally forget them in my carry on. I was extremely unprepared. I strapped him Un-Gutted with compression straps to my Kifaru and packed him 500 yards or so back to the blind where Brett could drive his truck. LOL That was a heavy load

31-Aug-17
Very nice, JT! Congrats again and best of luck in NM hunting elk.

From: BULELK1
31-Aug-17
Prayers for your Mom--very sad.

Dang nice Antelope--

Congrats

Good luck, Robb

From: pointingdogs
31-Aug-17
Great story and nice buck

31-Aug-17
Congrats ! Nice story Sorry to hear about your mom.

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