- Dec 5, 2011
good luck,and enjoy
Wish you all the best enjoy and be safe God blessNot on here as much as I use to be but heading out this Thursday to unit 38 just south of Vaughn, New Mexico to hunt antelope for a few days. It’s the first time for me hunting speed goats and never been to New Mexico.
My hunt is booked with Kiowa Hunting Service and on a private ranch known for trophy pronghorn. I’ll be hunting their first 3 day rifle antelope season beginning 13th and ending on the 15th. Already have my license, tag and most my crap packed ready to go. Figuring on two days drive to get there and two days drive back which hopefully will allow us to enjoy the trip and not push us too hard to get there or back.
I’m packing my Winchester model 70 in 30-06 on this hunt. Which I went back & forth on what rifle & caliber to take but just kept going back to the one I’m most comfortable and confident with. I’ve done quite a bit of shooting in preparation and good to about 300 yds.
Hopefully I can post a pic behind a good antelope buck soon but if I come home empty handed that’s ok too. Be a new experience and just going to enjoy the trip & hunt.
Yukon OK is my stopping point heading to NM. 10-11 hrs from marshall Co. Then 6-7 hrs the second day. Get there mid day or so. Time to get settled in and shoot the Winchester. Time changes when you cross into NM. You may see some pronghorn between Amarillo and the border. You'll see a wind turbine or two also.
I think pronghorn are really hard to score. Mass really matters. A mid 70s buck is a pretty good buck.Our halfway point for tomorrow is Oklahoma City…. so we’re pretty close to yours with Yucon. Which pending how tired of driving we are….we might try to get to the other side of Oklahoma City a ways to save a little travel time to Vaughn.
I’m going with a guy whose hunted mule deer and antelope a couple times with this outfitter. Antelope at Vaughn and mule deer in Mexico… so at least one of us is familiar with the route and expectations of the hunt.
Right now I’m on a learning curve…. being I think I know what a good antelope looks like but until I start glassing and judging them on the hoof … don’t really know what to expect. But being my first trip hunting them…. I’m not necessarily after a booner pronghorn. If the guide tells me it’s one we need put a stalk on…. I’m ready to go.