Antelope Hunting in Oregon
If you're looking to go antelope hunting in Oregon, you've come to the right place! An Oregon antelope hunt is hard to draw—when you get the tag, you'll need all the antelope hunting help you can get. Read on through Gary's antelope hunting articles to find what you need for your next antelope hunt.
In a Good Place
A land swap several years ago, between the BLM and private interests, locked up Karen's favorite hunting grounds on the Roaring Springs Ranch. Karen wanted to see it one last time. She made the call.
Prospecting for Pronghorn: Archery and Blackpowder
For the hunter that chooses the blackpowder or bow and arrow option, an antelope hunt comes along a lot more often. According to the 2013 Oregon Tag Guide, a muzzleloader hunter that applies for the Paulina Unit this year has a 43 percent chance of drawing a tag with only six preference points. The East Fort Rock tag can be drawn with just five points.
Perplexing the Pronghorn – Antics to Arouse the Curiosity of Antelope
It takes patience to hunt pronghorn. In Oregon, years of patience while you wait for the card to show up in the mail. When the season arrives, you’ve got just a few days to find the buck you’re after. You need a few tricks in your bag to close the deal on a buck. If you can perplex him, capitalizing on the animal’s innate curiosity, you can get in position to make the shot.
Waves of heat shimmered across the plain and against the green of the juniper trees that stood in the middle distance before the ground sloped away to the lower country beyond. Thirty miles south of Bly, not far from the California border, Charlie Barley and Vance Allen sat in a homemade blind, dug into the ground and camouflaged with juniper branches and burlap. Glasses up, they kept watch on the expanse before them. Neither spoke.
To the Patient, a Blackpowder Pronghorn
Sagebrush. Sand. Water. Waves of heat shimmered a veil across the distance and his eyes, squinted against the glare, closed... There was no sound except that of a dog lapping water. It registered.
Pronghorns on the Rebound
If you’re one of those hunters who makes a point of applying for an antelope tag every spring, you will, by the law of averages, get to go afield for antelope once every eight to twelve years. If this is your year to hunt or you’re expecting to draw a tag next season, read on.
On the Prowl for a Pronghorn
When you set out to tie your tag to a pronghorn, you’ve got to be mobile and flexible. When you find the herd, they could be feeding out in the middle of a wide-open basin, or resting in the shadow of a rimrock in the badlands. It takes a lot of country to support a herd of antelope and, chances are, you’ll have to look at a lot of it, before you find the buck you’re after.
Hunting Oregon Antelope With a Bogus Bovine and Binoculars
"There's a buck feeding on that far slope. Every now and then he stops to look around,” I whispered. “I think we could get within range.” I put my binoculars down and examined our approach. The ground rose in a gentle swell, crested at a low ridge, troughed in a grassy valley and crested again, tipped with low sagebrush at the top like a breaking wave. The pronghorn buck looked to be at least 1200 yards away. Jerry, who had tagged his antelope on the first day of the season, said “This looks like a job for ol’ Bossy.”