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2016 Antelope – What Matters Most

August 29, 2016
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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!



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At a very young age Jared was raised to appreciate Mother Nature and everything that It has to offer. His lifestyle and hunting passion is a desire that has been honed from a family up-bringing and years spent pursuing the wild game that he seeks. Jared enjoys his time spent in the outdoors connecting with the primitive instinct that was placed into man thoasands of  years ago; it is a God given right that he cannot get enough of and capitalizing on the opportunities is a daily goal of his. Jared enjoys supporting various outdoor and hunting related clubs and organization to help with better conservation practices while all bettering the game we pursue. Raising his two young children to appreciate the finer things in life that he was raised to grasp with a delicate hand all while teaching them the rules and the ways of the outdoors is a priority of his. Jared is a hardcore DIY backcountry hunter that takes pride in what the outdoors and the wild has taught him. Being able to connect with followers, readers, and viewers is something that he enjoys to do using written articles, video, and testimonials. Being supported by numerous companies in the outdoor and hunting community helps Jared continue to be a more successful sportsman. Being a freelance writer allows him to relive his adventures one word at a time through connecting with others in various facets in life. Jared, being a very goals driven individual, is always striving to meet and exceed his goals and expectations in life.