I love how horns can be tricky

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I have become very intrigued with pronghorn over my scouting the past handful of years. This year I drew a ten point tag in Colorado within the unit I have spent my scouting time.

What I have grown to get giddy excited about is how deceiving horns can be from different angles. This buck gave me a side view for a few minutes and had me on edge because he was in a spot where I haven't known any of the small bucks to hang out. When he gave a front view, he went from meh to hiya.

Let me see your deceiving bucks!

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What's your guess on what he would score?
His cutters don't look that impressive
That was two days ago, and I think if he was measured now, around 73" on my wild assed guess calcumometer. His prongs are out at a 45, so they need a different angle than head on or side view. For me, the heart shape is gorgeous compared to some of the more vertical horns that appear taller and deviates from the typical rules for guessing length and prong height compared to the ear due to the V angle..
 

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They're definitely the toughest game animal to judge on the hoof. Regardless of score I'd be happy to hang a tag on him, but I understand wanting to wait given how many years it took. Hope you find what you are looking for.
 

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Any guesses on this one? My wife killed this one with her bow.
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They're definitely the toughest game animal to judge on the hoof. Regardless of score I'd be happy to hang a tag on him, but I understand wanting to wait given how many years it took. Hope you find what you are looking for.

I'd shoot that one in a heartbeat, I think he is pretty.
 
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No. I looked through my pics and couldn't find it. I thought I had a pic of it saved

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Her buck is gorgeous. I figured a strong 80 since he had no glaring weaknesses, and then took a little off for top end mass. Was it a stalk or a blind?

The way my mind works is to take what I have seen and confirmed a score on, and then add or subtract the comparisons.
 

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Field judging articles help a lot but mass is king with speed goats.

My friend shot one similar framed to mine but his bases nearly all the way up are pop cans. vs mine are more like bars of soap. His likely scores in the mid to high 70s because of those added 2" each or so on mass measurements.
 

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Her buck is gorgeous. I figured a strong 80 since he had no glaring weaknesses, and then took a little off for top end mass. Was it a stalk or a blind?

The way my mind works is to take what I have seen and confirmed a score on, and then add or subtract the comparisons.
I found that buck 4 days before her hunt started about a mile from the windmill and tank we were hunting. We didn't see him opening day. We were sitting in a blind the second evening of the hunt. After the cows had came to drink and left we watched a couple does and small bucks come in. I had been glassing and hadn't seen another goat around. It was hot and we were just quietly talking and not paying much attention since we hadn't seen any others. The sun was just going down I looked up and this guy was standing there. I have no idea what direction he came from. One minute there was nothing around and then there he was the next. I can't believe he didn't blow out of there because I got excited. I tried ranging and it wouldn't work through the blind. I had to open the window a little bit to get a range on him. He was 45 yards. She pinwheeled him perfect. We climbed out of the blind and watched him run about 100 yards and do the death wobbles and fall over. It was pretty dang fun and it was her first animal with a bow.
 

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It was pretty dang fun and it was her first animal with a bow.
I just think they are about the coolest animals to watch and how they can ghost in and out of flat terrain. He looks bigger on the ground than in those photos, I hope he has a cool spot on the wall.

Did the broadhead pass through and the arrow get hung up on the fletching?
 
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