Hunting a new species for the first time can be an exciting experience. No matter where you reside, there are some animals that just aren’t native to that area. Generally, you have to travel to find certain animals, which makes it a special experience.
For example, you are far more likely to find antelope (or pronghorns, as they’re technically known in this hemisphere) in the Western United States, Canada and Mexico than any other part of North America. And if you’re headed this way to hunt for these animals, there are a few things you should know about them first:
They Have Excellent Vision
One of the best defenses an antelope will have against you is their excellent vision. They have a 320-degree field of vision, meaning virtually nothing is out of their sight, no matter which way they’re facing. Their eyes are larger in relation to their body than any hoofed mammal, allowing them to see movement up to 3 miles away.
Antelopes are the fastest land mammals in the Western Hemisphere. These animals can run as quickly as 55 miles per hour when they get going. They have tremendous endurance as well, with the ability to run for four miles at a 35 mile per hour pace. So, when they get spooked and take off, don’t expect to see them again anytime soon.
They’re Quite Small
If you’re expecting the antelope you see to be as big as an elk or moose, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. They’re closer in size to deer but are generally even smaller than that. They’re about three feet tall at the shoulder and are usually between four and five feet in length from nose to tail. Full grown adults tend to weigh between 90 and 140 pounds.
You’ll Likely Need a Rifle
If you’ve noticed a theme of the first three points, it’s that you’re going to need a long-distance accurate shot. Antelope are going to be able to spot you from far away and get away quick when they do. And from a distance, they’re going to appear quite small. That’s why you’ll need a rifle and plenty of practice going in.
If you’re interested in taking a guided trip to hunt some antelope, consider visiting Elk Ridge Outfitters in Wilsall, MT. We offer both rifle and archery hunting of elk and also black bear and antelope during their respective seasons. To schedule your hunting trip, contact us today at 406-220-2379.