This hunt started the fall off in style with this heavy-horned, public land, do-it-yourself Wyoming antelope. After passing up a couple of border-line Pope & Young bucks, I spot and stalked this dude last night and hammered him on film with a beautiful arrow pushed by 78 ft lbs of bone-crushing kinetic energy, which is especially devastating when led by a wicked, razor sharp broadhead. This gnarly buck ("Antelope Camp" mate Guy Eastman marveled at the size of the old boy's head) surprised us as he was knocked clean off of his feet like he'd stepped on a patch of ice, with the impact of the arrow.
I was impressed, especially considering that I had similar results on my spring bear in Alaska. I tell you what, my bow, arrow and broadhead combo is killing it --nasty, hard-hitting and insanely accurate. You can be rest assured, my hard-earned confidence from a summer of working obsessively toward bowhunting perfection is peaking as we head toward September...it is Showtime and I am pumped. Yes, I love bowhunting!!!
Incidentally, this buck, the fourth Pope & Young caliber antelope I have spot and stalked on film, is my best ever. A little known fact...I have spot and stalked every antelope I've killed, which is not really the norm with a bow. Most guys sit water to find bowhunting success on eagle-eyed and cat-quick pronghorn. I not only lack the patience to be a good waterhole sitter, but more than anything, I love the art of spot and stalk. It is one of bowhunting's ultimate tests. While this guy is not my tallest buck, with all the mass, he will score very well. Mass trumps length nearly every time when scoring antelope.
As with any successful spot and stalk hunt captured for TV I gotta give a lot of credit to the man behind the camera, in this case Perry Knetter. This was not only the fist time I've had a chance to hunt with Perry, but also the very first time I'd ever met him. I can't say enough good about ol' Uncle Pear. A quality guy, who was more than willing to crawl through cactus, brush and over the knee banging rocks of the sun-drenched Wyoming desert.
Stalk after stalk I would look back to see a big smile on Perry's face as sweat beaded on his brow and rolled down his cheeks. We worked our tails off in the searing heat and had a blast the entire time. Great cameraman...I can't wait to see what Eastmans' TV guru Nate Simmons and his production team does with the footage. BTW...Nate anchored his first ever antelope, a nice P&Y class buck from a strategically located blind on a waterhole. The cool part...he filmed himself kill it and better yet, the buck piled up in view. Nice work Natron.
I have been real lucky on all my antelope hunts for Eastmans'. From Guy to Nate to Perry we have teamed up to capture some memorable hunts on film featuring one of the toughest spot and stalk animals of all time. Thanks guys!!! To watch some intense spot and stalk antelope bowhunting try to get a hold of Eastmans' Bowhunting Volume I or EBV II, which chronicled my first two hunts or tune in to Outdoor Channel and catch the new stuff on Eastmans'
Interested in setting up your own do-it-yourself antelope hunt? Keep an eye out on www.eastmans.com for Mike Eastman's upcoming book, which will cover this topic in detail. There is little doubt Mike's work is sure to be a best-seller...he has been hunting antelope longer than I have been alive!!!
Keep hunting hard, Cam