We hunted antelope on a 95,000 acre ranch in New Mexico…that is everything you can see and then some…as we drove the ranch and crested another rise everything we could see in front and behind was on the ranch and in every direction we could glass groups of antelope. The biggest choice we had to make while hunting was “What shape of horns do you want on your Trophy Pronghorn?” We saw tall horns that hooked back, that hooked inside; we saw beautiful heart-shaped horns; we saw wide rounded horns and horns that laid out wide at a sharp angle. My guide, Dave was very diligent about pointing out to me how heavy the mass was and how high the cutters were above the ends of the ears and the length of horn above the cutters as we were glassing giving me a good idea of the quality of the animals the whole time.
This was a scouting process, and it didn’t take very long to find a good goat…
We had seen a good variety of “shooter” bucks and Dave was glassing one through his spotting scope and said “Todd, I think you’d better shoot that buck.” And me being someone to take good advice, I made a 100 yard stalk to be in a good position and got it done. We had pictures taken and Dave was starting to gut my Stud of Trophy Antelope by 9:00 a.m. of our 1st morning out.
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We got my hunt done the 1st morning of my 3 day hunt but I spent a long weekend with Dave and Brad, the guides. These guys are thoroughly knowledgeable about firearms, the habits and quality of the Antelope we were hunting, every inch of the massive ranch we were on, hunting in general (they will be guiding Elk hunters during rifle season this year on the same ranch. We saw some stud bulls moving cows toward the river canyon on the property…this place would be good elk hunting.
There is a deep history to the area too as the ranch is directly on the Santa Fe Trail; there are some buildings on the ranch that were built in the Santa Fe Trail era of the mid 1800’s and there are numerous historical landmarks around the area that can be visited if you end up with some free time on this trip.
My consultant was OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL. They did a LOT of research on this outfitters and their trips; there were no unwanted surprises and I had a great time!
- How was your consultant’s communication before, during and after the trip? Perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- How was your consultant’s knowledge of the trip? Very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to.
- How was your overall experience? Amazing, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- How was the outfitter’s communication before, during and after the trip? Perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- How was your guide? Amazing
- How difficult was the trip physically? Easy
- How was the food? Good
- How were the accommodations? Good
- Would you book another trip with OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL in the future? Yes
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