Photo by Bruce Spalding
When my wife and I drove through Comanche National Grasslands, it was a different world. We live in the mountains near Durango, so the flat vastness of the grasslands was quite a contrast.
Back at home, I thought of the many pronghorn we had seen and picked up the Big Game brochure to learn more about hunting them in Colorado. With a little research and a few phone calls, my friend and I applied for the draw.
We had maps for the Grasslands and arrived with time to scout before opening day. Driving around can lead to discovering antelope; and we also subscribe to the “feet on the ground” approach to hunting.
We spotted some bucks against the skyline at 400 yards, but only small ones. Mid-afternoon we began our approach on a distant group of pronghorn. They were walking toward our hidden position – why take a long shot if you don’t have to? At less than 200 yards I couldn’t resist any longer and centered the crosshairs on the herd buck. He folded.
The next morning we spotted a lone pronghorn about 1,000 yards to our south and coming our way. They have binocular vision, so if we moved it would surely see us. He must have thought we were an intruder buck in his territory, or an available doe because he began a suicide run towards us. At 135 yards, the buck stopped and Bruce dropped him in his tracks.
Colorado offers some fun and exciting pronghorn hunting opportunities. You should give it a try!