By Michael Bodenchuk, North American EditorEditor's Note: The pronghorn antelope is truly an all-American trophy, having evolved in North America and with no close relatives anywhere else in the world. We asked North American Editor Mike Bodenchuk to dig out the latest on speed goats. This is the first of a two-part series
Pronghorn are found in 17 western states and are normally hunted in 16 (Washington currently does not have a huntable population). As most Hunting Report
subscribers are traveling hunters interested in a hunt with the potential for a trophy pronghorn, we can eliminate some states from serious consideration: California (only one nonresident permit may be issued in the draw, although some landowner permits are available), Oklahoma (hunting only by landowner permission in a small part of the state), Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota (nonresidents limited to archery only) and North Dakota (due to winter loss, no hunts were held in 2013 and 2014 looks iffy). That leaves 10 of interest to traveling trophy hunters.
A number of physical traits make pronghorn unique: they are the only ruminant with a gall bladder, the only even-hoofed animal without dew claws of any kind and the only animal with true horns (with sheaths which are shed). However, for the trophy hunter, it is the unique branched horns that attract us.....