At the time of this writing Dave Brown and Fritz Hallberg are preparing to leave for their annual antelope hunt in Wyoming. These brave souls have invited me along. The plan is simple; drive to Wyoming, set up camp and spend a few days hunting speed goats. A friend of mine once said that antelope can graze at 20 miles per hour. He may have exaggerated a little but we get the idea. These animals are fast, they can graze at a fast walk, and by the way have a top speed of around 60 mph. These are small animals and because of being small, hunters tend to overestimate the range, hmmm… sounds more like hunting horned rabbits than hunting big game.
This being the first time I’ve hunted antelope, I thought it would be wise to read up a little on these critters - just wanted to make sure where they keep their hearts and lungs. After reading more than a few articles I found only three items that almost everyone who has hunted these animals seem to agree on:
• Don’t chase them,
• Bring knee pads and gloves, for sneaking on hands and knees though the rocks and cactus,
• Be very careful not to stick your face into a coiled rattle snake.
Okay, that seems simple enough; be very sneaky, use the range finder and if at all possible get them to come to you. What could possibly go wrong?
To everyone who is hunting this fall, be safe and good luck.
Snake River Sportsmen Inc.