Archery season to rifle season

September 29, 2017:

I took my family out to look at fall colors and look for elk around Laramie Peak. Unfortunately, it rained really hard and we didn’t see any elk. We did have some amazing PB&J’s for dinner and the fall colors were amazing.

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Archery season ended on September 30th for elk and October 4th for antelope so it was time to break out my rifle. I took my son to sight in my Tikka T3 Lite chambered in 7mm Rem Mag because I switched to a Barnes Vor-tx lead-free bullet. I was three inches to the right and low, so I started adjusting my sights until I was 1.5 inches high at 100 yards (zeroed at 200).

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I took these pictures at work. I have a hard job. But someone has to do it.

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October 5, 2017: 

I let my four-year-old son skip pre-school to hunt opening morning with me before I had to go to work. We started our day locating, shooting at, and missing, this buck from a little over 300 yards 15 minutes into the season.

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After I missed, he went up on the private property to hide so we went to look for a buck somewhere else and we saw a lot of hunters on public land and a lot of antelope on private land. We had a lot of fun, but in the end, we came home empty-handed.

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October 6, 2017: 

I had to work until 4:00 PM, but then I was home and started loading up my gear. My six-year-old daughter asked if she could go with me, so of course, I said yes. My four-year-old son also wanted to go, but I knew we would be hiking and he is more of a road hunter at this point.

My daughter and I drove out to look for the buck I missed on opening morning and found a really small buck that had been with him yesterday, but he was not there.

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Then we went to take a hike on a section of state land that is about 20 minutes from our house. We got out of the car, crossed the right-of-way fence, and within 30 seconds I saw 2 bucks running right towards us. My daughter and I laid down on the ground and I had a shot at the small buck when he stopped, but the bigger buck never stopped. So, we stood up and ran about 120 yards around the little knob they had gone up over and the bigger buck was about 50 yards from us coming off the top of the knob. I made my shot count and he didn’t go very far. It all happened so fast.

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He is not as big as the buck antelope I got in Nevada in 2015, but he is a very respectable buck for the unit where I got him. The unit was my second choice in the draw and is 90% private land. I am very happy.

The best part of this hunt for me was sharing another great hunting moment with my wonderful daughter. She has been with me when I have taken both of my antelope. She must be my good luck charm.

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