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The two antelope pictured above are both B&C qualifiers. The antelope on the left was taken by David Edwards of Upatoi, GA and the antelope on the right was taken by Genarro Torrez of Mexico.

Both of these antelope hunts were very short. Not by design but by chance. Genarro's antelope was down by 8am on the first day of his hunt. David's antelope was actually taken the day before his antelope hunt started and has a great story to go along with it. I call it the "15 SECOND B&C BUCK". You can read that story at the bottom of this page.

While we do have very good antelope hunting on our ranches, one cannot expect to take a record book antelope buck much less one in less than an hour. Check out the story at the bottom of the page...it's a good one.

There are also a few stories in the REALTREE online archives. Visit their site and type in 'ANTELOPE OUTFITTERS' in the search box.
Our antelope hunts are truly world class in the area we hunt. The antelope pictured at the left was taken by one of the staff of ANTELOPE OUTFITTERS after all the clients were finished hunting for the year. This is a nice trophy antelope at 13 inches but is on the small end of trophy antelope we usually take each year.

Each year we usually take over a dozen antelope in excess of 15 honest inches, and often over 16. Several of the antelope we take are Boone and Crocket qualifiers, scoring in the low 80s. This is impressive since severe drought has taken it's toll on the horn growth each of the past 5 years.

Just a note for your information; 15 inch and larger antelope bucks are truly a rare find. If you have buddies with antelope bucks on the wall they claim to be 16 inches, grab a tape and check it. There are 16s and even 17s out there, but they are considerably more rare than most have been lead to believe. Any antelope over 14 is a true trophy pronghorn and if he has mass and long prongs or even a bit of character then you have a real trophy antelope.
The trophy antelope pictured at the right was taken by Jim Stroud of the TV show "DR. BUCK OUTDOORS". While this is a nice Wyoming antelope at 14 inches, he was the small one and the big one got away. The blame for the big antelope getting away all belongs to me.

We had seen a herd of antelope go into a draw with three nice antelope and about 15 or so does. We took a long 2 mile hike around to get the wind right and when we came to the spot where the antelope had gone into the draw there were two shooter antelope on the ridge bedded in front of us.

Since the herd we saw had two good antelope and a smaller one, I assumed while crawling through the cactus that the bigger of these two was the big buck we had seen earlier in the bunch. This was not the case and the problem here turned out to be too many trophy antelope in one area. The trophy antelope he took was one that was evidently not part of the original herd. After he dropped his antelope and we stood up to go check it out, the herd with the two bigger antelope in it came out of the draw right below the one he took.

That's what I get for assuming something without double checking the one we were looking at. Jim was a true gentleman about it and said "That's hunting." Even though it was not the big antelope we were after, it was a nice buck.
Greg Wood (above left) (phone 904-910-0593) is a second time archery hunter with us. He liked it so much he brought friends; Justin Howard (above)(phone 904-298-48720 and Chris Hart (left)(phone 904-251-5668). All are from Southern Florida. A fourth in the party was Charles Newton (phone 904-759-6197) Charlie's arrow had an unfortunate meeting with a front leg bone. We spent three more days trying to finish his buck and came close a couple of times. All the hunters had shot opportunities every day, even with the wet weather. This was an Oct. 1-4, 08 hunt.

A trophy antelope will weigh between 100 to 140 pounds. He can run in excess of 65 miles per hour and can see you blink from farther away than you can shoot him with a Weatherby magnum. He can smell well over a mile if the wind is right and will usually have at least a dozen or more sets of doe's eyes helping him to look for trouble.

A typical trophy antelope buck will grow horns of at least 14 inches. We try for the 15's and up but they get a bit tougher to find once they get that old. They make one of the most beautiful mounts of the North American trophies. The terrain you hunt for antelope will be mostly rolling hills and flat sagebrush prairie.

October 6, 2001 Gillette, Wyoming Antelope Hunt

The season has been very successful so far. With antelope hunt packages in three day time slots and the season opener in this area on October 1st for rifle, we were just ending our second group of antelope hunters.

Due to great success, all of the antelope hunters for the second time slot were filled up and in town shopping for nick nacks and tee shirts for the kids and the thank-you jewelry for the wife. So I took the opportunity to go to the airport and pick up one of the third time slot antelope hunters.

David Edwards of Upatoi, GA was scheduled to arrive at 1:00 p.m. Since there were national guard folks and signs in the parking area with directions not to leave vehicles un-attended (heavy security due to the 9-11 tragedy), I had to stay outside to wait for him. I had never met David but had several phone conversations with him.

I watched a group of guys carrying hunting gear to the door and with a friendly "Hello" asked if they were David. None of them were and when most everyone from the plane had either left or was hooked up with someone, I looked closer and saw a gentleman who was obviously concerned about something and was watching the luggage claim area with nothing left on the conveyor. I poked my head into the terminal and asked if he was David Edwards. He said yes, almost without stopping while he was headed for the courtesy desk. I told him I would be waiting outside by the Suburban. When he left the terminal (without his luggage) I introduced myself with a handshake and we hopped into the 'Burban'. We took the scenic route to the motel and I pointed out several nice and not so nice antelope bucks on the way. He seemed to be quite concerned about his luggage and gear not making it, so I tried to make small talk and offered him my untouched lunch for the day and told him that our last tag for the last antelope and deer hunting group was filled on a nice five point mule deer early in the morning and we had come back to town for lunch. He said he had been going on airline peanuts since about 3 a.m. in Atlanta. He put the sandwich fixins' together while we admired several nice antelope bucks on the way to the motel. I asked him if he minded what kind of gun he used on his antelope. He said he would like to use his 264. I told him I had a 7mag in the corner and would he mind using that. He asked "Why" and I informed him that all the other antelope and deer hunters were finished and in town shopping. So I asked him if he would like to go looking around the area he would be hunting in the morning and one never knows what could happen. He said "Sure that would be fine." I asked him if he had his tag. He said "Yes, it's in my pocket." We went to the motel and picked up his conservation stamp, filled out the outfitter's report with his license number and handed him my 7mag and a box of Federal Premiums with 160 gr Nosler Partitions. We went down the hall and asked the other two guides who happened to be the former owners of ANTELOPE OUTFITTERS, Bill DePuy and Steve Beilgard, if they wanted to go for a look around with the hunter for tomorrow's time slot. They were eager to get outside and we all grabbed our glasses and spotting scopes and set out for about four hours of scouting and possibly a stalk on an antelope buck.

We headed south of town to one of our ranches and did a quick evaluation of each other and told stories of how many hunters actually do take their antelope bucks the day before their hunt really starts and how this could be just like that. The property was about 15 minutes out of town. This particular ranch has a few thousand acres on one side of the highway and about 150 on the other side. When we got close to the turn off, Steve who was sitting behind me in the 'Burban' said "Turn left here Ward." I had the blinker on and was almost to the turn when we all at the same time noticed a good

I switched the blinker and we pulled in behind a small rise. I stopped and suggested that we get out and sneak up to the top of the rise and take a look just in case this is a trophy antelope buck. Bill said that he didn't look scared and we should just drive around the corner and take a good look. We all agreed and knew even if we did spook the antelope we would be able to get on him later.
I pulled around the corner and there the antelope was right in front of us at about 100 yards. He stopped dead in his tracks and stared directly at us. Now judging an antelope straight on is not enough to evaluate him, even for a good one. All three of us had our eyes stuck to the back of our glasses. There was a lot of "He looks pretty good, let's get a better look at him when he turns." He just stood there for a few endless seconds and David was in the back seat looking as good as he could with his glasses that are still in the Denver airport. Of course getting a guide to give up his binoculars when he is sizing up a nice antelope buck is like pulling hen's teeth. When the antelope did finally turn and start walking toward the water hole for a drink, we were all looking. I said "SHOOT THAT BUCK NOW." Then Bill said" Hey, that's a good buck, he's not gonna wait all day for ya, you better shoot that buck." And then Steve, who was in the back with David said, "I don't mean to rush you but that's a real good buck, you probably better shoot him." All the while Steve is trying to hand the gun to David and get him to get out. When he decided that three guides, all of them with over thirty years antelope hunting experience are saying shoot, he ought to listen.
Now I was aware that this could be too quick and overwhelming for a first time antelope hunter. I looked at David and I could see the hesitation while he was coming to the conclusion to end his antelope hunt only fifteen seconds or so into it. He should have been leery of this and thinking hey what are they trying to ramrod me into here. The good thing is he had done his research and gone with a reputable outfitter and decided to trust his guides. When he got out and chambered a round, Bill, who was right next to him in the passenger seat with the window down gave him the take your time, be steady and get a good rest on the hood. We all sat still and watched with the glasses. David got steady and the 7mag barked. The heavy mass sixteen inch antelope buck dropped dead in his tracks without a twitch.

