The Basics Guide: How To Hunt Antelopes?

Hunting antelopes demands enough experience and great skills from hunters. If you are a newbie hunter and you chose to topple down the antelope, you must learn the basics. It is a known fact among hunters that antelopes are considered to be one of the most sensitive preys over hunting areas. They are infamously recognized as being jumpy. With just a little snap of a twig, their keen ears will instantly react to the sound; and if they see you, they will surely run away with lighting speed. Antelopes are also known as animals with excellent vision. They will absolutely recognize a threat right away. A novice hunter trying to conceal himself into some bushes will probably look ridiculous to an antelope’s perspective. You must not underestimate an antelope’s great vision. Indeed, antelope’s are branded as a challenge for every hunter.

 Hunting Pronghorn tips

To help you catch some of these skittish creatures, here are basic hunting tips that you can apply to your next antelope hunts:

1. The Antelope’s Senses

As what is written above, antelopes are really dependent on their vision. An old antelope’s vision is definitely so much better than yours. It is their best defense; you can’t just put this lightly. If you want to get close to an antelope, you must not let your guard down by being seen. The moment they notice you, your biggest chance will slip off. They will speed off towards freedom and away from your bullets.

Their sense of smell and hearing comes secondary during a hunt. You can creep and make sounds; but if they notice you moving behind bushes, they will smell threat.

2. Perfect your stalking skills

Since you are not allowed to let your presence be discovered, you need to know how to creep and get closer to the prey. To do this, you must follow and check the terrain, the timing, and your movements. See if the land you are in is advantageous for you. Are there bushes for you to hide on? Is the land tilting at your own advantage? You also have to be on point by planning the perfect timing. Is the antelope busy eating? Is it distracted? Do you think you can catch the antelope off guard? Lastly, be keen with you movements. Be creative in catching this wild animal. You can crawl silently, crouch down, or just plainly walk.

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3. Shooting skills and the right rifle.

It’s important for a hunter to be able to take a shot from a distance and to feel comfortable with his own rifle. Since antelopes are very sensitive and skittish, it is likely that you are just going to settle on a spot with a mid range distance. Therefore, you need to have the right rifle to take and the necessary skills to shoot a game. Ask suggestions from your local gun shops for more information about right rifles to bring.

4. Don’t lose hope

An antelope may get away from you instantly, but this doesn’t mean that you are not going to see it again. There is always a chance of seeing an escapee once more. The first time you blew off a chance of bagging a game, do not quit right away. An antelope that just came from a running spree is definitely tired, so you can catch up with it. Keep in mind that an antelope may run away from you; but if it settles on a spot for rest, it will not remember you at all. All they think is that once the coast is clear, all is well.

5. Scout the areas ahead

Before you waste your time in losing your game because of the lack of terrain knowledge, try to scout the area first. Hunting is not that simple; you need effort and time to catch a good game. Visit the place before you start the hunt. See possible escape routes, dead ends, possible traps, antelope disadvantages, resting place, and a whole lot more. You can even set up your hunting points by choosing advantageous spots like trees, overlooking cliffs, huge boulders, and the like.

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