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BOWHUNT: Antelope In Wyoming
At The Hornbuckle
Ranch near Douglas, Wyoming
In 1982 a group of us went
to the Hornbuckle Ranch to bowhunt antelope. We were one of the first groups
of bowhunters to hunt it. None of us had bowhunted them before and everyone
had a ball. I shot a big mature buck from a ground blind and a doe from
a treestand that I put up in the trees along the river that runs behind
the ranch's main headquarters. In those days the ranch had primative camping
and I'll never forget the morning that JimboTX, Donald Duck and Fred Lutger
and I woke up to 17-degrees and lots of snow. It was September and back
home in Texas it was still hitting near 100!
Kirk Hornbuckle liked the
bowhunters and purchased trailors from a pipeline company and the next
time we came we found a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining room, showers
and bathroom facilities for several, and rooms (beds, AC, heater, closet,
table) for everyone. I've got to tell ya we have had some excellent times
in that dining room, eating, going over the days events, and making new
Kirk's son Scot Hornbuckle
was a youngster when we came in the late 80's and 90's and he was really
interested in all the new people that came during antelope season. Scot
was a talker and we enjoyed his company. This year Scot is 22 and was the
hunt honcho, and a good one.
The antelope hunt at Hornbuckle
Ranch is on 40,000 acres of mile high prairie land. There's lots of prairie
grass and sage brush, and you can see a long way, just what antelope like.
Kirk has 17 blinds and keeps the groups small, around 6 or 8, so every
hunter has a choice of hunting areas. Most of the blinds are around water
sources, windmills, springs and small ponds.
This is a working sheep ranch
and it's prime antelope habitat. Getting drawn for non-residents has never
been a problem here in area 26 and over the counter tags are usually available.
Hornbuckle takes a limited number of Mule deer bowhunters and there is
a separate 100,000 acre wooded area where Elk hunts are available.
For information on hunts
on Hornbuckle Ranch: