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My Antelope Hunting Adventure In Wyoming

by John Mueller 13. September 2009 14:23
John Mueller

It was quite an adventure hunting with a bunch of friends from the forum as well as a few Bowtech Staffers. This hunt was more about the friendships than the actual hunting, although the hunting was fantastic.

 

Even though most of us knew one another, few of us had actually met face to face; we just knew each other from the forums. It was neat to have a camp full of guys that got along like brothers the whole time, it really made the hunt a pleasurable experience.

 

Miller Outfitting knows how to put hunters on good antelopes and also show them a first class time, their operation is second to none. We all arrived at camp by 3:00 on Saturday with our hunt to begin Sunday morning. Doug the owner said if we wanted to shoot our bows a few times to see if they were still on he would put us all in blinds that evening since the hot weather was perfect for hunting. So we all took a few practice shots and changed clothes and were in our blinds overlooking water holes by 5:00. Within 10 minutes the first goat was down. Bill had connected on a good buck. One more speed goat would fall that first evening. I had a doe and young one come to my water hole that evening but no shooters.

 

A doe and fawn that came in the first evening.

 

The first morning I went to same hole Bill took his buck at the night before, it was located in a good travel area.

 

A view of my water hole the first morning.

 

I had numerous small bucks and couple of does come in early.

 

One of the small bucks that came in early.

 

I received news via text Kevin had killed a goat a little ways from my blind and they were taking it in to get it in the cooler. It had been a while since I had seen any so I texted Rob and Greg asking if this was the 10:00 lull. Soon after that text I got word that Greg had hit one, but just grazed its back. What seemed like just a few minutes later I got the message that Greg and Rob had both tagged really good bucks. That meant I was the only one left hunting and it wasn’t even noon of the first day. At 2:00, after not seeing an antelope since 9:30, I called Billy my guide asking what the weather was supposed be like the next couple of days. He said cooler with a chance of rain. That meant the antelopes wouldn’t be coming to water as much as in the 93* heat of the day. I decided if a decent buck came in I would take him instead of waiting for a bigger one later. At 2:30 the antelopes must have gotten up from their naps. I had a steady stream coming to water, but they were all small.

 

Around 4:00 I got my sandwich out of my pack. I thought to myself, I better take a look around before I start eating. I peeked out the back of the blind and saw a huge buck running a good buck away from his doe. I quickly put my sandwich down and grabbed my bow. I decided I would shoot either of these bucks if presented with a shot. The bigger one didn’t want the smaller buck anywhere near his doe and kept running him off. Finally the smaller one started to make his way to my water hole. But he came in to my left just the opposite of all of the rest of them. I had to reposition myself for the shot. I ranged him at 22 yards and drew back. Almost at full draw my elbow scrapped the Velcro on a window causing my goat to leave the water, but he stopped after couple of steps. I aimed and touched off the trigger, my arrow struck low in the chest just behind the front leg. I immediately thought heart shot as he climbed out of the water hole and stumbled over the damn, blood pouring out of the wound, I knew he wouldn’t go far. I called my guide Billy, and told him to come get me I’m done.

 

In a few minutes Billy arrived with Kevin and Bill. We loaded up my trophy and drove a little ways away from the hunting area to take pictures and field dress my antelope. The guides actually take a bunch of pictures in different poses and when they get back to camp, they print out a beautiful 8 x 10 print for you and at the end of the hunt each hunter gets a disc with all of the hunters’ pictures on it. That’s definitely not something you get on every hunt.

 

Trophy shots sporting the BH.com colors.

 

 

One of the 8 x10 glossy that Doug gave me.

 

After we had all tagged out Doug suggested we all take a ride to Devil’s Tower National Monument, it was only about an hour and a half away. So Tuesday we loaded up into 2 vehicles and headed to Devil’s Tower. It was a neat ride through some beautiful country. Devil’s Tower is a huge mass of rock that rises straight up nearly 900 feet out the landscape, truly an amazing sight.

 

The whole gang at Devil's Tower.

Then after lunch at a local diner we headed back to camp. But Doug took us home on gravel country back roads almost the entire way. We stopped many times to view deer and antelope as well as take in some awesome scenery. That ride was another one of the many highlights of the trip.

 

If you are looking for a fun hunt with a group of friends by all means consider an antelope hunt with Miller Outfitting. Definitely not the most adventurous hunt, but one to relax on and have a great time in camp and enjoy the services of a first class outfitter. And antelopes make a pretty darn good looking mount too.

 

Rob and Greg actually shared this water hole the first evening of the hunt.

 

 

Some goats just a couple a hundred yards from camp.

