Jul 28, 2008

Back-Quarter Views!


There's something about a "Back-Quarter View" of an antelope! It's almost always the view that makes the buck look it's absolute biggest! If the buck doesn't look big from this angle then be careful - the buck may not be very big. But, if the buck looks HUGE from this angle, also be careful because the buck may be fooling you into thinking it's bigger than it is.

Like the buck above - it looks (in the words of Jeff Foxworthy) Stupid Big! But from the front view it looks to be not much longer than 15 inches with only average top mass.

We're leaving today - our FIRST HUNT is upon us. Stay Tuned!

Jul 21, 2008

Tank?


Here's a cool big buck! We call him Tank. There was a buck a couple years ago that Blake Lanoue and I posted pics of on the AZOD forums. This buck looks similar to that buck so we just transferred the name. The original "Tank" is the buck below and we have no idea where he disappeared to. (the pic below was taken in 2006)

Jul 20, 2008

Arizona Auction Tag - The Second One

The second Arizona Antelope Auction Tag was auctioned last night for $67,500 at the annual Arizona Antelope Foundation Banquet. In semi-related news it appears that a buck scoring over 93-inches was found dead a few days ago. Apparently the buck was found caught in a fence crossing. I'll report more as I found out information.

Jul 10, 2008

Hunt Openings!!!

We have TWO HUNTS AVAILABLE! These hunts are for the north east corner of New Mexico near Springer. Typically we take bucks on this hunt between 78 and 82 inches. Of course, we do take bigger bucks and we do take smaller bucks - sometimes it depends on just how patient you are and how itchy your trigger finger gets! Last year our biggest buck off this hunt scored just over 86 I believe. The hunt starts August 23rd and is 3 days long. Contact us quickly if your interested at 623-566-8708.

The picture below is from a scouting trip we took to our ranches in that part of the state earlier this year!

Family

Jul 8, 2008

Crisp?


Tack sharp photos are a photographers dream! Here are a few tips to get them:

1. Always use a tripod, even if you think you don't need to.
2. Use a cable release so you don't have to actually touch your camera when taking the photo. If you don't have a release then use the timer function.
3. Use Mirror Lock-Up
4. Get close! The closer you are the less the aberrations in the air will affect your photo.
5. Use Photoshop!

These are the things I do. I don't always take tack sharp photos, but it's usually because I neglect one or more of the tips above.

100-Incher - Not Again?!

I've seen a few pictures of a buck that would clearly and easily score more than 100-inches. In fact I field judged the buck at close to 102-inches with a horn length of 22 1/8-inches and a prong length of 6 6/8-inches and mass totaling 22 1/8-inches. For a long time now I haven't been sure if the photos were real or fake. I'm still not sure, but I've analyzed the photos on many different occasions and I'm leaning towards REAL. I have no idea where the buck is. Do you?

Jul 6, 2008

Running Man


Here's a pic I took while in Unit 10 - you know the place...where the antelope are always running whether you're chasing them or not. It's not a whopper buck by any means, but since he wouldn't stop running alongside the truck I decided to photograph him and I "accidentally" got a few good ones.