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The 2016 SD Pronghorn Antelope archery season has started out pretty tough. When you set your mind on one particular buck that you want to kill that is accompanied by 20-30 does you have really set yourself up for failure. Especially when you are trying to get it done via spot and stalk! I have really stacked the cards against me. I will also remind you that I like a good challenge!
But my views may have now shifted a bit. The paradigm shift has something to do with that of taking my children hunting with me. While being frustrated at trying to kill that solid P&Y buck I realized that maybe I am loosing the real reason as to why I am out there. It isn’t to kill the biggest buck I can find anymore like it has been in the past. It is becoming more about the experience.
When I took my children out to sit in the blind at a fence crossing next to an alfalfa field it began to dawn on me. It was their first hunt like this and we were covered up in small bucks a couple hours into the sit. The biggest of the bucks may go 45″ and about 30″ smaller than the buck I originally had my sights set on. But now, if I was able to put an arrow in one of these little guys it would have felt like I killed a booner sized buck! Afterall, it was their first antelope hunt while sitting in a blind with me. The only thing stopping me from killing one of these tasty critters was the barbwire fence that stood between us. I decided not to take a shot in fear of my arrow making contact with the fence and wounded one of the bucks.
We went home empty handed but it was a very successful hunt to say the least! I reflected back to last year’s hunt when the kids were able to watch me stalk an unsuspected buck. I want them to experience another this year!
TIL’ NEXT TIME!