   

 

The equipment I used on this hunt was:

 

Diamond Iceman

Easton FMJ Arrows tipped with Rage BH 

Octane Bantamweight Quiver  http://www.bowhunting.com/shopping/Products/Octane-Bantam-Weight-Quiver__90625.aspx

Apex 4 pin sight

QAD Drop Away Rest

Octane 7” Stabalizer http://www.bowhunting.com/shopping/Products/OCTANE-7-STABILIZER-HWDGRN-__90541.aspx

Another First in Bowhunting for Me

by John Mueller 26. April 2009 07:41
John Mueller

Saturday April 25, 2009 will go down as another first for me in the bowhunting world. I harvested my first turkey with archery equipment.

 

All it takes is one bird to follow the script.

 

 

 

I tried for a while last year to get one with the bow, but it just never happened and I ended up using my shotgun instead. This year I was going to use my full season tag for a bowkill only. And use my gun on the weeklong season. I had been out 4 times previously this season only to have the birds put me to shame.

I left home early Friday evening, so I could get there before dark and hopefully hear a bird or 2 go to roost. I get to my gate that I share with my neighbor and I cannot open it. My neighbor is having a cabin built on his property. And the construction crew has a second lock on the cable, so if you lock the 2 locks together either one will open the cable. Someone forgot one simple item and locked the construction lock on both ends of the cable. I drove back to where I get cell service and call the neighbor. He calls the contractor and is told someone will be there to let me in in 15 minutes. He shows up and opens the lock and apologizes. (Good thing I didn’t wait till the morning to drive up there.) 

I still get there in time to hear a bird go to roost where they have roosted once before this year and twice last year. They left the same direction each time. So I knew where I was headed in the morning. I got setup at the mouth of a big hollow that leads up to a picked bean field the birds like to feed in. I was in my ASAT Blind well before first light with a hen and jake decoy out front. The first gobble of the morning came from up near the bean field followed shortly by 2 from the bird I had roosted a couple hundred yards up the hollow. They gobbled back and forth for a while from the roost. Then I could tell my bird had flown down. I heard him gobble a couple more times, a little closer each time. Finally I could see his black form materialize out of the hollow. He was headed straight for my setup. But then he veered to my left instead of crossing the small ditch. I followed him thru the window and when he stopped at 23 yards I drew back the Iceman and sent a Rage his direction. It hit him right above his left leg and stuck in his breast bone. He did a couple of flips and a few wingflaps and it was over. I never made a call and by 6:05 I had my first bird by bow.

 

A happy hunter, they whipped up on me pretty good for 4 days.

 

My defination of Trophy Rock!!

 

Those babies could do some Damage!

 

The tale of the tape is:

24.25 lbs.

11.25” Beard

1.125” for each spur

Total Score = 69.25

 

Then on the walk back to my trailer to get the four wheeler to haul everything back on, I see this.

 

 

 

An added bonus to the morning.

I had a very good morning and will be eating well for a while!!

 

 

     

Some good eating there.

Diamond Introduces Center Pivot Technology For 2009

by Bowhunting.com Staff 5. December 2008 02:46
Bowhunting.com StaffDiamond IceMan bowThe IceMan cometh. And it comes deadly quiet, with shock-free Center Pivot riser technology, previously available only in the BowTech line.
 
Featuring second generation Center Pivot Technology, the new Diamond IceMan has more strength, virtually no horizontal torque or vibration and, with the deflexed design, consistent accuracy shot after shot.
 
"Bringing the Center Pivot Technology into the Diamond brand is a big step for us," national sales manager Jerid Strasheim admits, "With the draw cycle of a single cam and the deadly quiet that comes with the Center Pivot design, the IceMan is one of the smoothest shooters on the market today."
 
The IceMan features an all new Single Rotating Mod allowing for a full 7 inches of adjustability in 1/2-inch increments (24" to 30"). Couple that with a 31 ½" axle to axle, a forgiving 7 1/8" brace height and peak draw weights available in 40, 50, 60 and 70 pounds, the versatile IceMan has IBO speeds of 310 to 318 fps. A carbon rod string suppressor, positioned directly in line with the stabilizer bushing, couples with a stabilizer to efficiently transfer energy away from the bow resulting in a quiet, balanced shot.
 
The IceMan is available in a variety of camouflage patterns including Realtree's Hardwoods HD® (standard), Hardwoods Green HD®, AP HD®, Advantage Max-4 HD®, Camowest® Vanish Hybrid, Next® FLX Digital and Mossy Oak Brush®, all featuring the InVelvet™ finish. The IceMan is also available in a FireStorm Candy Blue target configuration with blue/black string and cables, black cams and mods and a carbon fiber dipped 2-piece grip. The optional Octane accessory package includes a 5-pin fiber optic sight, Hostage Pro capture arrow rest, Octane camo 5-arrow 1-piece quiver, braided wrist sling, metal peep sight and Octane 7" camo stabilizer. 
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