Casper Wyoming, 2009



Carol and I planned to return to Wyoming for an Antelope hunt, and in 2009 I was fortunate to draw a tag again in area 32, south of Casper.  This time I had a preference point in the draw, so that really helps increase the odds of drawing.  As usual, we base camped in motel in town.

We saw good numbers of Antelope during our scouting, a big improvement in numbers since I last hunted here in '06.  They have had improved rains, and water was seemingly plentiful, and it showed in the number of animals.  We didn't see a lot of mature bucks however, so I think the area will improve over the next 2 - 3 years.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

I shot this young buck on opening morning, and it wasn't the animal I was looking for.  I mistook the buck for another, and he was on a dead run when I took the shot.  My first shot was a clean miss, and in chambering another round I guess I picked up on the wrong buck.  My second shot was right through the shoulder, exactly where I wanted it, but not in the buck I wanted.  Shoulda, woulda, coulda, these things happen.

Faced with about a half mile drag, and with only my blushing bride for help, I packed the buck on a pack frame and walked him back to the truck.  You can see how open the country is, and we enjoyed that beautiful blue sky for our entire trip.  We could not have asked for better weather.

Antelope Buck

Here is the little buck I killed this year.  I used my faithful Mauser '98 in .338 Win Mag to drop him on the run at 200 yards.

Packing It Out

With head and lower legs removed, this buck was a comfortable load on my pack frame.  We drove the truck within about a half mile, and packed it out.


And here is my scout.  She has become pretty good at spotting Antelope.