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Long Range Hunter
09-05-2011, 10:58 PM
Just moved to Nebraska and figured out I can hunt Antelope, which I am very excited to do!!! :) I have a few questions for those who have hunted in Nebraska for antelope and wondered where they went, how they hunted, and do they have any suggestions.

I am looking to start hunting them next year as this year is too busy just after the move. I am looking to try and get a muzzleloader tag to start with then work my way to archery. I figured the first year I will try muzzleloader cause I can extend my range to 250 yards or so which will give me a better chance of harvesting one. Along with learning the terrain and pattern of the antelope.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to learning a lot on this site. I am a new member and hope to learn all there is to learn about hunting the Eastman's way.

Long Range Hunter

Elkoholic307
09-06-2011, 01:34 PM
First of all, I know nothing about Nebraska antelope.

My only advice for you is to change your name before you get banned.

Booner
09-06-2011, 05:47 PM
Unless you are a land owner you will probably have to send in for two years to get preference points, sometimes you will draw with just one point but usually takes two, and you should draw on the 3rd year, same with rifle. You can buy archery tags over the counter or off the internet from the game and parks and can hunt with a bow every year. You can hunt statewide with a bow tag also.
I guess some advice would be to have a good pair of binos and a good spotting scope, and lots of patience. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes not so much. Muzzleloader is good time to go because it's the middle of sep. so they are usually rutting pretty hard then. Tags aren't that much so I guess if you are waiting on your muzzleloader tag, you could get a bow tag and go find some ground and stomp around next couple years getting a feel for the country and how the goats act.

dcestnik
09-06-2011, 09:51 PM
Zero public land but nearly all land owners in the panhandle despise antelope. If you're personable, then find antelope and figure out who owns the land from the county.

Long Range Hunter
09-06-2011, 11:02 PM
Thanks guys for the replies, still learning Nebraska's seasons and laws so your informations helps a lot.

Long Range Hunter

Long Range Hunter
09-06-2011, 11:04 PM
First of all, I know nothing about Nebraska antelope.

My only advice for you is to change your name before you get banned.

Elkoholic, whats wrong with my screen name? I guess I don't feel it is offencive and it doesn't mean I shoot a long ways it means I have to travel a long ways to hunt. Either way never had this comment before on any of the forumns I am apart of and it really bothers me that I was talked to by a member on this forumn the way you did in two sentences. If I get banned from this site because of a screen name like the one I have I really hope that it isn't the Eastman's Way of doing things. I really enjoy their tv shows and learn a lot from them and if this is their way of treating people I have lost all respect for them.

I am hoping to learn a lot on this forumn and so far my first impressions of members on here isn't a good one.

Long Range Hunter

wyo9
09-06-2011, 11:52 PM
Elkoholic307, Well I know were from the same "basin", but my god did you have to come in on this guy like this?! thats what pisses me off about forums. I highly doubt the Eastmans boys are gonna banned mr.LRH. Get off your high horse! if your gonna be an ass go do it somewhere else...this is not the place.
Sorry if i jumped down your throat for the wrong reason but, i just relized one of your intrests are Long Range Hunting? Maybe i took your comment out of text and sorry if i did. (EDIT)
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Elkoholic307
09-07-2011, 08:29 AM
If I get banned from this site because of a screen name like the one I have I really hope that it isn't the Eastman's Way of doing things. I really enjoy their tv shows and learn a lot from them and if this is their way of treating people I have lost all respect for them.

It is their way of doing things. My buddy posted a pic and story of his 1,000 yard antelope kill and was attacked and banned. Pretty crappy. I just wanted to give you a heads up that long range hunting is not welcome here.

Elkoholic307
09-07-2011, 08:34 AM
Maybe i took your comment out of text and sorry if i did.

Bingo. Apology accepted.

My first post was a joke. I'm all about LRH, but nobody else on this forum is.

Nebraska Outlander
09-07-2011, 08:52 AM
Bingo. Apology accepted.

My first post was a joke. I'm all about LRH, but nobody else on this forum is.

I ended up changing my profile name anyways to keep from having any problems. So my new screen name is Nebraska Outlander (aka Long Range Hunter) either way I would like to apologize for over reacting also. I have been on other sites where people are looked down on for long range shooting. I understand their are people who have know idea on how to shoot long ranges along with their are people who understand how to shoot longer ranges.