In the photo above you can see David Edwards with his 15 second B&C Buck. He is still trying to get ahold of the situation here it all happened so fast.

In the photo above, here you can see just how David is trying to get a handle on this. We just barely got to say hello and he already has a big buck on the ground.

OK, now this all happened way too quick. David was still trying to catch up with his situation and just now we could see the adrenaline just start kicking in. He was still trying to decide if he had been rushed into an average buck with the whole hunt still to come. Even in some of the pictures after the shot he still appeared to be hesitant and maybe even a bit overwhelmed. We spent the next few minutes trying to convince him that this was truly an exceptional buck.
Being the southern gentleman that he is, he was quite gracious, but I could still sense that he was not fully satisfied with taking this buck just yet. After all, when it came to judging trophy quality of an antelope buck, David only had pictures, stories and videos of others to go by. And also it could be a bit anticlimactic to get to the end of the movie even before the previews start. I am sure that either he, or some of his friends back home said "Now don't shoot the first one you see." This is all well and good as long as the first one you see is not a Booner waiting to be immortalized on a southern gentleman's den wall in Georgia.
After the photos and the field care, we headed for the locker plant. When we pulled in to unload David's brute buck, there were several antelope waiting to be processed. When we dragged his buck out of the 'Burban' it was very obvious that David's buck was the most impressive. This is when I noticed a true, genuine smile of joy hit David's face. He now realized that the decision he made to pull the trigger was the right one.
After all the admiring of the big buck on the floor at the locker plant, we headed for the motel and hoped for his luggage to be there. After all his hunt didn't start until tomorrow, he would need his gear.
Most of you would wonder what one would do next. Well that's no problem with ANTELOPE OUTFITTERS. I told David to bring his shotgun just in case. His luggage did arrive that evening and the next day, David did a ride- along with one of the combo hunters on a deer hunt. He was lucky enough to see one of our big muleys too. And after that day, some other tagged out antelope hunters in camp were looking for more excitement. With some discussion we came to the conclusion that they wanted to go after pheasants. So plans were made and licenses purchased and the next morning, not quite as early, we headed for the pheasant hunting ranch. David had a very good day shooting upland. And on the third day we made plans to go after Merriam's turkeys. We had a great day chasing turkeys and even had a couple of close shot opportunities. With hunting being hunting, it just didn't come together on the turkeys for David.
We had a great time with David. He said he will return and next time he will bring family.
I hope to see him again soon, he is a fine gentleman and a good hunting partner.

The photo to the left is of Jim Anderson. He is a South Dakota resident and a great guy. I know this because he is my dad. That's right, he is the one to blame for inflicting a pain in the neck like me on the world.
Without him and all that he and mom have done for me, I would never have developed a love for the outdoors that lead me to this venture in the hunting industry. For that, Mom and Dad, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now about this antelope buck; He is an official 80 and 1/2 inch brute. For those of you who are not familiar with scores, that's really big. A 75 inch antelope buck is a big buck anywhere. With 82 inches at the holy grail of antelope hunting, he does come very close. A score of 82 is the minimum for the all time records in the Boone & Crocket club.
With all the clients filled, I had dad in the Burban'. We were looking for this particular buck. I guessed him at an extremely heavy 15 inch buck. Turns out I was almost exactly correct. He was 14 and 7/8 inches. Another tip for you folks, this buck is less than 15 inches and still scores over 80 inches. Which means that length is not the most important factor in antelope score. You get only 2 length measurements for score and you get 8 mass measurements for score. And since you get to include the mass of the horn in the prong measurement it turns out that the mass effects the score 10 times total. I have two 17 inch antelope on the wall and neither of them scores over 80. Some food for thought.

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