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MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn
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DallanC
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

While the masses were distracted with the opening of Deer season, we took a ride up to try and fill my 13 year olds Pronghorn tag. We saw over 800 pronghorn and while there were a few nice ones, they were pretty skittish. We kept looking and right at dusk stumbled into a pair of really nice bucks.

I told my boy to get down and get ready, the "big one" is on the left. They fed straight towards us at 175 yards not offering a shot, the smaller buck kept crossing in front of the larger one. Eventually with maybe 10 minutes of shooting light left, the smaller buck moved out from blocking a shot at the larger buck. When he was clear I told my boy "shoot Him!" as I watched through my binoculars.

*BOOM* went his rifle and the smaller buck tipped over. He somehow got them mixed up and shot the "one on the left" which I originally told him to shoot at (the big buck was in the center at this point). He was pretty disappointed but I told him don't worry, they were both really great bucks, and either were bigger than anything else we'd seen that day.

We grabbed our gear and headed over to the downed buck and as we got close, I could see he was very nice. I later taped him at 15" length which is actually bigger than any pronghorn I or my wife has killed. Pretty impressive buck, great mass and big "flags". My boy was pretty thrilled. Sadly he hit it right through the neck, destroying the cape, but we'll still get a European mount done. He can always get a cape later and get a full mount if he wants.

I downplayed letting the larger one get away... but I'll admit I've have loved to have seen it up close as that thing must have been over 16", a true monster for the region. But yet again, a fun trip out and more memories made. This was the final tag of the year left to fill and we are all blessed by the experiences.




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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Her mate, you guys have had an awesome year hunting...one to remember for a long time. That is a great pic, give your boy a huge pat on the back and a well done from me mate...you have taught him well.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Heh well the bullet hit on the wrong side of the shoulder but as there was no trailing job, I'm ok with it. Lets chalk it up to buck fever Very Happy


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:12 pm    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Haha Haha

It happens, I've seen experienced adults overcome by buck fever mate.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:17 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

great stuff, you let young fella know ol Elvis missed a red deer TWICE at 40 yards the other day Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
he is doing just great we are all proud of him Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:44 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Congrats Dallan and son... Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:40 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Tell us Mr Dallan...Who's having the most fun? You or the son?

Good job!!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Good job !!!

I'm assuming 7mm08 Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:49 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Well done!!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Looks huge to me! Very nice, and I can see from the photo someone else is dang proud too.



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

woohoo!!

You guys are on the roll..

Excellent job!!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:58 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Ok, Dallan, stop with all the family successes!! Are you out of tags yet? I will never catch up with you and your team! Congrats.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:24 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

One will always recognize a great boss by the knowledge and the quality of his assistants...

SJ, you still have to pull the trigger yourself? Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Awesome! Good for him. He's made a lifetime of hunting memories in a single year! And a chunk of that credit goes to his dad, whos willing to put in the time to get him in the field and on an animal.

That brings up a question?

Do you adopt? There is a gentlemen I know, very well mannered, house broken, doesn't talk back (much), cleans up after himself (mostly) in his late 30's that is looking for a good home. Think about it and let me know...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Re: MY 13 year olds first Buck Pronghorn Reply with quote

Yup...That'll work...

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