New Mexico Antelope Hunt

JDMiller

12 pointer
Jun 12, 2005
10,800
" Between the Rivers "
We’ve been driving hard and finally back home in Kentucky this morning. I’m beat mainly from the drive but can’t relay in words how enjoyable this hunt was. We drove a lot country and made several long stalks to try to get in ranges I was comfortable with to only be busted. But when it worked and shot made…. you earned it and just felt a great feeling of accomplishment. Overall it was a relaxed hunt and would do it again in a heartbeat.

I appreciate all the kind words from everyone here and made the hunt even more enjoyable.
 

JDMiller

12 pointer
Jun 12, 2005
10,800
" Between the Rivers "
I also wanted to add….. be damn glad we don’t have these bushes(cholla cactus) in Ky. I have no doubt the devil himself made these.
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JDMiller

12 pointer
Jun 12, 2005
10,800
" Between the Rivers "
Heck of a shot you made! Was that the longest shot you have every made on an animal? Were most shots you were looking to take going to be that far?

Yes…. longest shot for me on a live animal. Which the 325 yds was the last range my guide called and the pronghorn buck was still prodding around 7-8 does… it was probably a bit further.

In turn before going on this trip I shot out to 300. Which I could hit targets at 300 but I was really comfortable at 200. But after getting there ….. was no shot under 300 yds.

I’d highly recommend practicing the 300- 400 yd range . At least for this part of New Mexico.
 

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
14,156
raised n Bullitt Co.
Yes…. longest shot for me on a live animal. Which the 325 yds was the last range my guide called and the pronghorn buck was still prodding around 7-8 does… it was probably a bit further.

In turn before going on this trip I shot out to 300. Which I could hit targets at 300 but I was really comfortable at 200. But after getting there ….. was no shot under 300 yds.

I’d highly recommend practicing the 300- 400 yd range . At least for this part of New Mexico.
Stand on a coke can and see 20 miles.
Forgot to tell you to pack tweezers. Cactus thorns are the devil. "Jumping" cholla is nasty.
 

pentail

Bacon
Staff member
Sep 25, 2002
12,095
Savoring the smoke
Congrats and well done, JD. Good to see you on here. You were about 2 hours north of where we usually mule deer hunt down around Artesia/Roswell area. I hope you took the time to eat some of the local food, homemade tortillas, etc. Great area. Seeing your pics makes me want to go back
 

JDMiller

12 pointer
Jun 12, 2005
10,800
" Between the Rivers "
Congrats and well done, JD. Good to see you on here. You were about 2 hours north of where we usually mule deer hunt down around Artesia/Roswell area. I hope you took the time to eat some of the local food, homemade tortillas, etc. Great area. Seeing your pics makes me want to go back

That’s a yes on the Mexican food…. pretty much 3 days straight and still not recovered. I was a tad concerned for awhile last night that my wife wouldn’t let me sleep indoors…lol.

Overall ….. it was some of the best Mexican food I’ve eaten. Some of it I couldn’t pronounce or much less type on here. Which I even ate some type of jerky … think they called carne seca. It was different.

As far as not being on here much…. lost my mom back in October and my father in law passed away just a little over a month ago. Both had dementia along with other health issues…… we had our hands full to say the least.

I had this hunt booked since December and a few times I didn’t know if I was going to be able to go.

My FIL was the person I’ve hunted with for the last 34 years….. it’s a lot different for me now. But my grandson just turned 3 at the end of June and starting to get him out tromping around the farm.
 

pentail

Bacon
Staff member
Sep 25, 2002
12,095
Savoring the smoke
That’s a yes on the Mexican food…. pretty much 3 days straight and still not recovered. I was a tad concerned for awhile last night that my wife wouldn’t let me sleep indoors…lol.

Overall ….. it was some of the best Mexican food I’ve eaten. Some of it I couldn’t pronounce or much less type on here. Which I even ate some type of jerky … think they called carne seca. It was different.

As far as not being on here much…. lost my mom back in October and my father in law passed away just a little over a month ago. Both had dementia along with other health issues…… we had our hands full to say the least.

I had this hunt booked since December and a few times I didn’t know if I was going to be able to go.

My FIL was the person I’ve hunted with for the last 34 years….. it’s a lot different for me now. But my grandson just turned 3 at the end of June and starting to get him out tromping around the farm.
Sorry to hear that, JD. That Grandson will keep you out there, though.
 

Feedman

Cyber-Hunter
May 28, 2003
17,715
In the basement
That’s a yes on the Mexican food…. pretty much 3 days straight and still not recovered. I was a tad concerned for awhile last night that my wife wouldn’t let me sleep indoors…lol.

Overall ….. it was some of the best Mexican food I’ve eaten. Some of it I couldn’t pronounce or much less type on here. Which I even ate some type of jerky … think they called carne seca. It was different.

As far as not being on here much…. lost my mom back in October and my father in law passed away just a little over a month ago. Both had dementia along with other health issues…… we had our hands full to say the least.

I had this hunt booked since December and a few times I didn’t know if I was going to be able to go.

My FIL was the person I’ve hunted with for the last 34 years….. it’s a lot different for me now. But my grandson just turned 3 at the end of June and starting to get him out tromping around the farm.
JD,
Sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom and FIL.
I am sure that the Grandson will keep you busy. I bet he has grown a bunch.
 

JGD

6 pointer
Feb 3, 2008
156
Nelson County
JD, sorry to hear about you mother and FIL. Congrats on the speed goat and hang around here during deer season. Always enjoyed your thoughts on the hunt and all things deer.

John
 

Ash12

10 pointer
Oct 21, 2007
1,575
So sorry hear about your Mother and FIL. I sincerely hope you get to enjoy some time in the woods with your Grandson and daughter soon!
 


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