dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/02/20 06:59 PM
We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Went to Wyoming on an antelope hunt this last week with my son Brad. We only had three days to hunt and only on limited public land in this unit. We found goats but very few on public land as most had been been pushed off onto private. seems uncanny how they know property boundaries.
anyway, we found a water tank on private property that was about 127 yards from our public hunting. we were able to cross flat ground to a deep cut/ravine that was anywhere from 7-15 feet deep. this was perfect for moving across about 1/4 mile of open country to get close to the tank. Antelope were there when we crested the ridge of the ravine. a really good buck was pushing does around at the tank. OnX maps showed no go by 127 yards. Brad said we have to wait for him to come this way before shooting him. No Go on that as he had a couple teenagers (year and a half old bucks) come too close. he ran them off and then took his does south way out of hope of getting a shot unless he ran back our way. we watched for about 30 minutes and it didnt look like anything was going to test the big buck.
I turned and looked east and a buck and doe was standing 50 yards away looking at the two idiots with handguns perched on the side of the ravine. These two were almost down wind and with the ravine going towards them it looked like the gig was soon to be up. I told Brad there was two goats staring at us. His reply was "Danger Close"?
"Yep" and we were froze for about 30 seconds till the doe decided to get gone into the ravine after getting our wind. when they broke I asked Brad if he was interested in shooting the smaller buck. "Nope, you take him if you want him".
I turned over prone and grabbed the grip of the 7-08 striker and turned it northwest just as the two goats appeared. The doe stopped and then started walking again. this caused the buck to slow and I was already tracking his slow walk when he stopped at 74 yards. I broke the trigger and saw that the buck reacted to the hit. it was 5" behind the shoulder and 2" high of the white side patch. Brad saw his off side when he took off and said he is pouring blood from an exit hole. The buck went about 40 yards and piled up. One down one to Go.
There were still antelope coming towards the water hole and we thought the approaching teenagers would cause the big boy to come chase them off. we decided to give it 15 minutes too see what was going to happen and then get my buck down into the ravine so I could start deboning it while Brad kept hunting.
the teenagers didn't get a response except to move his does further south.
Out of the ravine, grabbed my buck and drug him to the ravine. we got back into our perch to start glassing again to check 360 for any more approaching Goats.

NOPE the ajoining land rancher drives out of his property and right up to us on BLM land gets out with a Kimber Ultra Pro Carry in an appendix holster and asked us where we shot the antelope at. We explained that we used OnX maps and he said he does to and the property line is the fence. he said he watched us drag the antelope to the ravine, which meant he knew we were not on his land. GRRRR! We used all of our charm to keep from getting on the wrong side of the locals even though he was ruining our hunt by the second. Then his Dad shows up coming across the BLM from the other direction in a Polaris Ranger clearing the small block of public hunting of any antelope left. The questions started again, I told his Dad that we could follow the blood back to where the buck dropped if he wanted and pointed to a two inch wide blood smear on the ground. Finally I told them that we passed up the bigger buck at 200 yards because we knew he was on private land and that we were not going to shoot anything on private land without permission.
They seemed to relax but told us that the cattle on the BLM wasn't suppose to be there and they were probably going to move them out of there. that pretty much told us our hunt was over for the day, and the field was barren of goats anyway.
They left and we commence to get some field photos and reduced the Antelope to game bags.
A Quick recon that afternoon before dark showed goats back on public hunting and cows still grazing there. Yep could use the same excuse tomorrow.
We were determined to try it again in the morning with a O'dark thirty walk in to get to the hide before legal light and let them wake up with us already there. I don't know any ranchers that intentionally move cattle in the dark so We figured we were good to go for at least the first couple hours of light.