I would like to state that a responsible hunter takes the time to understand their prey and understand their equipment making them a responsible hunter. I would like to state that I feel I am a responsible hunter and that unless I completely know my equipment and its full potential I will not take any unethical shot. This is why I read a lot and ask questions a lot on many different forums a long with spending a lot of time in the field and at the range.

Either way I do look forward to learning a lot and maybe helping anyone along the way.

Look forward to chatting with all of you.

Nebraska Outlander

Drhorsepower
09-07-2011, 08:58 AM
Bingo. Apology accepted.

My first post was a joke. I'm all about LRH, but nobody else on this forum is.

I'm all for it. :) that is why I dont post here anymore. I wouldnt even be a member here anymore except there is SO much good info on here. It hurts me that sportsman can bicker about ways of taking game, we have bigger fish to fry.

wyo9
09-07-2011, 01:43 PM
Well your not the only one who is interested in LRH. I recently won a Christensen Arms 300 RUM so i guess i am a LRHunter now.. :p

Drhorsepower
09-07-2011, 02:34 PM
Well your not the only one who is interested in LRH. I recently won a Christensen Arms 300 RUM so i guess i am a LRHunter now.. :p

Lucky! I think I speak for everybody in saying jealousy is an understatement.

Elkoholic307
09-08-2011, 09:40 AM
A huge understatement! Holy smokers, that's pretty awesome. Let us know how it shoots!

Elkoholic307
09-08-2011, 09:43 AM
I'm all for it. :) that is why I dont post here anymore. I wouldnt even be a member here anymore except there is SO much good info on here.

By the way, it's nice to see someone with an open mind on here. The only reasons I still come here is to talk gear and hunt areas.

Drhorsepower
09-08-2011, 10:53 AM
By the way, it's nice to see someone with an open mind on here. The only reasons I still come here is to talk gear and hunt areas.

Same here. I want good reviews gear and I want to know about hunt areas IF I ever draw a tag!

NECoyoteHunter
09-08-2011, 09:50 PM
Nebraska Outlander - it took 3 preference points to draw this year. I just got back from a Labor Day Weekend scouting trip for my son and cousin's rifle hunt in October. Since I didn't draw a rifle tag, I got an over the counter antelope tag and took my bow along on the trip. Here is my story. . . . .

Drove out west to within 20 miles of Wyoming last Friday evening. The main intention was to scout new private land for BadShootinGriz (Luke) and my son, Kyle, for rifle season. I figured I’d just as well drag the bow along and buy a bow permit. Scouted on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Saw a number of bucks, most all by themselves. Did find a few bucks with a bunch of does. These must have been the Alpha bucks. We spied the largest buck of the trip with 17 does on Saturday in a pasture that looked so flat you could bowl on. On Sunday, he was in the same pasture with 20 does. On Monday, there were 26 does and no buck.?.?. After some glassing, we spotted him returning from quite a ways off. . . perhaps returning from running another buck off. Shortly, we spotted another decent buck about a mile away in a different direction. The Alpha buck spotted him at about the same time. Again, off he goes to run him out of the country. This sparked an idea. . . if I could get between him and his harem, perhaps I could pull my Montana Decoy (See here for what it looks like => Montana Decoy (http://www.montanadecoy.com/mcpherson2/AntelopeBuck/go) ) out of the plastic wrapper and see if it works like it says it does. Luke would keep watch from the top of a hill and we would communicate via radios. When he disappeared in a valley, I slid down the hill into a slight depression. I didn’t get 200 yards and Luke tells me he is returning. I pick him up and watch him make his way back to his harem. I’m part-way out in the pasture, so I lay flat to watch his next move. Shortly, they all start bedding down. When they do this, I cannot see them. So, I decide to start crawling towards them. Keep in mind that antelope survive due to the eyesight that is equivalent to 8-power binoculars. I need to stay out of sight of 27 antelope on a flat pasture. Initially, I cover the first hundred yards at a hunched-over crawl. I see the ears of does, so now the next hundred yards is on hands and knees. Again, I spot the ears of does, so now I am flat on my belly with 500-600 yards to go. It’s left elbow forward, right elbow forward, pull the bow, pull the decoy, repeat. 2 hours into the sneak and I can go no further as I can again see the tops of the does ears. From where Luke is at, he cannot see the buck and I cannot either. But we figure he has to be in with the does, I just can't see him. I sure as heck can’t raise my head off the ground, or all this punishment would have been for naught. I figured I am 200 yards from the furthest doe, so the buck is something closer than that.

