Anyway, Mike, my brother, and I drove to Rock Springs, Wyoming, Friday night to meet my dad and his hunting buddy Ron Taylor. We woke up ridiculously early the next morning, ate breakfast and began the official hunt. We spotted a bakers dozen antelope within 10 minutes on the road, including these fine specimens.
Over the next 8 hours we spotted nearly 1,000 antelope, searching for the one to slay. Toward the end of the day we went to a little place I like to call Antelope Alley. This is where I shot my antelope last year and Ron’s daughter, Jenny, shot hers the year before. Upon arriving here, we spotted herds and herds of antelope. After a small hike and a short drive I spotted a pretty nice looking buck and told my dad it was a shooter. Mike confirmed this and we began trying to get him to shoot it. Dad resisted. I’m pretty sure he would’ve shot every antelope in that valley if he could’ve.
The next day we went straight to Antelope Alley. We saw a few HUGE bucks but couldn’t get close enough to shoot any. I offered to shoot the antelope for my dad, but he just glared at me and said no. We hunted until about 2:30 p.m. and just as we were giving up hope my dad saw an antelope with a horn growing sideways out of its head. The horn was so messed up it was nearly growing parallel with the ground. My dad told Ron to drive down there to see if it was worth shooting. We all told him not to and as he was making his final decision we spotted another antelope less than 100 yards away. We yelled to my dad that it was pretty nice, he set his sight and shot.
The Antelope is beautiful.
All in all it was a successful hunt. Look at the smile on my dad's face below. He looks like a kid in a candy store.
Now, my dad would try to tell you this isn’t true (besides being a hunter he is also a liar) but the antelope he shot was the same one Mike and I tried to get him to shoot the day before! Crazy, but true! Mike confirmed it. The moral of this story is, “Dads, listen to your boys. They know what’s best and will end up saving you a lot of time in the long run.”