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Ankeny
September 29, 1999, 09:46 PM
I am just about as giddy as a high school kid at the prom. I got my antelope last weekend and a deer with my bow. Yeah, I know this is a firearm forum. Anyway, both of the critters go Gold Medallion in SCI and both will make Pope and Young. Goodie, goodie…

I hope all of you have as great a season as I am…only have elk left then goose, partridge, ducks, pheasants…predators…who says Wyoming isn’t a hunter’s paradise?

Good luck guys and gals, oh goodie…monster buck…

Long Path
September 30, 1999, 12:53 AM
Rich, what's the emoticon to imply abject, jealous hatred? ;)

Mendocino
September 30, 1999, 08:58 AM
Congrats Ankeny!

My wife and I returned from Colorado last week where she shot her first Pronghorn (also her first mammal), and our Pointer found many sage grouse (first time on non-liberated game) and I shot a double :).

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Keith Rogan
September 30, 1999, 09:25 AM
To shoot an antelope with a bow (especially a good antelope) is quite an achievement! To shoot a P&Y deer as well is really something.



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Dr.Rob
September 30, 1999, 10:44 AM
As a long time "goat sniper" from Colorado.. wow I'm impressed. The BIG bucks are usually very difficult to get within RIFLE range on, much less BOW range. Cool.

You gonna mount it or show us a pic??


Dr.Rob

david_m_curry
September 30, 1999, 07:03 PM
You owe us a pic! Way to go! If you ever go into business as a guide, I want your number :)

david_m_curry
September 30, 1999, 07:03 PM
You owe us a pic! Way to go! If you ever go into business as a guide, I want your number :)

Art Eatman
October 1, 1999, 10:09 PM
Ahright! Way to go!

Let us know how it tastes. I shot a non-brag antelope a couple of years back. I was curious about the taste of the meat, so the first effort was with no spices whatsoever.

It was extremely tender, but rather bland. It wass fine when spiced up a bit, but there was no "this is antelope!" notable flavor inherent in the meat.

Again, I'm happy for you!

Art

Ankeny
October 3, 1999, 09:42 PM
Thanks guys. The film is still in the camera. I was alone so I put the camera on a rock and set the timer when I took the pronghorn. No camera when I got the deer, but the taxidermist took pictures of me holding the antlers after he caped the deer. I'll put them on-line in a week, but remember these are archery kills and not nearly as big as what rifle hunters commonly harvest.

Futo Inu
October 11, 1999, 05:29 PM
Ankeny, could you described the shots for us? Anything dramatic?

Ankeny
October 11, 1999, 08:01 PM
I have been elk hunting all weekend...got sore feet. Passed up a half dozen rag horns and a nice 5 point bull. I have until the end of the month so I am going to try to get one for the wall.

Futo Inu:

I spent countless hours in a blind hunting antelope. Had a very nice buck (15-16 inches around the low 80’s I would guess) come in for a drink. I took the shot at 8 yards and shot under him. When I released, it sounded like I slammed a screen door. The darn sight had vibrated loose and almost fell off the bow. Dumb but not spectacular. He got away clean.

I was headed home from elk hunting when I saw a decent antelope about 50 yards from a rock outcropping. Seeing a "goat" that close to cover is almost unheard of. The wind was blowing about 25 miles per hour. I crawled up to the backside of the rocks and peeked over. I could see only the tips of the buck's horns and I guessed the range at 50 yards. I sat there for about 90 minutes waiting for him to get up and another 15 minutes waiting for him to meander within bow range. He got to 35 yards then turned broadside and looked away. I got to my knees and got off a great shot…double lung. He expired quickly. Nothing dramatic but a real rush for an archery buff like me. The official SCI score is 77 and that is Gold Medal.

Taking the deer was just about as lucky. I was elk hunting when I realized I forgot my release. I use a Fletcher release with an Ultra-Nok II. Probably doesn’t mean much to you guys unless you are into archery. I carry a spare release, but since I was only a half-mile from the truck I headed back for my primary release. I heard an elk bugle so I took cover behind some rocks and cow called. I looked to my right and there was the buck deer standing about 15 yards away looking right at me. I knocked an arrow and realized my spare release was still in the pack. The bull elk bugled again and the deer turned to leave. I drew the bow back with bare fingers and took the shot. My goodness did that ever hurt. The tips of my fingers went numb. I made a good hit on the deer and found him near by. Never did see the elk. Again nothing spectacular but better than watching ESPN. The official score is only 176 5/8 but that is Gold with a bow and Silver with rifle. He will make a nice mount to go next to the antelope. My taxidermist is a very happy camper.

Long Path
October 11, 1999, 08:45 PM
Ankeny:

I'm ready for this year's season still-hunting-- I'm green.

BTW-- I'm very fond of those little disposable cameras that you can pick up for $8.00. They're light as the dickens, sealed in plastic, and you don't risk your own nice 35mm. They also don't take up much room in my fanny pack. I keep about 3 of 'em in my hunting kit, optimist that I am!