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Cedarsavage

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I’m planning my vacation time for the year...last time I went antelope hunting I killed my buck and doe the first day. I’m not sure if that’s typical since it’s the only time I’ve been. If I give myself a full day of scouting, and 3 days for hunting, is that enough or should I allow two more?
 
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That should be perfect. You probably won’t need that much time but sometimes hunting pressure/lack of animals can change things. Sounds like a solid plan
 

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I think it depends on if you are holding out for a mature animal or just looking for a nice representative of the species. For myself I would easily expect to be done in 3-4 days. But I wouldn’t be looking for a big mature goat either.
 

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I wouldn't go for less than a week. Traveling to hunt is a big deal to me and if I tag out there is still sight seeing to be done and enjoying the trip itself.

Might take a couple of days, most likely gonna be a first light on opening day kind of thing.
 
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I’m trying to optimize my time and get as much travel hunting as I can in. Right now I have 10 days counting travel for an archery elk hunt, this trip a day to rifle hunt here, and if I get done early with antelope I’m thinking about tentatively penciling in an archery deer trip. October is pretty tough here unless everything is right. I’d like to give myself a higher odds option for my trad bow, but also look at how much time I need to have a decent chance. Might be able to get some comp time or move things around if I get my antelope quickly. It seems to tough to balance opportunities with ample time. I guess that’s the battle right? Good problem to have. Thankful to have time off, funds and a wife that doesn’t stand in the way.
 
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I wouldn't go for less than a week. Traveling to hunt is a big deal to me and if I tag out there is still sight seeing to be done and enjoying the trip itself.

Might take a couple of days, most likely gonna be a first light on opening day kind of thing.
Yup lots invested in these trips don’t want to spread too thin
 

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I’m planning my vacation time for the year...last time I went antelope hunting I killed my buck and doe the first day. I’m not sure if that’s typical since it’s the only time I’ve been. If I give myself a full day of scouting, and 3 days for hunting, is that enough or should I allow two more?
If it were me...I'd rather get 2 full days of scouting in and then a couple days to hunt.

Find a buck you want, watch him until dark, then get him killed right away on opening day.
 
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If it were me...I'd rather get 2 full days of scouting in and then a couple days to hunt.

Find a buck you want, watch him until dark, then get him killed right away on opening day.
Last time I broke up the 18 hr drive in two days with about 8hrs the second day. Got on the road early and had a half day before the whole day. So 1.5, would you still go for more? I had about 6 bucks found and some boys from Nebraska beat me to plan a, so I moved onto b and had him dead at 9am. When I was headed to plan c for does a guy from Minnesota told me he missed that herd buck from a skinny section of blm and they went on to private. This year I’m gonna take a better tent setup now that I know a better spot to camp in shelter. I had ended up staying in town an hour away cuz everything was drenched in rain/snow and all I had was a backpacker setup right on the ground. I was a little slow on the draw leaving a warm bed in the motel.
 

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Last time I broke up the 18 hr drive in two days with about 8hrs the second day. Got on the road early and had a half day before the whole day. So 1.5, would you still go for more? I had about 6 bucks found and some boys from Nebraska beat me to plan a, so I moved onto b and had him dead at 9am. When I was headed to plan c for does a guy from Minnesota told me he missed that herd buck from a skinny section of blm and they went on to private. This year I’m gonna take a better tent setup now that I know a better spot to camp in shelter. I had ended up staying in town an hour away cuz everything was drenched in rain/snow and all I had was a backpacker setup right on the ground. I was a little slow on the draw leaving a warm bed in the motel.
Whatever you think you need, but I would rather hunt 2 days and scout 3-4. Pronghorn don't move around much until the shooting starts. Even if they get run around a bit, they always come home.

Knowing where those bucks like to spend their time before the season, and sorting through all you can, is always a good idea, IME.

I probably scout 2-3 times more days than I actually hunt. In fairness, I'm pretty picky when it comes to pronghorn.
 

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Where are you hunting and how many points are you burning? But as others have said, I’d scout for two and hunt for two on a four day hunt without knowing more.
 
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