Do you want to learn how to hunt antelope? The pronghorn antelope is an animal which lives in the wide open spaces of the American West. Hunting them takes a few specialized skills, some good equipment, and some preplanning. But the dedicated hunter will find it worth his while, if for no other reason than the enjoyment of trying to take an animal which can see extremely well for long distances on wide open terrain. Getting close enough is half the battle.
The equipment the antelope hunter needs will include:
- Long range rifle
- Rifle scope
- Quality binoculars
- Reliable transportation
- Comfortable clothing
- Water storage device
This is a beginning list of needed items, the rest of the list the hunter will fill while planning the hunt. A lot will depend upon when, where, how, the hunter will be hunting.
The process for the hunter to get ready to hunt antelope may be as follows:
- Study your prey. The antelope is an animal which takes a special set of skills to hunt. The terrain it lives in will dictate a lot of your hunting strategy. The more you learn about the antelope, the better your hunt will be.
- Study the area you plan to hunt. Use all available sources and study the area you plan to hunt. The antelope lives in wide open spaces, so it will be good to find out where water is located, where the food is located, the weather patterns, everything you can about the area. Guides may or may not be required to hunt a given area. Find out and make hunting plans early to get a good guide. Get references if using a guide.
- Pick a rifle. Hunting antelope on the plains requires a long range flat shooting rifle. Caliber options are varied as long as it is capable of long range very accurate shooting. You may be packing it a long way so weight might be a consideration also. It should definitely have a good quality scope mounted. Shots will be longer than the average eye is capable of with iron sights.
- Pick quality optics. A lot of time will be spent using optics, both in the form of a scope and in binoculars. You will spend probably the majority of your hunting time looking though them so do not skimp here. Buy good quality and your eyes will thank you in the long run.
- Practice, practice, practice. Spend a lot of time practicing with your rifle. Shoot until you are sure you can hit your target at long distance every time, your prey deserves the respect of a clean kill. Take the time to try different loads in the rifle to find the most accurate one out of your particular rifle, every rifle will shoot something different best. You will also want to spend a lot of time practicing with your binoculars. Sometimes all that will be visible will be the smallest part of an ear or tail twitching as the antelope lays in a ditch at great distance. You will want to practice recognizing objects which may seem all but invisible to the untrained eye.
- Investigate area and buy licenses. You may need to put in for advance drawings or simply buy a license. Part of your planning should be to find this out and get it set up long in advance of the trip. You will also need to find out before hand if there are special requirements like hunters safety classes or special firearms requirements.
- Enjoy your hunt. You have put your homework in. You have practiced with your weapon and optics until you can see and shoot the hair off a gnats bottom at 400 yards. You deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labors. Hopefully, you have taken a good friend to share the experience with. Nothing quite so nice as shared friendship around a night time fire in hunting camp.
Hope you enjoy your hunting and fill your tag!