Pronghorn Hunts

We can set up your next Pronghorn hunt as we have places in Texas and out West.

Michael Marbach
July 1, 2014
Pronghorn and Kids: A Great Combination
I was lucky enough to travel to Wyoming a few years ago to hunt pronghorn antelope. I had learned that pronghorn outnumbered the people that live in Wyoming and that the city of Gillette had the largest herd in the world living in that area. After a little research, I found that the flights from Texas went through Denver, Colorado, and it was a short three-hour trip from San Antonio to Gillette. After landing, we hit the road and immediately started seeing prong-horns on our trip to the ranch.
We knew we were going to be hunting over water holes with bows and could not wait to fling some arrows at the range. Pronghorns have to water several times over the course of a day, and with a little luck, we would see firsthand. There are some very unique attributes that pronghorn seem to have and I found it very cool and wanted to share it with you. Did you know that pronghorns shed their horns each year? It seems that each year after the rut they lose the outer sheath. It then grows again all winter and reaches full size again in the spring. The horn is made up of stiff, hair like, substance similar to your Ḁngernails. Pronghorns are the fastest mammals in North America. Almost rabbit like, they run with a bounce and can cover 14 to 24 feet per stride! They can run up to 60 miles per hour and can continue that pace out to nine miles. Pronghorns would make an impressive Olympic track stars for sure. Unfortunately, there are predators that can run just as fast, but cannot keep it up for long distances. Most predators can run high speed in a burst for 300 yards, then seem to hit a wall, so most pronghorns can avoid being “it” in a deadly game of tag. In addition to speed with endurance, another great quality that pronghorns have for survival is incredible vision. Because their eyes are as large as a horse’s eyes and even protrude (stick out) from their head, they can see a wide field of vision, which is quite helpful where they roam. Pronghorns live on the open range where they can see their predators coming for hundreds of yards. I think that is why I like hunting them so much because you can see so many on the open range; but make no mistake, they can see you as well. Pronghorns are a lot like our Texas whitetail. The will mate in the fall and they have their babies in May and June. The scent of a pronghorn fawn is almost non-existent so the female can leave her young hidden on the prairie while she feeds herself. If the female has twins, she will hide them in separate places, so that if by chance a predator finds one, both will not be killed. Another way they are comparable to the Texas whitetail deer is that they do not compete with cows for the same food sources. A pronghorn likes to eat forbs such as sagebrush and other similar plants. The winters can be very tough in Wyoming but pronghorns have found several ways to survive the harsh winters. First, like a group hug, they herd together in their winter ranges along windswept ridges for shelter. Second, those ridges and draws also offer the juniper and sage brush for food. Then to top it off, their winter coat is made of hollow hair, which is a very good insulation from the cold. To me a pronghorn hunt should be on a short list of hunts to share with a young person or family member. I have been on three pronghorn hunts through the years, two that were in Texas and one in Wyoming. Though I have taken three really nice prong-horn, I cannot wait to go again. To date I have taken two with a rifle and one with a bow. Either way, it is a lot of fun and can be quite challenging. Depending on where you go, you can also do a combo hunt, as we did, while we were in Wyoming. Over the course of our prong-horn hunt, the mule deer season started and a couple of my friends chose to chase the big prairie deer after taking their pronghorn. The bucks in the Gillette area were very respectable animals and hunting them on the rim rock was a blast. We saw numbers of deer each day and several nice bucks. Just being in the vast beautiful landscape in Wyoming was breathtaking, but the wildlife makes it the hunt of a lifetime. If you’re looking for a great adventure this is one you should check out. Not only are the views breathtaking and the hunting full of excitement, but also the feeling of being back in time on uncharted territory is amazing. There are lots of things one can choose to do in this big world of ours, but one to be checked off is an antelope hunt in some the Lord’s most majestic country.