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Just Average Nevada Antelope

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by luv2safari, Aug 26, 2013.

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  1. luv2safari

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    Hunting is tough this year. The numbers in NV are down from the prolonged drought, and the Feds have designated large areas where I hunt as "wilderness study areas". They blocked off a road I had used to get into my hunting spot since I was 12...54 years of hunting that spot. I had a 4-5 mile walk from an atv trail I found. There were FEW antelope! There were none in the more accessible areas, where I always saw decent numbers. It wasn't unusual to see many small herds. I saw only two this time.

    Since I have a couple of wall-hangers already I wanted one for the freezer. This very average one was the fattest antelope I've ever taken. I cut the head off at the base and took the bottom jaw off to lighten it, and I cut off the shoulder that was gelatin after a hit from the 257 Weatherby, cut off the ribs and shanks, then packed out the rest the 4-5 miles back to the end of the trail.

    He'd better be a good eats! :D

    I also figured out the REAL reason the herd is so far down...SHARD ROCKS!!
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  2. oneounceload

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    What area was that in? I have hunted in Northern Washoe for them in the past...........
     
  3. luv2safari

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    011, north of Massacre Lake...
     
  4. witchhunter

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    I just got back from area 015 and noticed the same thing. Fewer antelope, wildlife study areas that had cattle grazing in them. I lived in Nevada for many years, 015 burned up last year, chukar pop way down. I used my .257 WM also...
     
  5. MCgunner

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    Looks like a nice one to me! I never hunted pronghorns, but it's something I'd love to do. Texas has had its herd decimated by disease, was reading something about it on the Texas Parks and Wildlife hunter regulations pamphlet last year. They spoke of the herd out around Marathon, not sure about the pan handle. Hunting's probably better on private ranches out around Lincoln, New Mexico, anyway. Riding through there, you can see herds everywhere. If I ever hit the lotto or something...(standard response when one is on a tight budget, I guess) ... it's on my bucket list.
     
  6. Geno
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    Nice write-up, thanks for the photos also. That .257 Wea Mag sure does the job, doesn't it?! I used the 100 grain spire points in mine. Never had to shoot twice. 8^)

    Geno
     
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