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Stock Tank Pronghorn - the sequel
Pronghorn
Contributors to this thread:
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
SBH 20-Aug-20
Paul@thefort 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 20-Aug-20
Treeline 20-Aug-20
EmbryOklahoma 20-Aug-20
sticksender 20-Aug-20
Heat 20-Aug-20
njbuck 20-Aug-20
wilbur 20-Aug-20
JohnMC 20-Aug-20
elkmtngear 20-Aug-20
Bowboy 20-Aug-20
wildwilderness 20-Aug-20
JCarrowthem 20-Aug-20
Beav 20-Aug-20
Dirty D 20-Aug-20
t-roy 20-Aug-20
Ambush 20-Aug-20
Quinn @work 20-Aug-20
Stoneman 21-Aug-20
ND String Puller 21-Aug-20
IKE220 21-Aug-20
Charlie Rehor 21-Aug-20
Scoot 21-Aug-20
midwest 21-Aug-20
hobbes 21-Aug-20
BOWNBIRDHNTR 21-Aug-20
bohuntr 21-Aug-20
Bowfreak 21-Aug-20
yooper89 21-Aug-20
Timbrhuntr 23-Aug-20
HuntSeeker 26-Aug-20
Shug 26-Aug-20
dakotaduner 26-Aug-20
From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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I will try to stretch this into a story; albeit looking back it went fast…

I let opening morning come and go again. Something that has not become as important over the last few years, however this time I was on the road heading to my location Saturday evening and I would be ready come Sunday. Nothing but clear skies except for the billowing clouds of smoke coming off the northern mountains forming a band that poured out over the eastern plains. Looking at the weather forecast it called for hot and hotter. Perfect conditions for stock tank hunting. Sooner or later the pronghorn would be coming in for a drink.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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As I rounded the corner and came down the hill, I could see a few does and fawns milling around in the pasture where I place my blind a week earlier. I pulled up where I figured I would camp and started glassing, 3 to 4 does here 2 or 3 over there and a nice buck between them.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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I had not seen this one when I set up the blind and he looked good from a distance. No scope pictures but here is one with the zoom.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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I watched them until they fed over the rise and the light faded. I waited a few more minutes to make sure they were out of sight prior to driving to the blind for a little house keeping.

After scouting the ranch and talking with rancher about where he needed to keep his cattle on grass, I decided for this first trip I would forgo the camper since I would not be on the plateau and I was not sure how long I would stay, knowing each day towards September it would just get better and better. Better yet, I get lucky and go home early

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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While the new location is different it was every bit as peaceful other than the distant drone coming from some of the fracking operations in the area. Camp was a chair and cot. Nothing like sleeping under the stars on the eastern plains. You can almost reach out and touch them.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20
I was in the blind and ready before light. I did hear a few distant blows on the way in, but it was still plenty early, and it was going to get hot. Around 7:15 two does and a fawn came through. They didn’t even look my way as they filtered across the prairie and disappeared. I kept my head on a swivel with anticipation, but nothing was stirring except a few larks. At this time, you start kicking the uninvited guests out of the blind (spiders, crickets, and occasional grasshopper).

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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wouldn't it be nice if they all did this?
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wouldn't it be nice if they all did this?
Around 11am the temp is almost 90 and I see a doe coming in behind me from the east. She is making a straight line to the water. She walks by the blind at 10 yards and does not even look my way. She steps up to the tank and takes a long deep drink. Satisfied she jumps back and trots out a few yards, looks around and continues her day. I keep looking to see if she had any company but no, all alone. At one point she stopped and looked to west for long enough that made me think something was over there. If there was, I never saw it.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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As is gets hotter the tank is attracting more action. This young coyote came in for a drink and I thought he was going to jump in the tank for a swim. He sure looked like he wanted to.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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Soon after he loped off, I looked to see if I could still see the doe and there was another pronghorn coming my way. I glassed it and it was a buck. As he got closer, I thought I would take a few pictures for reference. Unfortunately, all my windows were closed and all I was able to take were shots through the screen. It didn’t take long to realize I was going to kill this buck given the chance.

