Those who know me know that when it comes to Western big game hunting, I’m a bona fide speed goat freak.
My pronghorn antelope obsession stems back from the many drives my family and I took through northeastern New Mexico on the way to Colorado.
If there is a better place to see hundreds of speed goats congregated near a roadway than on the hour and a half trek from Clayton, New Mexico to Raton, New Mexico, then I don’t know where it is.
Somewhere along the way with my nose pressed to the window on those many ski-trip and trout-fishing trip journeys, I determined that when I got older, antelope hunting was something I would pursue.
And I have, several times, in several states.
From the animal’s striking appearance and stunning beauty to its legendary speed as the fastest mammal on the North American continent to its binocular strength 8X vision to the sage brush smell of its coat to its delectable flavor on the grill, what’s not to like about the pronghorn antelope?
While I’ve never killed a “freak nasty” antelope, I’ve been keenly interested in these critters every since seeing “Flathorns” on my very first archery antelope hunt on the Crist Ranch in New Mexico years ago.
That buck carried his impressive horns forward in twin dagger like fashion and would have worn my tag had he ever ventured into bow range.
Whether or not he would have ever made the record book!
Now please note, there is no “non-typical” category for pronghorn antelope in either the Pope & Young Club or the Boone & Crockett Club record books.
But when you take a look at this wild critter from Colorado you think that maybe there ought to be.
One look and it’s easy to see why this buck’s photo is cyber-traveling.
Ok, here’s all I know about this critter at this point: it was taken earlier this year by rifle hunter Van Franke.
That’s it, that’s all I know.
But here’s what else I know – this buck would be one of the king daddy’s on the block if there was an actual “non-typical” category for antelope in the record book.
No word on what this buck would score if it can be scored.
With serious mass, short overall length, and questionable prongs (I see a potential prong existing on the speed goat’s left horn but can’t see one from this angle on the right horn) this buck may not be destined for the book.
But right in the middle of H-365’s “Freak Nasty Week” all I can say is this: