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Old 09-16-2020, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Big game reports are slow this year in this forum. Here is my report to help get things rolling. I bought a conservation utah pronghorn tag at a earlier this year. I went down scouting several times and would be lucky to see 10 antelope in an entire day of scouting covering several hundred miles. I had only 3 shooter bucks located. I went through the videos of the bucks I had taken over the past couple weeks and decided to start in an area which I thought held the best buck. We arrived at an overlook and glassed the flat where I had last seen my best buck and was only able to locate 1 doe. We drove down to her and she took off and ran for like 3 miles until we couldn't see her anymore. I then noticed a nice buck, not the one that was 1st on my list, but still a nice buck that had huge prongs and I think was a shooter. I watched waited for a chance to get a shot on him as the buck bred a doe and kept chasing a smaller buck and pushing further and further away, finally after about an hour the buck moved back towards me and the little buck was finally pushed away. The little buck walked 50 yards right in front of me, as he did, I noticed 5 more antelope coming in from the other direction. I glassed a saw a buck and soon as I saw the buck, I knew he was my #1 buck on the videos, but he was still out 1000 yards. I jumped in the truck and drove down a road to close into about 400 yards, as I did the little buck ran down in front of me right to the big buck which proceeded to chase the little buck 300 yards towards me. I jumped out and rested on a large boulder. They finally stopped running and I ranged him at 320 yards and I took the shot and missed. I think I had a little buck fever. The buck ran back down towards the does. I sat down on the ground and got a good sitting rest and ranged him at 250 put it on him and shot again and this time I heard the whap. Got a great hit and the buck ran 20 yards and died right next to the road. I have taken 2 nice bucks in WY and this utah buck is my best buck to date. Thought he would push 80 in the video. He has just over 15" horns 6.5" bases, and without the broken prong and tip would have scored 80" gross. Best part of the hunt is I was able to do with my dad who is getting up there in years.




We finished up at about 10:00am and my dad suggested we do a little fishing. We ran up the mountain stopped by a little beaver pond and was able to take a several nice brookies before heading home. My dad was climbing over downed logs like he was 35 year old again. He just keeps going and nothing is too nasty if there are good fish there.



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Old 09-16-2020, 08:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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nice! Good job!

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Great job - thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-16-2020, 11:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Great buck. Congrats on you hunt!
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Great report.

It's amazing how good hunting and fishing will rejuvenate the older folks. My dad was the same way when the deer season rolled around during his final years.
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Old 09-17-2020, 08:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Adventures like this with ones you love are hard to beat. Thanks for sharing!
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Well now I'm even more excited. I've got ML Pronghorn tag in the Southwest Desert opening next week and now I'm having an even harder time focusing on work. That goat is beautiful, Congrats!
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Beautiful buck and fish! Enjoy the time with your father, it's never any better than being with "dad" in my opinion.
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Thanks for the report! Good looking buck and fish!
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