He came straight to the water but hesitated before committing to drink. He then turned to curl around the tank where some of the overflow as creating a mud hole. I have seen pronghorn pass on a full tank of water to drink out standing water in old cow hoof tracks.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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Once he turns, he may drop behind the tank leaving me little options. I settle and squeeze off the shot. I hear the distinct sound when you know you made contact. It was a sharp quartering shot but as he came bolting out of the pinch on a dead run, I could see this wasn’t going to take long. He made button hook and cartwheeled to the ground. A few kicks and he was done. I have come to expect very quick kills when both lungs are compromised.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20

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Take away; do your homework, set up a blind early 5-7 days or longer if you can. Try to hunt when it has been hot and dry. The hotter and dryer the better. Take the first good shot once you decide it is an animal you want. Get lucky!

From: SBH
20-Aug-20
Great stuff! awesome buck. congrats

From: Paul@thefort
20-Aug-20

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Nicely done Dave. Heading back out east this day for the next 5 days. i have had does but no bucks at the water tank. Maybe the trail camera will prove me wrong as I have been away for two days.

From: Stoneman
20-Aug-20
Thanks Paul, build it and they will come... good luck!

From: Treeline
20-Aug-20
Congratulations on yet another great antelope, Dave!

20-Aug-20
Congrats, Dave! Nice antelope!

From: sticksender
20-Aug-20
Beauty, congrats!

From: Heat
20-Aug-20
Very nice pronghorn, congratulations!

From: njbuck
20-Aug-20
Great buck, congrats!

From: wilbur
20-Aug-20
Great looking buck; well played.

From: JohnMC
20-Aug-20
nice goat! Congrats.

From: elkmtngear
20-Aug-20
Love it when a plan comes together...nicely done!

From: Bowboy
20-Aug-20
Congrats Dave and taking the time post pictures and your story!

20-Aug-20
beautiful pronghorn!

Out of curiosity how long/tall are his horns?

From: JCarrowthem
20-Aug-20
Great buck!!

From: Beav
20-Aug-20
Congrats on another beauty!

From: Dirty D
20-Aug-20
Congrats Dave, beauty of a buck!

From: t-roy
20-Aug-20
Congrats on a nice goat, Dave!

From: Ambush
20-Aug-20
Very nicely done and a great looking buck!

The draw and Covid conspired to kill my chance at trying to copy you.

From: Quinn @work
20-Aug-20
That’s a great goat Dave. Thanks for sharing the story.

From: Stoneman
21-Aug-20
Thank you all for the congrats and encouragement.

I am going to quote bowhunt from another current thread (470” AZ public land bull), he said “For the most part we all come here to read stories and see pictures of other bow hunter’s success. It keeps us excited and entertained through the off season, and during the seasons.”

I couldn’t agree more. The stories and the photos are a big part of why so many of us check in each day. There have been so many great stories over the years, and I am hoping that trend continues, especially throughout the coming hunting seasons. Best of luck to everyone with their current hunts and throughout the fall.

21-Aug-20
Thanks for sharing! Nice work man!

From: IKE220
21-Aug-20
Nice Job, Thanks for taking us along!!

21-Aug-20
Nice story Stoneman. Congrats

From: Scoot
21-Aug-20
Great stuff and many congrats!

From: midwest
21-Aug-20
Love it! Congrats again!

From: hobbes
21-Aug-20
Congrats! Good looking buck.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
21-Aug-20
Great hunt and story. Thanks for sharing!

From: bohuntr
21-Aug-20
I am leaving for Wyoming next week so this was a great time for me to read this. Congratulations on a beautiful buck!

From: Bowfreak
21-Aug-20
I am getting ready to head to WY in a few weeks to hunt elk, but I am jealous of every person hunting antelope this year. I love hunting them. Thanks for sharing and great buck!

From: yooper89
21-Aug-20
Nice write up! Missed one with the recurve this morning. Hoping for redemption this afternoon! This gives me hope

From: Timbrhuntr
23-Aug-20
Oh man that was awesome but your killing me as I should but can't be in a blind just like that in a couple weeks ! That first pic of the road going in almost made me cry lol !!

From: HuntSeeker
26-Aug-20
Thanks for making this a story and congrats on a very nice buck!

From: Shug
26-Aug-20
Congratulations

From: dakotaduner
26-Aug-20
Congratulations. they are a beautiful animal.

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