Antelope Hunting Equipment Rockford IL

Local resource for antelope hunting equipment in Rockford. 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.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(815) 397-7115
Rockford Crossings
Rockford, IL
 
JCPenney
(815) 398-5440
1280 S Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL
 
Cycloid Corporation
(815) 398-1074
1800 Broadway
Rockford, IL
 
Jr`s Mobile Home Service
(815) 229-7030
4990 Guilford Road
Rockford, IL
 
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District - Shelterhouses- Permits- Equest
(815) 877-6100
5500 Northrock Drive
Rockford, IL
 
Kegel`s Bicycle & Store
(815) 229-5826
2605 Charles Street
Rockford, IL
 
Action License & Title
(815)226-0626, (815)226-0682
2448 South Alpine Road
Rockford, IL
 
Club-Conex
(815) 639-0300
304 South Chicago Avenue
Rockford, IL
 
Garrett`s Cafe Grill and Drink
(815) 484-9473
1631 North Bell School Road
Rockford, IL
 
Meridian Implement CO
(815) 965-0636
1011 South Meridian Road
Rockford, IL
 

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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