After several years of preference points, I finally drew a quality area for antelope. This unit has quality, but not much for quantity. We scouted for several days before season and saw one buck in an unapproachable place five miles away that was a definite contender for B&C.
I hunted for several very hot days and passed on several bucks that were larger than this one that I ended up shooting. I saw this buck and started looking at him at 300 yards. It was in high sage brush and as I looked at him, it seemed that he was a very good buck. He started to move and I had to make a decision, so the 140 Accubond was on its way.
It took me about 30 minutes to find him in the thick sage and as I approached him, I realized that he was not as good as I first thought. However, I noticed something else at that point. As is visible in the picture, he had a bunch of dried blood down his side. Someone else had obviously shot him across the back and had the shot been a tiny bit lower, he would have been in someone else's truck.
At that point, I knew why I had to shoot that buck. God works in strange ways sometimes and I had no reason to be in a particular hurry to shoot a buck. That buck needed to be killed and I obviously was suppose to do it.
The Ab performed flawlessly, blowing out the heart, passing through the right, front knee and coming to rest under the hide. It was neat to get the bullet back. It was shot at 300 yards, at 3100 fps from a 7 mag.
As usual, he is fantastic eating, too.
This is probably my last trophy hunt, as the horns don't mean much to me anymore and I am tired of the preference point thing. It will be does and cows for me from here on in Wyoming. It still gives me a reason to go visit family!