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First archery antelope hunt?

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Heading to Montana in a couple of weeks to chase antelope with decoys. What should I be prepared for? Any tips? It's a guided hunt so that should tip the odds a little more in my favor. Thanks in advance.

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I've never bowhunted for antelope but from reading in Bowhunter and other sources, your shots will be longer than the typical 15-25 yard whitetail shots, so practice out to 40 yards. A rangefinder would be good. Also, a lot of times they hunt antelope over waterholes, so maybe a good book or two in your bag would help for the long waits. Pack the sunscreen and waterbottles. Good luck! Let us know how you did.

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I've been hunting antelope with friends before(I just never felt the urge to hunt them myself). 40 yards is a short shot for an antelope. They will often be very skittish and I've seen a lot of 50-60 yard shots(and yes they are very good shooters). It has been extremely dry in western North Dakota and Eastern Montana the last few years so finding water holes maybe a challenge. If you do find a waterhole somewhere by all means hunt it. Oh yeah... practice lots for those shots!!!

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