How to Sneak Up on a Pronghorn

Four Tips for Sneaking Up on a Pronghorn. The pronghorn, with its large eyes (think of a 1,000X scope, a guide once told me) and fleet feet, is uniquely equipped to evade predators. Most of these attempts, though, are desperate Hail Marys. The better way is to stalk close enough for the more makeable 150-yard shot. You don’t need a lot of gun—in this case, think .25/06, .243, or .270. Start by driving off the main road. (Some states allow you to shoot from a stationary truck, as long as the tires are off pavement and feet are on the ground.) On the Border Find a fenceline. A skylined hunter at this point in the stalk will have the herd running at warp speed. Back off and start moving parallel to them, using the terrain as a screen and the fenceline as a funnel.

The pronghorn, with its large eyes (think of a 1,000X scope, a guide once told me) and fleet feet, is uniquely equipped to evade predators. As a result, many hunters think success depends on the ability to make 300- to 400-yard shots. Most of these attempts, though, are desperate Hail Marys. The better way is to stalk close enough for the more makeable 150-yard shot. You don’t need a lot of gun—in this case, think .25/06, .243, or .270.

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How to get within 150 yards of an antelope

A pronghorn’s range is filled with nooks and crannies (ravines, dry washes, arroyos) that let you get close without being seen. Start by driving off the main road. The more hills you can put between you and the road, the better. (Some states allow you to shoot from…

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