Archery pronghorn seasons are kicking off this week across the West. There are a number of ways to bowhunt pronghorn including stalking, decoying and waiting in ambush. I'm an ambush kind of guy. It's not that I'm not in good enough shape to stalk or decoy, I've had my share of those experiences, it's just that I know from experience what works for me.
I like confidence when I bowhunt and hunting from a ground blind gives me that edge. Pronghorn come in for a drink or to nibble at a food source, and busy themselves at the chore at hand while you comfortably aim. In most cases you have time to range, settle your aim and make a good shot. I like that and although it might not be as exciting as stalking, it fits my comfort level.
If you're having trouble getting comfortable blind hunting, here are a few tips. First, get a roomy blind such as the Boiler Room from Hunter's Specialties (www.hunterspec.com). Next, put a piece of carpet on the floor to quiet any crunchy grass and to give your knees a rest if you shoot kneeling. Furnish your blind with a comfy, yet quiet folding chair and add a cushion if needed. Bring along a small cooler with lunch and drinks. You can move in your blind so have a nice meal while you wait.
To pass the time I bring along a book, some magazines and even radio with ear buds to listen to my favorite music or talk show host. You swap that out for an iPod if that fits your style. You can also bring along a cell phone if you have service, but don't get too wrapped up in any of these gadgets and miss the action.
Keep these tips in mind for pronghorn, deer or elk and get ready, hunting season is off and running.
I hope the Domino's delivery guy gets here soon before the pronghorn show up.