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09 Apr 2019
@ 11:54 am (GMT)

John D. Hays - New Mexico

Drove up to Colorado last weekend, from the southern high-plains to the Rocky Mountains:

Pronghorn Antelope "Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play . . . "



Then they heard a "discouraging word" and ran away. Actually, they didn't like it when I slow-walked closer.



High plains drifters. They really didn't run away, this guy and gals are soooooooo fast. When we are thinking they are running, they think they are just shuffling along. Years ago I was racing a pronghorn on a long flat dirt road, my truck doing 45 miles per hour for almost a mile. Then he got bored and decided to leave. Zing! Gone. Moments later just a speck in the distance. Wow.



Then up to the Rocky Mountain National Park, northwest of Denver.



Here I found the lazy boys, lying in the sun, a copy of the park's No-Hunting regulations in their hip-pockets.



Unimpressed with the mountains of snow, they are shedding their coats getting ready to get fat, sassy and ready for the girly action.

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09 Apr 2019
@ 06:13 pm (GMT)

Jon Short

Re: Game Pix
Awesome!
10 Apr 2019
@ 02:50 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Game Pix
I've been meaning to make this video for a while. So I finally put it together and uploaded it.

I'll try post the video here but I'll put a youtube link in also.



https://youtu.be/MQdYbGanSJU
11 Apr 2019
@ 01:32 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Game Pix
Nice shots, John. Curious though, why the older bulls haven't dropped their antlers yet. Around here they are usually gone by February.
11 Apr 2019
@ 05:18 am (GMT)

John D. Hays

Re: Game Pix

Paul,

I don’t know about that, pronghorns in Canada vs Colorado. Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes?

I saw seven or eight of these harem groups and four solitary bucks, all these from beside the Interstate 25 highway over a hundred mile stretch. All the bucks were wearing horns.

I feel like driving back up to watch them for a couple of days. They don’t mind the cars, but don’t like sneaky pedestrians.

Reading a couple of books right now on pronghorns.
11 Apr 2019
@ 06:57 am (GMT)

John D. Hays - New Mexico

Re: Game Pix

Andrew,

Nice “Roo Family at Home” video. I always like these reality TV shows.

I forgot I was watching an Oz movie until the hoppers appeared.

Thx

I would love to watch more of these game cameras from around the world.
11 Apr 2019
@ 07:39 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Game Pix
It was good to watch, I was a bit disappointed to be honest though... The cameras were out for 2 weeks, this particular one was set to record 1080p video, I thought I had set it to 10MP photos... So it filled up after 3 days. Most of it was triggered by trees or grass. All learning.

No deer, I have 2 more in a different area, a bit further from home, which will hopefully get the goods.

Those prong horn look majestic. And Elk (?) We have nothing quite like that here. In my area we have Rusa deer, and a little further away we get fallow deer. Though we do get Red Deer in certain parts, they tend to be nowhere close to where I am.

Really nice photos
12 Apr 2019
@ 01:42 am (GMT)

mark korte

Re: Game Pix
I don't know if "majestic" is the right word for pronghorns - they're pretty small, but boy are they awesomely fast! And their eye sight is incredible. They are probably my favorite animal to hunt - its all spot and stalk . And the stalk is often long and on your hands/knees and belly crawling. You learn to watch out for cactus and rattle snakes! They mostly live in sagebrush/grassland steppe which is some of the most under appreciated habitat in North America (frequently no mountains and conifer trees - what passes for "beautiful" to most) Its a country that has its own unique suite of creatures.
And to me they are the tastiest large game we have in my part of the world if the meat is handled properly.
12 Apr 2019
@ 01:44 am (GMT)

mark korte

Re: Game Pix
Notice that the two bulls on the left already have new antlers coming.
12 Apr 2019
@ 05:55 am (GMT)

John D. Hays - New Mexico

Re: Game Pix

Mark,

This photo just shows how clued-in these elk are to hunting pressure and hunting season.

They know this National Park is safe from hunters and so don’t worry about lying out sunbathing in plain sight with with a road and pedestrians quite close by.

(Of course they could just be stupid like most gangs of young boys.)
13 Apr 2019
@ 01:40 am (GMT)

mark korte

Re: Game Pix
John -
Yes - we have a refuge on the Missouri River where truly giant bulls utilizing open grassland can be observed easily from the road during the rut. If you are an elk hunter this the place to go to get truly frothed up about chasing elk!
Its also generally my experience that day in and day out bulls leave a lot of the cautionary surveillance to the cows - especially the lead cow. Interestingly buck antelope do the same - the does are the wary and watchful ones of the group and in both cases if the group becomes nervous and begins to move off the males tend to lag at the end of the herd. Just like humans sometimes!
 

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