Montana Antelope Wrap-up
By Bruce Ryan
Sep 25, 2009 – 6:16:57 AM
Amazing Country, Lots of Speed Goats and a Great group of Hunters, all equals good times and a successful outing.
The Montana Antelope hunt sponsored by ATSKO, Grim Reaper Broadheads, Darton Archery, and Ryan Outdoors resulted in 6 antelope tagged, and several missed opportunities by everyone. I regret that our good friend Robert Hoague didn’t have more time to hunt. Robert arrived a day late to camp due to Airline delays, and spent the first few days playing catch-up. His extra effort resulted in great hunt coverage, on this website, but certainly limited his hunting time.
Guide Steve Bishop, Jay Liechty, Rich Cercone, Robert Hoague, Jason Allen, Collin Cottrell, Bruce Ryan, Mike Jordan, Gary Sefton, Glen Halter, and Justin Lowery.
The Outfitter, Trophies West provided a great camp setting, and 64,000 acres of prime Antelope habitat. The guides Steve Bishop and Collin Cottrell were very helpful and full of Antelope know how. I would not hesitate to refer them for anyone interested in a high percentage Antelope hunt in Montana. More info at www.trophieswest.com.
I enjoyed the spot and stalk opportunities that this ranch created. I felt my ASAT camo played an important role in getting so close to feeding, or bedded goats, and in the eventual 30 yard shot I ended getting to close the deal.
In order for my ASAT to work to perfection it is very important to me to keep my clothing U-V free, and Scent free when hunting any game animals. I use nothing but ATSKO Sports-Wash detergent, and N-O-Dor Scent Elimination spray.
Everyone in camp used Grim Reaper Broadheads, and once again the Watch em Drop slogan proved correct. As a group we recovered every animal shot, and the majority within 50-70 yards. In shooting on the open terrain , and dealing with the wind, the superior flight performance of the Grim Reapers was much appreciated.
For anyone planning this type of hunt, it is important to have the right equipment set-up, which may be a little different from your normal whitetail treestand set-up.
My Darton Archery 3500 and the superior speed it produced was a great flat shooter and proved very forgiving in the windy conditions we experienced. It’s a great light weight bow to carry around all day in open country, and just plain fun to shoot. I was shooting 62# at 28″ and was using Carbon Impact arrows with 125 gr. Grim Reaper RazorTips for total arrow of 365 grs.
I really enjoy the change of pace hunting that Antelope provide and can’t wait until next year to do it again. For a guy that spends so much time in dense forest , sitting in treestands , the wide open Antelope country feels as if you have just been let out of jail.
Give it a try and see if you don’t become a Speed Goat Junkie like me.
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