Laying on my stomach, I position my bow and knock an arrow. I move the buck decoy in front of me and prepare to flip it up. My plan is to quickly stick the decoy in the ground in front of me and come to my knees behind it where I can draw my bow. I know that if it works as expected, the buck will always come in from my right to my left (per the book Trophy Antelope Hunting by Mike Eastman – an excellent read that I HIGHLY recommend). Mike says this is a given when coming in to a decoy; and it works well for a right-handed archer.

Up goes my decoy and I come to my knees for the first time in almost 2 hours and start to push the rods into the ground to hold the decoy up. Immediately, Luke is on the radio telling me that the buck has jumped up and is charging towards me! (Editorial note: Luke says that when I flipped the decoy up, the does that first saw it about got whiplash from turning their heads so quickly to look at it. Once they did that, the buck immediately jumped up and as soon as he saw the decoy, he took off straight for it.) I peek under the belly of the decoy and ‘Holy Cow! He is right!’. I let go of the decoy to grab my bow and the decoy falls onto my head. I use the top of my bow to hold it up. Luke is now telling me that he is broadside. . . . just what I want. I peek under the chin of the decoy and he is still 85 yards out. . . too far. Off he comes again, so I get ready for him to show up on my left side. Mike Eastman says that when the buck sees the hunter behind the decoy, the hunter will have 2 to 3 seconds to shoot before he figures out what is happening. Next thing I know Luke is telling me he is coming to my right. This can’t be true! The books says so! I peek under his chin and he is 30 yards from me on my right. I’m pointed left. It’s now or never. I draw back my bow and have to raise it up and over the head of my decoy. In the process, my decoy falls over as it was never stuck in the ground very well. I shift my body and reposition my knees to shoot to my right. He immediately bolts from all of this commotion and takes off. But I see the familiar lope that I have seen in lots of coyotes over the years and I know that he is unsure of what he just saw and he is going to stop and take one more look. I get on him and follow him already guessing 75 yards as to where he will stop. He stops and looks back and I quickly change my estimate to 60 yards. I place the 60-yard pin behind his shoulder and touch my release.

This next part I can still vividly see in slow motion. I only pull back 58 pounds, so my arrows have a lot of arch in relation to other folks who pull a heavier weight. When I released my arrow, I immediately thought, ‘Oh man, I way overshot him.’ I watched that arrow arch way high in the air and then curve and start to drop towards the earth. I followed it all the way to its mark! Hours and hours and hours of practice this summer for this one shot! And it couldn’t have hit him more exact where I wanted it! He spun and just went screaming back to where the 26 does stood. If you have never seen how fast an antelope can run, I can’t explain it. You just have to experience it to appreciate it. He covered the 150 yards in probably no more than 5-6 seconds. And as soon as he reached them, he flipped head over heels and it was over.

I have had a LOT of great hunts with a lot of great species over the years and this spot and stalk of 27 antelope tops them all! When I am old and sitting in an easy chair and can no longer hunt, this will be one of the first hunts I always reminisce.

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Nebraska Outlander
09-08-2011, 10:51 PM
That is awesome and I want to congradulate you on a fine trophy!!! That is an awesome story and I look forward to doing that next year!!! Thanks for the story it really gets me pumped!!!

Nebraska Outlander

Drhorsepower
09-09-2011, 12:11 AM
Great story and great trophy!

bowhuntress
09-09-2011, 07:49 AM
What an exciting story! Stalking up on antelope is a tuff thing! How awesome to be able to decoy it in too! Congrats! :)

Doe Nob
09-09-2011, 03:34 PM
Awesome hunt, decoying antelope when it works is one of the most exciting things around.

NECoyoteHunter
09-09-2011, 07:10 PM
Thanks, everyone! It'll be a long time before I forget that hunt!

sjsmallfield
09-09-2011, 07:51 PM
Congrats on the buck and a great story as well!!!