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Title: 2016 Speed Goat
Post by: Doug Campbell on October 04, 2016, 10:29:00 AM
It’s been a  tough fall for chasing my favorite western critter, the Antelope. I prefer spot and stalking these guys but it’s been very hot and dry turning everything you step on or crawl thru crunchy. Goats rely mostly on their incredible eyesight but certainly get suspicious of what sounds like a 165 pound baby elephant coming their way…
Anyway I did get a few stalks in and got real close on some good bucks but just never connected. With the season winding down I figured I’d better get serious about filling a tag if we wanted Antelope in the freezer this winter.
On this day it was another hot dry one with very little wind so I elected to sit on a spot where the goats water in the river. I’m too claustrophobic for blind sitting so usually strap a short ladder stand into one of the willow or hawthorn bushes along the river. The rut was winding down so there were a few desperate bucks running around looking for those last “hot” does. After a couple hours this guy came in for a quick drink…
He pretty much ran right to the bank and plunged his muzzle into the river. At 12 steps that bare area just behind his shoulder was calling for my arrow then a nice three blade cut appeared as the arrow passed thru and stuck in the mud beyond him. He started like he’d been skeeter bit then went right back to drinking like nothing happened. I’ve shot a lot of critters but had never seen one react like this. He just kept drinking while blood pumped out into the grass under him. It was obvious the hit was lethal but I still almost sent another arrow then he slowly started tipping over onto his nose into the 12” deep water. He laid there with his head underwater then I think realized he was drowning and went to flopping. He was 15’ out into the river before he finally succumbed to the lack of blood to his brain. Pretty amazing what a well placed arrow will do and how some critters react.
   (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/gotahunt/329A3C06-0429-4E03-BA1C-EF913C6CD947_zpssn34p94d.jpg)
   (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/gotahunt/636F1ED3-A739-488F-87FD-D4E6566B8456_zpstkevmez0.jpg)
   (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v82/gotahunt/IMG_3735_zpssvlzhbtp.jpg)
Title: Re: 2016 Speed Goat
Post by: Bisch on October 04, 2016, 11:20:00 AM
That's awesome!

Congrats!

Bisch
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Post by: Huntrdfk on October 04, 2016, 11:30:00 AM
That's amazing Doug! Congrqts!

David
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Post by: Buckeye1977 on October 04, 2016, 11:59:00 AM
:thumbsup:
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Post by: Nook on October 04, 2016, 03:42:00 PM
Wow.  Love the last picture.  Congrats Doug
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Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on October 04, 2016, 08:50:00 PM
Congrats Doug. Nice goat and neat story.
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Post by: meathead on October 04, 2016, 09:10:00 PM
Nice way to end the season.
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Post by: joe ashton on October 04, 2016, 10:12:00 PM
Way to go...
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Post by: SAM E. STEPHENS on October 06, 2016, 11:49:00 AM
Great shot , Congrats....

,,Sam,,
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Post by: SC Bowhunter on October 07, 2016, 01:39:00 PM
:thumbsup:     :thumbsup:
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Post by: Warden609 on October 10, 2016, 04:48:00 PM
Man what a neat hunt. Congrats
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Post by: Doug Campbell on October 12, 2016, 06:20:00 PM
Thanks guys!
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Post by: Chisler on October 26, 2016, 10:35:00 PM
Great hunt Doug.  Love the pictures.
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Post by: Big Ed on October 27, 2016, 06:30:00 PM
Way to go buddy!!
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Post by: Hummer3T on October 27, 2016, 07:31:00 PM
Congrats, love the picture in the creek.
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Post by: KyStickbow on November 26, 2016, 12:53:00 AM
Congrats!
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Post by: Phillip Fields on November 26, 2016, 07:13:00 AM
Congrats. I really need to do another pronghorn hunt.
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Post by: Jayrod on November 27, 2016, 08:32:00 AM
Congratulations awesome speed goat!
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Post by: Jesse Minish on November 27, 2016, 11:02:00 AM
Nice goat!
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Post by: ZSL on November 27, 2016, 11:34:00 PM
what a cool story!