An amazing 2015 season, where snowfall, rainfall, and growth overall was capped off with an amazing harvest. The Wyoming Front Range was abundant with all forms of life during 2015 from turkeys to bears and lots of ungulates with plenty of extra antler growth and body weight to propel them into 2016. 2015 followed up an amazing year in 2014 where water and feed was more than plentiful. We were actually unable to regularly reach several spots on the ranch without specialized vehicles because of all of the water seeping from the ground and rushing through creeks and streams. Nearly every deep draw or valley had a spring or creek running at the bottom. Ponds and creeks were filled to capacity and hot dusty days were few and far between.
These are the types of springs and summers that lead to outstanding fall harvests. Below we will recall some of the amazing adventures and memories of 2015, but be rest assured the entire year was one for the record books!
The first group of Antelope Hunters knocked it out of the park in early October! We had an awesome group from GoHunt.com and another gentlemen just getting back into western big game hunting after several years of hard work dedication to his medical profession. We were blessed to have such a great group to lead off the year. We would absolutely like to recommend the use and subscription to GoHunt.com . We knew very well of this outfit well before they joined us in the field and if you are in the need of drawing odds, unit forecasting, coverage, industry news and intel, then this is the place. There are several traditional outfits and publications out there that regurgitate the same or similar information on units and forecasts from year to year that appear to be copy and paste type articles or even omitting units entirely! GoHunt.com is on the cutting edge and is connected with the best and most recent information available. While being an industry media and subscription leader, these guys are also serious hunters and exceptionally down to earth guys! Check out some of these pics…
The next two groups of Antelope hunters were just as successful, and we were even lucky enough this year to be able to hunt while a good portion of the rut was still going on. This made for some exciting scenarios and tactics, as father and son John and Joseph Blecha found out with their hunting buddy Bob Wilber.
John and Joseph harvested bucks with the use of a Montana Decoy Antelope buck within minutes of each other! We were able to use the decoy previously for Bob Wilbur’s hunt below as well.
Jim Russey took this Antelope with a 6.5 Creedmoor at an amazing 650 yards, with high wind! This was Jim’s first long range harvest on an animal after some range time behind the Beanland Custom Rifle. Hunting partner Tom Waters also scored a long range shot at over 600 yards on his Antelope in the days to follow.
Jason hammered an amazing speedgoat to cap off the entire 2015 season at the end of October. We belly crawled and even had a little luck on this hunt. Jason had a crowd of about 10 on-lookers through spotting scopes from about a mile away during this entire stalk. This one was very bittersweet as this buck was one that had eluded us the entire season. We were able to finally connect with him on the final day, what a stud!