5 Great Ways to Get Your Goat This Season
August 18, 2015
Antelope hunts can take many shapes for the open-minded bowhunter. Watch Tony Peterson put an arrow through an antelope while horse hunting in this clip from Bowhunter TV.
I partially blame outdoor television for the general lack of interest in antelope hunting. It's far easier to arrow an antelope on camera from a pop-up blind on a waterhole than it is to crawl into bow-range, so we are subjected to the same type of antelope show over and over.
And no matter how much fancy editing is done, it's still pretty boring to see a bunch of cutaways of some dude sweating in a blind and telling the viewers how hard he is working at killing an antelope. Then the goat shows up, slurps some water, and catches an arrow in his chest. Lather, rinse, repeat.
This also leaves plenty of first-timers on the antelope prairie thinking they too need to sit in a blind to kill an antelope. This belief leads to a couple of quick speed scouting missions where pond edges are scoured for heart-shaped antelope tracks. It also leads to a lot of frustration as far as antelope hunting is concerned. Water-hole hunting is mentally draining and often unproductive, especially if you don't have the means to scout before your hunt.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to kill a goat. And if you're dead-set on shooting one on a prairie pond, that's okay. We'll cover that method too.