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Antelope Hunting in Texas

 

Formed in 1987, Wildlife Systems offers pronghorn antelope hunts on the sprawling A.S. Gage Ranch, located in Brewster and Presidio counties.  This region has historically been noted as being a popular destination for hunters who are interested in pursuing this most unique game animal in a part of the country that is big and unspoiled. Some people refer to this area as the Big Bend Region of Texas and is indeed a stone’s throw from Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, but what makes this part of the world so special is the pristine character of the Chihuahuan Desert that is comprised of millions of acres of huge, privately-owned lands that have been undeveloped and offer panoramic views that are simply breath-taking. The short-grass prairies of this area offer excellent habitat for pronghorns, as well as a great diversity of other wildlife.

 

More About Pronghorn Antelope Hunting

 

Pronghorn antelope are unique game animals, found exclusively in North America. Abundant throughout various areas of the West and Southwest, these animals are typical antelope in that they prefer to inhabit relatively open terrain where they can take advantage of their exceptional eyesight. One thing that does separate pronghorns from all other antelope species, and all other horned ungulates, is their horn structure. They are the only species to annually shed their horn sheath, and they are also the only animal to have a forked horn design. They are well known for their high-speed mobility and commonly referred to as the fastest land mammal in North America, thus making pronghorn antelope hunting an exciting and challenging experience. A mature buck may sport horns up to 17 inches in length but anything over 13 inches is considered desirable and most of our hunters take 14” – 15” antelope. They will normally weigh between 110-140 live weight.

 

What Is Included With Your Hunt?

 

Wildlife Systems provides you with guide (2x1), meals, lodging, and game care. If you choose to upgrade to a 1x1 guide, there is an additional fee. Lodging is provided on the ranch in a comfortable facility and sleeping is typically based on double occupancy per bedroom. Our chef will provide 3 meals a day. No alcoholic beverages are provided, so you’ll need to bring whatever spirited drinks you wish to partake at the end of the day. Wildlife Systems guides skin, cape, and quarter you pronghorn antelope. We can either arrange for the taxidermy work at our taxidermist, who can ship the mount to you upon completion, or you can take cape/horns back with you. Should we have to ship your frozen cape/horns to your taxidermist, there will be a nominal service fee on top of the over-night UPS charges. We do not ship meat, so if you want your meat, you’ll need to take that with you.

 

What Can I Expect On This Hunt?

 

Hunters can expect to see an abundance of pronghorn antelope. Though average sizes can vary from year to year, most hunters should expect to have opportunities at pronghorn bucks with 14” – 15” horns. This is always a high percentage hunting opportunity, rarely below 100% success rate, so your chances are virtually assured at being able to collect a nice trophy for your game room.

 

License For Texas Antelope Hunting

 

Through a landowner tag system, your hunting license on your pronghorn antelope hunt is guaranteed with no lottery or drawing. Total cost of your license and tag is $315 for non-residents, but non-residents youths who are less than 17 years of age qualify for the $7.00 youth license. No additional license or tag fees are incurred by Texans whom possess a Texas resident hunting license. You can simply fill out our Hunter Profile form and send that back to us with your license fees, and we will have your hunting license waiting for you, or you can procure the license yourself.

 

Guns and Gear

 

Pronghorn antelope hunting does not require a large caliber, but due to the open terrain and the keen eye-sight of pronghorns, a flat shooting rifle is recommended. We do recommend a minimum of a 120 grain bullet and we discourage use of high expandable bullets on any of our big game hunts. Recommended calibers include 25-06, .270, .280, 30-06, and 7mm. A .243 is sufficient, but is a bit on the light side. We recommend that your gun be sighted in dead on at 100 yards, as you can elevate if necessary. Do NOT have your gun sighted in 3" high at 100 yards.

 

Light weight clothing is recommended, but check the weather for Alpine a few days prior to the hunt to help determine what to pack. Camo or drab colored hunting attire is recommended. Binoculars are a must. The guide will normally have a spotting scope and shooting stick, so if you are flying, you need not worry about packing those items. You may also want to bring sunscreen and any other regular hunting gear that would normally accompany you on these types of hunts.

 

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