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Antelope thread
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:32:32 AM »
So I have been building priority for a coons age with the intent of one day going.
I have spent next to no time in southern Alberta and honestly have only even seen antelope a couple times maybe 25 yrs ago.
So consider this thread all things antelope.
I guess the first thing I will do is drive on down for a preliminary trip a time or two and check out the country and hopefully find a promising area.
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Re: Antelope thread
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 03:35:30 PM »
I seen quite a few Lopes when I had my around the base Elk draw in 2015. A friend said the numbers were better east of the Hat back then. But with Lopes, one bad winter can really change things. I'm sure more Intel from better people will come lol.

I have P14 for Trophy Lope, just waiting on my son to catch up as I started his points when he was 12. He is 20 now so close. Then we can chase them together at least once. Maybe he can wheel me out to the field when we get our second chance :)


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Re: Antelope thread
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 10:27:50 PM »
Can't wait for the chance to get at a loper again, couple more years for me I think I'm at a 6 maybe.
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Re: Antelope thread
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2018, 07:51:04 AM »
Numbers are continually better but I don't think we in our lifetimes will ever see the numbers of 30 yrs ago.
Three pieces of advice:
1.  If you can see them they've already seen you.
2.  They're closer than you think they are.
3.  Leather gloves and knee protection or very thick plants for those tiny cactus needles.

BTW, antelope liver is the best by far IMO.  Used to carry a pump up single burner and an alum. frypan for lunch in my pack while gutting/boning.
Definitely the coolest animal on the prairies.  Hair horns over the eyes instead of top of skull, a mane, a beard, elf ears and believe it or not can reach down for a mouthful of grass while running.
Pretty cool animal.

One last thing.  Small herds form bigger one's in coldest winter(from what I've seen 3-4 small herds into one), break up in spring, go solitary while calving, go back to their small territorial herds just before breeding(perhaps the bucks herd them up?), stay in the small territorial herds until coldest winter;  from breeding to the large winter herds you'll see small bachelor herds as well.
The small herds seem to stay in an area of say 3-4 sq mi. and if you see them in two or three spots you'll see them in those same spots(assuming no htg pressure)  They respond well to a call if you learn how to call them.  ;)


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Re: Antelope thread
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 08:07:12 AM »
been awhile since this post, but thought you might like to know the numbers are way down because of the bad winter we had in 2018.

if you are going to pull your tag, i think it would be a good idea to come down and scout a few areas before doing it, 'cause it will not be a slam dunk.


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Re: Antelope thread
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 06:42:01 AM »
 It's been a pretty decent winter in the south part of the province with next to no snow and it was cold for about a month. The numbers and quality of pronghorn are not looking too bad from what I've seen in the south.