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Old 10-11-2020, 08:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of the feedback!

He's only 12 and this is his first year hunting. We looked at a lot of the tags and most seem to take 8-10 before a "guarantee" so he is looking at buying the preference points until he is ready. If it takes 8 years, that's not a total wash.... He's also going to start buying points for some of the other tags, just so he has a chance before he's in his 60's.....

Utah uses bonus points for the LE pronghorn hunts and not preference points.

He would have a chance of drawing a tag the first year that he puts in, a very slim chance but a chance.

New Mexico is a straight draw, no points. You might draw a tag the first time and then again you might never draw a tag.

I have never ever even considered Texas since it is 90% privately owned and for trophy areas the property owners charge accordingly.
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Old 10-11-2020, 12:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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New Mexico is a straight draw, no points. You might draw a tag the first time and then again you might never draw a tag.
Living proof right here of never drawing (yet). I actually have a better chance pulling a San Rafael non-resy tag with bonus points than I do pulling a tag in my homestate.

However, as a non resident, put in for youth only hunts. Better odds.

Both my daughters have each drawn a youth tag.

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Old 10-11-2020, 01:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yeah, when they dropped the NR without a guide allocation to 6%, that pretty much took NM off the table. Not worth the hunting license you have to buy and then get fed the scraps.
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Old 10-11-2020, 01:33 PM   #14 (permalink)
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No scraps, just less an allocation than most states offer. The outfitter rule is a hot topic and destined for removal.
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I really dont know much about the pronghorn units but I always see big bucks on the north end of the southwest desert unit.
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:51 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You can still buy Wyoming preference points for 2020 until the first part of November & youth preference points are quite inexpensive... get on the Wyoming Game & Fish website and buy him a point for this year before the deadline.
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Old 10-13-2020, 06:07 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Default There are a few big ones still in Utah....

Utah still has B&C Bucks.....
This year my 13 year old Granddaughter's with 2 points,
Two years ago my Daughter with 5 points,
Still some dandy bucks out there....... Scored 82 + and 83 +
My granddaughter asked me why everybody was saying she shot a toad. ( a cute side note ) she thought it was a monster buck.
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Old 10-13-2020, 08:14 PM   #18 (permalink)
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No scraps, just less an allocation than most states offer. The outfitter rule is a hot topic and destined for removal.
Yes, correct...not scraps w/r/ the available tags. Scraps in that they give so few tags to do it yourselfers.

And yes - I hope the outfitter rule goes the way of the dodo!
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Old 10-14-2020, 11:05 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I don't know what your goal with your 12 year old is.

Here's an experience with my 15 year old son that I thought was pretty enlightening to me. My son drew a Nebraska Black Powder antelope this year. The unit is around my house so we had a lot of time to scout. We had found a couple of really good bucks and had a plan in place to get one.

I had a Nebraska elk tag so we didn't have a ton of time for a goat this year.

Opening morning came around and we drove around and looked for what we had found. We didn't find the two that we had found earlier in the morning. We did find another really nice buck that was on a place we could hunt and was within shooting range. But they're jumpy critters and my son couldn't get a shot (I would have been able to get a shot because of my experience). He didn't want to take a shot he wasn't comfortable with and the goat was walking and he couldn't stop shaking.

We came across another one that was in a better spot. We talked about it and I kind of tried to talking him into shooting the bigger one. But my son wanted to shoot one. So, he decided to shoot this one. It's not a big one and it's not a small one. But he was thrilled with it.

Most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a 70" and 80" goat. The bodies are all the same and the horns look pretty similar except for giants. The mass and cutters are really where you get the score. My rule of thumb is cutters above the ears, it's a shooter.

Moral is my son was thrilled with what he shot and was able to be successful. In fact, we hunted an hour an 4 minutes.
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:54 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Default Don't let 'em kid you about trophy pronghorn

So, don't let most of the responses to your question influence you about trophy pronghorn. They can and do exist and a percentage of tags is put only towards youth hunters, so don't just "buy points" apply to hunt. I did this with my one daughter who liked to hunt and she drew with two points. Most of the guys don't want your kid to apply or to even mention a unit since they don't want the competition of drawing a tag. BooHoo to them. I hope your kid draws a buck hunt!. Good units for pronghorn bucks are any of the BoxElder units (especially Snowville and West). Other good units are: Plateau, Parker Mountain and any of the three West Desert Units.
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