My name is Aaron, 38 years old and stationed here at Fort Carson. After being stationed in Germany for the last four years, I was really looking forward to the 2011 season. I applied for and received a muzzleloader buck pronghorn tag.
My wife's grandparents own a large tract of land in GMU 133, in southern Colorado near Aguilar. All summer long, each time that I went to visit I watched the pronghorn, specifically one buck. I knew he was the one I wanted. I then realized that the rifle season was before the muzzleloader season and that got me to worrying.
A few days before the season, I was talking to my uncle and he mentioned that he had seen this buck within the last few days. He had made it through the rifle season.
I went down to the ranch the night before the season started. The next morning I rose with the sun. Shortly after getting to my overlook I spotted a band of pronghorn. To my surprise, all six animals were bucks.
I watched them for a few minutes, found the buck that I believed I had watched all summer and waited for them to get closer. Once they got to 100 yards, I steadied the muzzleloader and took the shot. He managed to run a short distance, then collapsed.
What a great year. The best part is that in February I will be attending the Colorado Institute of Taxidermy and this will be my first subject.