Most of the western states that offer antelope hunts
have been experiencing a lengthy drought the past several years and it
has really taken a toll on the pronghorns in both numbers and quality.
Some states have reduced the number of tags available making it
harder to acquire a license through the draw.
OR MOUNTAIN RANCH IS $2200
DRAW HAS BEEN 100% ON TAGS
2013 proved to be another year with 100 percent
success on decent goats despite the 2-year drought that has been
hampering horn growth. Pronghorns here averaged 13 ½ to 15 inches, with
the best gross scoring 79 inches, not real tall, but heavy.
2012 quality was down due to the severe drought. All
pronghorn hunters were successful on bucks ranging from 13 ½ to 15
inches. The 2011 fall produced the best pronghorn bucks on both ranches
for the past several years. This outfitter has 2 private ranches, one in
the plains and another in the mountains. Success has been 100% both
archery and rifle for years and quality is a little better on the
He typically runs about 8 gun and 2 or 3 archery
pronghorn hunters on the 65,000-acre plains ranch, but plans on cutting
it down to 6 total for 2014.
3-day gun hunts are $1,850 guided 2x1 and include
airport pickup in Casper,
house accommodations and meals. Archery hunts are 5 days priced at
$1,850 and he only takes 2 or 3 bowhunters during the start of gun
season. He sets them up on water holes in blinds. The ranch is located
between Douglas and Gillette. Hunts start September 24 and applications
are due March 15 for the draw, which has been 100% past years.
Next opening is in 2015.
His mountain ranch is 20,000 acres located between Cheyenne and
and has a little better trophy quality, normally averaging about 15
inches. 3-day full service hunt October 7 to 9 guided 2x1 is $2,200,
including airport pickup in
Cheyenne. 2014 is booked full, next opening is in
$2500 NEW MEXICO
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER DATES
GUARANTEED TAG NO DRAWING
Drought affected horn growth in 2013, but all 6
hunters took home bucks averaging almost 15 inches. In 2012 all 11
pronghorn hunters took home bucks averaging in the mid-70’s. He only
took 6 hunters in 2011 due to the drought and all took home bucks
averaging 70 plus inches. In 2010 he took a total of 8 hunters over the
course of 2 hunts on 150,000 acres and all 8 took nice bucks. The better
ones came in at 15 ½-inches with good mass. Many years they took up to
25 hunters on these ranches, but they cut the numbers back to improve on
Northeastern New Mexico
has always produced heavy horned antelope and the numbers have been
This area offers 2 seasons, each are 3-day hunts,
August 20 to 22 (perfect for students) and September 17 to 19. Price is
very reasonable at $2,500 guided 2x1 with a new lodge equipped with
trophy room and all the amenities.
Guaranteed landowner voucher is included so there is
no draw. Hunters fly into
and rent a car. Hunt PG278.
HUNTS 3 UNITS ONLY $1850
This small family run operation offers hunts in 3
areas of southeastern Wyoming.
All are priced the same at $1,850 for 3 days guided 2x1.
They take a very limited amount of hunters and last year took a
total of only 13 hunters.
One is west of
in Area 50 where they hunt 6,000 acres of private land.
Accommodations are a nice log lodge just recently
built. Season runs Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.
In Area 103 near Wheatland they have 60,000 private acres.
Accommodations are a nice cabin next to the outfitter’s home. Season is
Oct. 5 - 31. They are in the
process of acquiring another 16,000-acre lease in Area 42 with good
pronghorn numbers. Accommodations would either be in their log lodge or
the cabin in Wheatland.
Drawing odds have dropped from 100 percent to between
60 and 85 percent depending on the areas and hunters can apply as a
Hunters fly into Denver
and rent a car for the 2 ½ hour drive or fly into Cheyenne where arrangements can be made for
pickup. HCU’s Cliff Graham has hunted with this outfit.
25,000 PRIVATE ACRES
This had been our premier pronghorn hunt until the
drought of 2011. Last fall in 2013 they only took 2 bucks off the 25,000
private acres, both scoring in the mid-70’s. In 2012 they took 4 bucks
off the property, but quality was down. In 2011 HCU’s Cliff Graham and
Bob Wodzisz were on this hunt. Bob did take a buck grossing 82 inches,
but the others were not the caliber of bucks normally taken on this
In 2010 before the drought, 3 of the 4 bucks taken had
16-inch horns and grossed 80 inches or better. In 2009, 3 of the 4 bucks
taken gross scored over the Boone and Crockett minimum of 82 points and
the best grossed 87 with 2 more at 85. In 2008 all 4 bucks grossed over
82 with the best coming in at 87 and 86 inches.
The outfitter is expecting the ranch to improve with
positive weather conditions and the genetics are definitely superb, but
until then the price will continue to be down from $4,000 to $3,000
guided 1x1 for this 2-day hunt that includes nice ranch house
accommodations, home cooked meals and airport pickup in
Midland or fly into Lubbock, Texas
and rent a car. Season is the second or third weekend in September. 2014
is available. Hunt PG685.
STARTS AUGUST 15 ONLY $2500
GREAT FOR STUDENTS OR TEACHERS
This 20,000-acre ranch is in the Ranching for
Wildlife program guaranteeing you a pronghorn tag. Rifle hunts start
August 15 and continue to run into early November. Early dates are
perfect for students or teachers. In 2013 all 14 hunters took home
bucks. Past 3 years success has been 100% on bucks 13 to 15 inches and
averaging gross scores in the mid-70’s, top bucks near the 80-inch mark.
3-day hunts guided 2x1 are only $2,500. Elk can be combined on this hunt
for an additional $3,500 and this includes a fourth day of hunting.
This has been one of our most popular hunts due to the guaranteed
tag-no drawing, liberal season dates, 100 percent success on quality
bucks, nice accommodations with great guides.
New lodge accommodations with family style meals and airport
pickup in Hayden. Guaranteed tag, no draw. Openings are available for
both pronghorn and elk in 2014.
GUARANTEED LICENSE-NO DRAW
STARTS AUGUST 15 ONLY $2450
This has been a very popular hunt due to the
guaranteed tag-no drawing, liberal season dates, 100% success on quality
bucks, nice accommodations with great guides.
These couple ranches combined total 200,000 acres and
they are in the Ranching for Wildlife program allowing rifle hunts to
start August 15 and continue to run into November. Perfect dates for
students or teachers.
Success has been 100% on bucks in the 13 to 15-inch
plus class gross scoring in the 70’s and top bucks usually make 80
inches. 3-day hunts guided 2x1 are only $2,450. Nice ranch house
accommodations include family style meals and airport pickup in Hayden.
Guaranteed tag, no draw. Hunt
ARCHERY ONLY $1750
Here is a no frills 5-day bowhunt for trophy sized
pronghorns. This rancher/outfitter runs a small personal operation in
on private property that has produced many trophy bucks. The genetics
are very good and he typically doesn’t rifle hunt these ranches, only
bowhunts. Last fall his 4 archers took 3 bucks and it looks like all
should qualify for Pope and Young. The unsuccessful hunter could only
stay for 3 days and was hampered by high winds and rain. This was the
first unsuccessful hunter in the past 4 years.
In 2012 his 9 archers took 9 pronghorn bucks,
including 6 that should make the Pope and Young record book and one may
go 80 inches. In 2011 he had
11 archers take 11 pronghorn bucks and 7 should make Pope and Young. In
2010 his 7 archers took 7 bucks, with 5 making Pope and Young and 2 more
that may qualify.
This is a no frills hunt with trailer house
accommodations, meals and guide service, all for only $1,750. Hunt dates
are August 15 to late September. Hunters need to apply for tags by June
1. Fly into Billings or Rapid
City and rent a car.
The outfitter has decided to offer a whitetail/
pronghorn archery combo hunt. Price would be $3,500 for a combo and if
you didn’t draw a pronghorn tag the deer hunt would drop to $2,800 or if
you didn’t draw the deer the pronghorn hunt would drop to $1,500.
Deer draw deadline is March 15. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has
been on this ranch.