- Jul 12, 2010
But just to be honest... 99% of antelope hunting isn’t a “go deeper” proposition. The limited access areas will be limited, most likely, by private land, which means roads. Even the large units dominated by large swaths of public land antelope habitat have county roads, oil & gas roads, etc. If you want to hunt that country effectively, you should drive to different points where you can glass the huntable public land, hike out a ways from the truck to a glassing knob, sit down and find a buck you like. If that fails, return to the truck and drive to the next piece of public you want to hunt and repeat. Antelope hunting means wide open country. If you are hunting a unit with limited access, a good glassing spot will often enable you to glass most of the country available to you.I thought of this but I honestly just don’t know quite what to expect. I’d really hate to get there and regret not having gear to put me further in if needed. Totally not opposed to truck camping, but would like the ability to go deeper if required.
If you want to buy backpacking equipment, go ahead. I love to backpack and wouldn’t begrudge anyone for getting into it. But if your goal is a successful antelope hunt, I’d spend the money on boots and binoculars. If you bone out your antelope at the kill site, you can bring half of it back to the truck in a daypack you bought at Target (Been there!).
If you think it’ll be antelope in 2019, backcountry mule deer in 2020, and a backpacking hunt for elk in 2021, then I get it. Dive in! If you’re just interested in antelope, though, save $500 on the pack and set it aside for next year’s antelope tag!