We started our hunt on the morn of October 14th. I left Colorado around 5:00 o?clock am and arrived in Laramie, Wyoming around 7:00. We loaded my gear into Marty?s truck and set out for a new day?s adventure. We were heading towards Wyoming?s game unit 47 (well known for it?s high number of record book prong horned antelope). The drive only lasted 35 minutes?
Marty made the suggestion that I fill one of the two doe tags I had first. He felt it would help take the "wanna kill something"edge off. He was, of course, right. We spotted a group of does being tended by a few small bucks. We were able to close the distance between us and the herd to a mere 130 yards (no easy feat on flat terrain and in the view of multiple animals). With the video camera rolling, Marty tapped me on the leg. That was the signal between shooter and camera man. He was saying ?all is ready?take the shot?. The rifle belched and one of two does eternally napped on the ground.
The buck came much later in the day. We walked several miles and viewed many potential ?shooter bucks?. I was really trying to hold out for an exceptional buck. Of course, I was hunting with ?Old Reliable??my favorite Ruger M77 chambered for the flat shooting 7mm Remington mag.
My buck was finally located around 4 pm. Marty and I did what we could to eliminate the gap. (side note: with Marty standing about a foot taller than me, I again felt like that little dog. He would walk up to a hill and view over the top. I, on the other hand, bounced up and down??come on Spike, let me see, let me see!). We were forced to take a long shot. I guessed the range somewhere near 450 yards (it was beyond the capabilities of my Bushnell range finder). I held the crosshairs one foot above the goat?s back (I was sighted in to hit 2 inches high at one hundred yards). I squeezed the trigger and the gun roared. The buck humped! When the sound of the bullet, hitting the buck, found its way back to our ears, it definitely revealed that ?TWHACK? associated with a good hit! The buck ran 100 yards and bedded. Sadly, it was necessary to send two more shots. This goat did not want to give up the prairie?I couldn?t blame him.
With about an hour of daylight left, the three of us set out after Kelly?s speed goat. Boy, we saw a dandy! Kelly tried a very long shot and just missed. The goat high tailed it and we turned our attention back to some goats we had seen earlier.
Kelly made a beautiful stalk to within 300 yards of three grazing bucks. The shot he placed was first rate. The buck he selected never knew what hit him. It was a fine display of shooting and spot/stalk hunting! I wish we could have captured that one on video! It would have been priceless!
We retired for the day.
I shot my second doe early Sunday morning. She was taken with another nice 300+ yard shot (Guys, look at the photos. A lot of this land is as flat as a pancake. Getting close is a challenge, especially when there are 40 antelope watching you). On our way to the downed antelope, Marty and I gave the prairie dogs an ?it doesn?t pay to stop and look? lesson. Yep, ?Old Reliable? really doesn?t care what size you are!
Thank you Marty and Kelly for sharing your state with me!
Here are the photos. Enjoy!
Edited by iamyourhuckleberry, 17 October 2006 - 09:32 AM.