Never ate a bad tasting goat. They were all tough though. I was eating some goat meat last week from my 2018 kill. Roasted, barbequed or fried it is like chewing gum. In the crockpot it is perfectly tender.
The only thing harder to field judge than a pronghorn is a mountain goat. I'm not making any guesses other than the length looks good.
Here is a closeup of the bases on my 2018 CO goat. They measured 5 5/8 and 5 4/8.
Eli thank you so much for weighing in. I was hoping you would but I'm sure you have plenty of your own buck pictures to evaluate! I learned everything I know about judging pronghorn from you guys. Obviously I have a lot more to learn.
Thanks. It was especially sweet because I shot him with a muzzleloader and open sights. I couldn't get him the first day because he wouldn't let me get within 400 yards. That evening I dug myself a grave 65 yards from the water source. I was lying in the grave before daylight the second day...
Go to Pronghorn Guide Service Website. Look at the picture gallery. I assume virtually all of them are 80" or bigger. Many are obviously huge. Many are not obvious. Not to me anyway.
I do think my estimate of 15" long is too much by an inch. My mass may be off by as much as three inches...
I burned a pile of points in Colorado on a great area last year. I may never get to hunt there again. In hindsight there were several bucks I maybe should have tried for instead of the one I shot. Oh well it was great fun to scout all summer and I'm happy with my buck.
I was lucky enough to...
No pics of last year's buck with other pronghorn. He was a loner.
I did see another similar buck last year. I thought he was very tall but also knew he was very thin and that's why I didn't hunt him. Here are a couple pics of that one with other bucks for comparison.
Thank you all for the great feedback! I love this stuff. Partly because it is so difficult.
npaden that is a beautiful buck!
Buzz your wife's buck is awesome.
Here is the buck that fooled me last year. I thought he was over 80" when I saw him multiple times in the summer. Embarrassed to...
I've been scouting for an upcoming hunt. I'm trying to rank this buck on my hit list. I realize he's unconventional with the low prongs but hear me out.
I think he has real good mass below the prongs for 7+7=14. I think the mass above the prongs is not bad especially when viewed from the...