By Zach Lazzari
Each year, our hunting season begins in August with the Wyoming Archery Antelope hunts! Hunting antelope during archery season is an absolute thrill. Before jumping in the blind, it’s important to make sure your bow is tuned. You should be shooting consistent, tight groupings out to 40 yards at a minimum.
When preparing for an archery antelope hunt, here are a few of the things we like our hunters to consider at Table Mountain Outfitters:
Early Season antelope hunts are a different beast when compared to chasing elk and mule deer through the mountains. Expect some heat and prepare for rugged, dry country.
Lightweight boots and breathable clothing are an absolute necessity. Clothing that helps perspiration circulate and evaporate will keep you more comfortable on the warmer days. Still, wear long sleeves and pants to provide camouflage and sun protection. A hat will also help manage the sun, especially if you’re lining up a shot when the sun is at a low angle.
Don’t forget to bring along plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day!
Hunting from Blinds
Our archery antelope hunts take place from ground blind locations. Blinds are strategically set near water locations frequented by antelope throughout the day. Our guides work hard to set these blinds in locations to maximize your opportunities. You should expect to walk to the blind in the morning after daylight. Then, focus on your entire the field of vision across the landscape. Be ready! Don’t be surprised to see a shooter buck visit the water hole at any time throughout the day.
Blind hunts are a game of patience. Unlike elk hunts that require grueling hikes, a blind hunt for antelope requires patience, and the ability to focus and remain quiet for a few hours at a time. Wear camouflage or even dark clothing inside the blind. You might even consider using face paint. Once you’re in the blind, enjoy spending time in the quiet, while watching animals as they drink and migrate through the area.
Harvesting an Antelope in the Heat
Hot archery season weather requires quick attention to remove meat from the field. At Table Mountain Outfitters, your guide will be prepared to dress and move the antelope quickly. This ensures all of the meat is processed while retaining the highest level of quality possible. On any antelope hunt, meat care is a high priority. After taking photos in the field, you and your guide will get right to work, field dressing your antelope.
Once it’s taken from the field, we can send your meat to a local processing facility. Alternatively, we can quarter it for you to take home, or you can use our stainless steel tables to cut and package it for the trip home.
Guided Antelope Hunts with Table Mountain Outfitters
If you’d like to learn more about our Wyoming antelope hunts, whether during archery or rifle season, please take a look at our Antelope Hunting Page. Additionally, you can find details about our recommended gear and other logistics on our Hunting Information Page.
If you’d like to speak with us about upcoming availability or to begin planning your hunting adventure, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you plan an exciting antelop hunt here in Wyoming!