August 15, 2017 (Archery antelope season opened):
On the 15th, I took my family (wife and four kids) for a long drive to see if we could find a buck on public land. This unit is about 90% private lands, but it is possible to find the antelope on public lands if you are persistent. We saw one buck antelope on public land, and some bison, some deer, and some other things. I thought it was fun, our six-year-old daughter complained a lot. My wife took pictures of pretty weeds that had flowered along the road, which made her happy.
After the 15th, I didn’t get to hunt until the 22nd, because we had tens of thousands of people come to the park where I work to view the solar eclipse. The eclipse plans that we made worked extremely well and everyone had a great time. We had more than double the number of people in the park at one time that had ever happened in park history.
August 22, 2017:
I went out in the evening and saw 12 does. No bucks.
August 23, 2017:
I went to back to school night and on the way home, we saw a buck antelope on a parcel of state land. So, I ran home and grabbed my bow. I came back, got in position, everything was perfect until I missed. My arrow went right over his back. These are pictures of the buck I missed. I found my arrow!
(These photos were taken on the 18th from about 500 yards away so they are a little blurry)
August 24, 2017:
I took my four-year-old some with me and we went hunting all morning. We saw a lot of antelope, including about 16 buck antelope on public lands, but it was really hard to spot and stalk the bucks with a little boy with me. 13 of those bucks were in a bachelor herd.
We had a lot of fun together and that is ultimately what really matters.
And the hunt continues for the elusive pronghorn antelope of eastern Wyoming.