WY 2012 Antelope
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.
Very nice Fish. Congratulations. That is a nice looking Antelope.
Nice goat!! I got a nice 1 there early October!!!!
Fish- you did GREAT and I am impressed with this buck. He will go upper 70s, correct?
Awesome buck! I would have been thrilled with that one as well.
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.
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.
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.
Nice buck! Lucky you to draw a tag with no points
Great buck! Learn from your hunt and the next time you will make that 80" mark.
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