After the first week of Oklahoma’s new archery season for antelope, a handful of hunters have found success.
But as you would expect, trying to get close enough to an antelope with a bow is proving difficult for most.
Much patience is required.
‘It’s a waiting game,” said Wade Free, biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in northwest Oklahoma.
Most hunters are using pop-blinds around watering holes or hunting crossings where the antelope go to and from food and water, Free said.
The two-week season began last week and as of Sunday, four antelope had been checked in at the Boise City check station, said Joel Peer of Edmond, who took a trip to the Panhandle for the inaugural season.
Peer was lucky enough to get one of the four.
“My friend, Justin, and I were watching two antelope from a distance of about 500 yards in the northeast part of Cimarron County on Thursday,” Peer said. “They were feeding on wheat near a milo field. I started my stalk from the south as the wind was from the north.
“I went through the milo field on my hands and knees. After crawling within 150 yards of the antelope, I saw that one of the antelope was a buck. So, I moved to the edge of the milo and propped up my antelope buck decoy.
“The antelope paid no attention to me and continued feeding. I walked the decoy towards the pair for about ten steps and set the decoy back down into the ground. I looked around the decoy and the buck was running right at me. My heart started racing and I got myself ready.
“I pulled my range finder out when he stopped and ranged him at 60 yards. He challenged me with a ‘snort chuckle’ (a sound made by bucks challenging another buck). His ears were laid back and he continued to walk to within 41 yards.
“I drew my bow and leaned out from the decoy and released the arrow. He turned just as I released and the arrow cut across his back and went into his neck.
“He dropped instantly. Justin tried several other stalks during the next four days, but never got any closer than 70 yards.”
Archery season for antelope is open in Cimarron County and a portion of west Texas County. Check stations are in Boise City and Guymon. The season remains open through Sept. 27.