I still love this photo! It's one of those classic pictures that will always stick in my mind. For those of you who don't know, the buck on the left is DW and was taken in 2003 by Pat Brewer. The buck scores 94 B&C and ranks number 4. The buck on the right is JoeBoo and was taken in 2002 by Dr. David Meyer. JoeBoo is the current B&C World Record.
Had DW not had a broken left horn tip and broken left prong he would have shattered the world record! For reference check this out - DW's right horn scored 49 6/8 on it's official SCI score sheet!
For anyone looking to take long range photos of pronghorn (or anything) check out the digiscoping section of Bird Forum. I've been browsing around over there for a couple weeks and it's one of the better digiscoping forums I've found. I should have some fancy new camera equipment soon to test out. I'll post the results of the test here so you guys don't waste all your money buying stuff that doesn't work (I'll have gotten that out of the way for you! :) If anyone knows of another good digiscoping forum please post the link below in the comments section.
Rodney wrote us an email recently letting us know that his buck from Arizona's Unit 7 officially scored 84 2/8 and qualifies for the B&C All-Time record book. Congrats once again on a great buck.
I added the Arizona and New Mexico antelope auction tag results to the Stats page. I also added a few captions indicating the official scores to the Field Photos 2008 page. I'm far from done updating both the Stats page and the Field Photos pages, but I'll continue updating each one little by little until they're both as complete as I can make them. If there are any particular statistics you'd like to see on our Stats page let me know in the comments section and I'll dig something up!
I've heard many horror stories of guides and outfitters not following through with what they had promised their clients. I'm not sure if there's ever a way to know if what you're getting is the real deal until you've actually gotten it. A lot of times just visiting the outfitters website can give you a good idea if what they're selling is legit. You can look for repeat clients in the photos, press articles that may have been published, and references listed on their site. Sometimes you can even talk to the guides and outfitters on some of the hunting forums and ask friends you've met on the boards or just your friends you've had for years.....
Here's a buck we found in 2005 while scouting for the Arizona auction tag hunter. We had actually never scouted this unit prior to 2005. We drove through the unit once to get to another unit and saw some decent bucks so we came back to check it out more thoroughly. When we found this buck we figured we were "done" scouting for the auction tag hunt because we thought this buck would score over 90-inches. Unfortunately, when we located D2 on July 12th he had broken his left horn tip (you can see this in the bottom photo) and we had to hunt a different buck. We never saw this buck again, but we did hear rumors of a giant being taken out of this unit that same year.
We've seen over 100 billys and several we think are in the upper 40's and maybe even nearing the 50-inch range. Today was our first day of actual hunting and we haven't had much luck relocating these crazy animals. Here are some of the photos we've taken during the last few days. What do you guys think?
My Dad and I are on our way to New Mexico tomorrow morning for an Ibex hunt in the Florida Mountains! It should be a blast. We may have WiFi at our motel - if we do I'll try to post some photos of what we're up to over there.
Finally back online. The move was fun. I have super speed internet now. I'll try to get back to updating as soon as I can, but the unpacking feels like it's going to take years.