Antelope Hunting Equipment Reading PA

Local resource for antelope hunting equipment in Reading. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to hunting rifles, spotting scopes, gun cases, hunting gears, hunting boots, and hunting clothes, as well as advice and content on how to use hunting scents.

Blue Marsh Lake
(610) 376-6337
1268 Pallisades Drive
Leesport, PA
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Dick's Sporting Goods
(610) 323-7100
Coventry Mall
Pottstown, PA
 
Beltzville Lake
(610) 377-0438
2145 Pohopoco Dr
Lehighton, PA
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Prompton Lake
(610) 377-0438
Prompton, PA
Other Activties
Boating; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Mahoning Creek Lake
(814) 257-8811
RD 1 Box 229
New Bethlehem, PA
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Dick's Sporting Goods
(610) 373-7366
Broadcasting Shopping Center
Reading, PA
 
The CRANK
(610) 898-1500
203 West Penn Avenue
Wernersville, PA
 
Allegheny National Forest
(814) 723-5150
222 Liberty Street
Warren, PA
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Auto Touring; Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Tioga-Hammond Lakes
(570) 835-5281
RR 1 Box 65
Tioga, PA
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Shenango River Lake
(724) 962-7746
2442 Kelly Road
Hermitage, PA
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Wyoming Antelope Hunting Overview

Antelope are probably the best big game animal for an eastern hunter to experience on their first trip out west, but they are among the least desirable. Everyone wants an elk, but for someone who isn’t used to reading maps, hunting public lands, still hunting dark timber, spotting and stalking, backpacking in rugged terrain, judging tremendous distances and is new to big game applications and preference point systems, antelope are a better first time experience.

For a new western big game hunter, antelope have the advantage of being extremely visible.  They do not hide, as their eyesight is their primary defense.  Antelope feel secure in the wide open spaces where they can see danger approaching. Finding them is the easy part, determining whether or not the ground you are hunting is public or private and then how to reach those animals is the hard part.

The first and really the only state that needs to come to mind for antelope hunting is Wyoming.  Sure, nearly all of the Western and Great Plains states have some degree of antelope hunting (Montana is a not too distant second best for the nonresident), but Wyoming’s abundant public lands and huge antelope populations rightfully put them at the top of the list. 

And they’re relatively cheap to hunt.  At $48 for doe tags in Wyoming, and the ability to have up to 4 of them, plus one or two buck tags for $286 apiece, that’s a lot of entertainment for your dollar compared to elk hunting.  As long as you allow for enough time to blow a few stalks in an area with enough huntable land, you should have no trouble filling as many tags as you can buy.  In my group, we’ve only had one hunter go home without filling a tag over the last three years. 

For 2011, I’m allowing for 3 full days of hunting for some friends of mine that are coming out from California to fill about 12 tags before we continue on to our deer area.  This is in no way unreasonable, as just last year, all four tags (2 guys, 2 tags each) in the truck I was hunting in were filled, with animals deboned and in coolers by noon of the first morning.  And that includes me missing one shot after a long stalk.  The point is, in abundant antelope country with enough different herds to hunt it’s really no problem to blow a stalk or miss a shot, then regroup and try again.  There’s always another opportunity over the next rise.  And I’ve only once hunted an antelope opener.  To me, I prefer the lower pressure a week or three into the season, even though the antelope tend to be a little spookier. 

How do you get an antelope tag in Wyoming?  Well, the application deadline is March 15th, so you better get cracking.  Because the success rates are so high (there’s something seriously wrong with a unit if the success is less than 80%), all tags are limited.  You can have three applications, one for a full price (buck) ...

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