Pronghorn Hunt in WY


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I remember the good ole days when RT members went to Steve's place in WY to hunt Antelope. Tags were OTC as I recall and I always wanted to 'tag" along with them but work and financial difficulties prevented it. Well, I decided to finally give antelope a try this fall. Our own Tim Andrus recommended I book with Diamond Ranch in unit 46 so that is what I did. Tim hooked me up with Wildwood Outfitters a few years ago where I harvested a big black bear so there was no hesitation. You may also recall Tim's pronghorn taken from unit 46 a couple years ago.

This year unit 46 has a lottery system in place. It's pretty complicated and to be honest I don't quite understand the process. However, I do know that yesterday the website indicated I was successful drawing my antelope tag for unit 46. I notified the outfitter and was informed NO other hunters that had booked with him were successful (including Tim) ☹️  Anyway, I was allowed to change my September dates to any dates in the season. I'll be taking my new crossbow out for some ground blind over water hole hunting on August 15th-17th. Now I need to do some research to better field judge a trophy caliber pronghorn.

I did look up the Draw results online and it indicated my unit had a quota of 2 with 84 applications submitted. All my friends have encouraged me to buy a lottery ticket. 

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Congratulations on drawing the tag.  From my experience, hunting over water in mid August is an extremely hot endeavor.  Assuming Wyoming is the same as eastern Montana, make sure to have plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated.  As for judging horn size, how much they hook in can make length hard to determine but prong length and overall mass can be easily assessed.  You'll know a big one when you see it.  Best of luck for a successful hunt.

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Thanks everyone. The outfitter has a family obligation on the 15th-16th. Looks like I'll be adjusting the dates a bit. I know it will be hot, other than bringing a cooler full of ice and a battery operated fan, I'm not sure what else to do about it.  I certainly could go later and use the rifle, but I'm thinking if I do not connect with the crossbow the outfitter might possibly let me come back during rifle season.

 

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