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A NIGHT IN THE ROCKIES
Nevada Antelope - Dillon Hoyt

Nevada Antelope - Dillon Hoyt

Nevada Antelope - Dillon Hoyt
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I applied for hunts in Nevada, Utah and Colorado in 2015 and after the draws I only had one tag in my pocket. With only two points I drawn a any weapon antelope tag for one of the hardest units to draw in Nevada. This was my first antelope hunt and it would have been much more difficult without help from my friends who are Nevada game wardens and a few friends that I have made online.

I decided to leave home on Thursday, August 20th, for my pronghorn antelope hunt. I was accompanied by my brother-in-law who had never been hunting and my four year old daughter. On Thursday evening we saw three bucks on my unit. We named the biggest buck M1. Friday we covered just shy of 300 miles in my Toyota Camry looking for antelope. The vast majority of the antelope were located within 10 miles of our camp. 

Opening day, August 22nd, we decided to go about five miles north of our camp and try to find M1. We left camp when it was legal to hunt and drove for about 10 minutes before we saw two antelope cross the dirt road on a dead sprint. Guess who it was? M1! He was making a dust trail straight out through an open flat. I got setup on my bipod, took a shot, and missed. He slowed down and I was able to take a second shot as he switched directions about 300 yards away. M1 was down! Unfortunately, I did shoot him in the butt and we didn't get the kill shot on video. I did get some good footage of him during the scouting portion of the hunt and after the shot.

His horns were 14 1/2 and 15 inches long, he had 6 inch bases, and 5 inch prongs. I rough scored him at 78 inches. I decided to do a European mount rather than a shoulder mount. It cost me $3.21 to buy some 40% peroxide from the beauty salon and way more time than I expected.

Hands down the best part of this hunt was having my four year old daughter there with me. I thought she might be scared of the blood, but she thought it was pretty awesome. I particularly, liked when she spilled the beans about me shooting him in the butt, on video. 

I hope that you enjoyed my story, video and pictures.

Dillon Hoyt 

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Average rating from 6 reviews: 5.0 Showing: 3 of 6 Show All
What its all aboutAwesome work Dillon! There are so many great things about this entry. A quality animal, a cute kid and my favorite part of all, a Toyota Camry for the pack out! Written by Kendon on Thu 15 Oct 2015 2:34:25 PM GMT
GreatOh my great Written by Dave on Mon 12 Oct 2015 9:02:41 PM GMT
Meat looks delicious, it's a fun story, and fun to see your little girl along. The potty break in the middle of the video was funny. Written by Liz on Mon 12 Oct 2015 1:50:40 AM GMT
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