One word: trouble! These two bucks are on the march trying to intimidate each other in a parallel walk of pronghorn provocation. Breeding season is all but over, and these dudes are vying for the last breeding rights. Luckily they, and the nearby does, never caught sight of me doing the “Kayser Krawl,” and I’ve slipped up into a bipod-solid position for a probable shot. Sure, I had to pull a couple of prickly pear cactus spines from my legs and nether regions, but that’s standard procedure on pronghorn stalks.
Breeding season and hunting season are about over, and the nearer buck has just enough character to warrant a shot. He’s medium heavy with average prongs set high, but look at that curl! It definitely adds to overall height.
The wide-open basin doesn’t allow me to close the distance, so I’m calculating the shot with the help of Nikon’s Spot-On technology. Even more concerning than the range is the steady crosswind, but I have enough data taped to my rifle’s stock to calculate bullet winddrift. I have my .300 Win. Mag. T/C Dimension loaded with Hornady Superformance ammunition. The drop is 19 inches; wind-drift, 12 inches. When these two bucks separate and pause, I’m launching my own version of trouble.