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Fish
10-29-2012, 10:41 AM
Here are some photo's of the buck I shot this year. I had scouted two full days before the season and did not see very many good goats. I all fairness I did not cover the whole area because of its size. I did see a very good goat on the opener evening but I'm not sure this one was the one I saw that evening. Must be getting old.
My original goal was to kill an 80in buck and better the 79 7/8 inch one I took last year. I got real lucky and drew a tag in the special draw with no points. I told myself that I needed to hold out and look really look hard for a buck like that.
Well all that went out the window on the second day. I let myself give in to height. I never shot an antelope over 14 1/2 in and at 278yd I knew this guy would go 15in I had hunted this group of antelope for over 3 hr in some open grass lands that I thought I'd never be able to get close to them in. When I did see this buck again, I did not have the time to put the spotting scope on him. So I shot him. I'm happy with him, 15 1/4in and my tallest buck of the 10 I've taken. He had decent mass, a bit over 6in on the first two measurements and he carries his mass well to the end. His prongs suck with the left one missing 1/2 an inch.
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I retrospect I did a lot of things wrong on this hunt, most of which was not following Mikes four 7s rule laid out in his book.
1. I needed to look at more bucks and cover more of the area before I shot.
2. Mass is every thing and a buck in the mid 14 inch range with great mass and prongs can break 80in
3. You need to look him over with your spotting scope before you shoot.
4. I had a week to hunt and I should have.
Oh well there's all ways next time.
The last photo was of the buck I shot last season. He scored 79 7/8in Great mass but a bit short at 13 7/8 inches. He is missing both his ivory tips or he would have scored a bit over 80.

Kevin Root
10-29-2012, 10:47 AM
Very nice Fish. Congratulations. That is a nice looking Antelope.

Musket Man
10-29-2012, 11:16 AM
Nice goat!! I got a nice 1 there early October!!!!

snowstorm
10-29-2012, 12:11 PM
Fish- you did GREAT and I am impressed with this buck. He will go upper 70s, correct?

dihardhunter
10-29-2012, 12:14 PM
Awesome buck! I would have been thrilled with that one as well.

sjsmallfield
10-29-2012, 01:07 PM
Hey fish. He's still a great lookin goat. I did the same thing in 2009. I went after a couple bucks early in the day that were pushing 80". After two blown stalks on great bucks I got over excited when I saw a 15" buck and shot without looking him over.(I never even let him turn his head) Mine didn't even make 70". I am still very proud of him but part of me still wishes I would have been a little more patient. Live and learn I guess.

Fish
10-29-2012, 05:05 PM
Musket Man,
i saw your post on your hunt. That's is a real nice antelope you killed. It looks like you killed him the first day you hunted.
I told you there were some nice bucks there.

Snowstorm,
He a good buck and I think he'll go 78 and change, but he's nothing compared to your CO monster. Thats a great buck for any ware you hunt antelope. Good job.

Muleys 24/7
10-29-2012, 09:08 PM
Nice buck! Lucky you to draw a tag with no points

Ikeepitcold
10-29-2012, 09:31 PM
Great buck! Learn from your hunt and the next time you will make that 80" mark.

ljmelea
10-30-2012, 08:57 AM
Nice buck,were you able to camp out in the unit?My wife and i have 3 points each and we plan to look for place to camp/hunt next year,thanks Larry

Fish
10-30-2012, 10:38 AM
Larry,

You can camp on BLM land. Thats what I did. Town was over 40 miles away and I didn't want to drive that distance each day there and back.

Ridgerunner
10-31-2012, 08:32 AM
Great looking buck.

HuntWYODon
11-01-2012, 10:19 AM
Dam nice buck ! Congrats !
Hey, I drew an area 125 deer tag with no points in regular draw. If I read it right , out of the 125 tags, 12 were no res. with 2 of them random draw.
I'm a random type guy I guess.

Roboz
11-01-2012, 10:57 AM
Great looking Buck!

Fish
11-01-2012, 02:05 PM
Looks like I'll be a random kind of guy to in the 2013 draw.

HuntWYODon
11-01-2012, 03:50 PM
Looks like I'll be a random kind of guy to in the 2013 draw.
I'll have 2 pts going in next year for lope . I burned them in 2010. My son and I both took bucks. Mine was an odd ball. His horns went straight up vertical. Was 14 1/2 in. and decent mass but his prongs were short and broken. I had one that was laid out flat/horizontal so I had to have Mr. Vertical. 444 yds. I think there's a picture of him on somewhere on the thread "Big Valley antelope" or something like that. The Ca. antelope buck I shot in Aug. had good mass and prongs but was only 13 1/2 tall. I had the cape from him on ice and to taxidermist within 21 hrs.. It had a diease in one ear, I forget what he called it. The tannery called him to tell him almost all the hair came off the ear. I was bummed. I wanted to mount him above my Ca. bighorn. Now, just on a placque...

snowstorm
11-02-2012, 11:49 AM
thx fish, let's just put it this way, a lot of luck was involved. If you do this often enough, once in a while you should get lucky. I'm 51 now...came to CO in 83. I hope no one has to wait as long as I did for some help from above.

mainman38
03-15-2014, 09:30 PM
was this goat taken in 83