Day three found us set up by 6am and as the sun came up antelope started moving. the water tank was not active but goats were starting to feed towards it. About 8 o'clock I went to check a low area to our south moving about 40 yards east in the ravine then coming up to the crest. Yep a doe and two bucks were around 300 yards and feeding towards us. I caught Brads attention and motioned for him to come to me quickly. He grabbed his contender and soon we were prepping for a shot on the feeding antelope. Brad is shooting a 7-30 waters with Hornady ammo. this load runs a 120 grain bullet at 2450fps. he told me he didn't want to shoot over 200 yards if he didn't have to. The antelope made the decision for him. The doe started to move fairly quickly towards us, with it being the rut the bucks followed.
she got our wind and she turned north to our left and I got a range call for Brad at 97 yards on the doe when she stopped briefly then took off again. the buck stopped and then started again slightly quartering towards us and at 104 yards he stopped again and Brad shot. The Buck dropped in his tracks. The big cloud of dust made Brad think that he shot the top of the ravine and I told him the buck was down. A short walk to the buck showed that his shot went in high lung and out high liver just under the inside tenderloins. No meat ruined and a second filled tag! Hero photos done, we reduced him to game bags and walked 3/4 mile back to the truck.
even though we only had a short time to hunt, we had some great bonding time and we filled some tags to boot.
This was one of those hunts where we didn't plan on using rifles as a backup on the last day, just stick it out with the handguns or bust.
We didn't bust.
I am going to try to post pics if I can figure it out again.


Buckshotharris
(newbie)
10/02/20 07:28 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Congrats! Great shooting and Great memories.

Ernie
(Distinguished Master)
10/02/20 07:54 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

What story.
Glad you both got it done!


REDHAWK1954
(Pooh-Bah)
10/02/20 08:39 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Congrats

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/02/20 08:45 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

thanks guys

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/02/20 08:54 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

posted photos on the bragging board, but dont know how to move them to the thread

Chance WeldonAdministrator
(Distinguished Expert)
10/02/20 10:40 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming





Ask and ye shall receive. \:\)


dhom
(addict)
10/03/20 07:36 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

very nice. Good shooting.

RBO21
(member)
10/03/20 08:08 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Congrats!

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/03/20 09:14 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

thanks for putting them in the post Chance!

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/03/20 09:28 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

this area was definitely a non trophy zone. tons of tags and very little public land. we saw a couple of good bucks however on a two day scout in early august and during our trip. we only saw one buck that would have been 15".We knew it was going to be a low probability hunt so we were happy to just fill tags with the handguns. sometimes you just have to make lemonade.

Memtb460
(journeyman)
10/03/20 10:11 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Congrats on your successes! And, sorry about the issues with land owners. This is becoming increasingly problematic. Many land owners have had problems with hunters trespassing, leaving gates open, cutting fences, ect....so the owners get an attitude. Many fences are not placed on property boundaries.....generally favor of the land owners. And last but certainly not least.....many of the ranches are now owned by out of staters, that are either anti-hunters or lease to outfitters. Either way, they do not want hunters on their properties or even near their properties.....and will use intimidation to keep hunters away! memtb

Brenden
(addict)
10/03/20 11:17 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

You made the best of a less than ideal situation. Congratulations on two fine animals.

Russell
(Pooh-Bah)
10/03/20 12:06 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Congratulations!

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/03/20 09:22 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

very happy to have them. I am sure things could have been alot worse. I told Brad that we were going to be Nice. it worked and no bad things happened between us. All Good!

Okie Hunter
(old hand)
10/03/20 09:59 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Congrats.

racksmasher1
(veteran)
10/04/20 05:26 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Well done!

REDHAWK1954
(Pooh-Bah)
10/04/20 08:36 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Congrats It does not cost anything to be nice.

jamesfromjersey
(Shootist)
10/04/20 02:09 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

my sincere congratulations on a good hunt.....


dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/04/20 08:53 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

thank you guys

reflex264
(Pooh-Bah)
10/05/20 09:35 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Awesome and great shooting!

thadf
(member)
10/10/20 10:15 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Great story, congrats to you both!

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/11/20 03:29 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

thanks

RH Custom Guns
(member)
10/16/20 11:53 AM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Just goes to show you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar! Good story and congratulations!

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
10/16/20 02:01 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

thank you Sir! doesn't cost anything to be nice.

Willicd76
(member)
11/01/20 10:54 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Good shooting as always Dave.

dave thomas
(enthusiast)
11/02/20 10:18 PM
Re: We shot two teenagers in Wyoming

Thanks Chuck!