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If the key to your breakout bow season is doing something you’ve never done before, this should qualify: Walk a horse to within bow range of a pronghorn. One day, Rick Richards of Western Ranch Outfitters (westernhunts.com) in Newell, S.D., noticed a herd of antelope feeding among a group of horses and thought, Hey, that might work. Now he guides clients to big pronghorns by hiding behind a horse as he and his sport walk into bow range. “Turns out, antelope don’t know how many legs the horse has,” says Richards.
Still, getting bow-close to flighty antelope requires a slow and careful approach. “A goat will get a little nervous when it sees the horse, even from 600 yards or more,” he says. “From the start, you need to stop regularly, glass closely, and each time wait for the animal to calm down and accept the horse’s presence.” Little by little, you can mosey within 50, 40, 30, or even fewer yards. If you have or can rent a horse, you can try it yourself, but I recommend having Richards show you the ropes first.