W.B. Rodgers hunted pronghorn with Q Creek Land & Livestock Company in Wyoming this past September


Published: November - 2010

Steve Porto says he's found an economical pronghorn hunt near Mills, New Mexico, in the Kiowa National Grassland. He hunted with an operation we've never covered before, Trophy Ridge Outfitters (505-350-6487 or 928-333-4915; Hunt@TrophyRidge Outfitters.net). Not only is the hunt affordable but, he says it is an excellent opportunity if you are looking for down-to-earth folks who know their territory, their game and how to get you your animal without a lot of fuss. Porto and his girlfriend hunted with them this past August.

Porto says this was a good first out-of-state hunt for his girlfriend. He says the guides were capable and congenial. They pre-scout the area, know the antelope and have all kinds of tricks to put a client on a good pronghorn. He says the guides were able to "hunt down to everyone's level." For example, Porto says his girlfriend hadn't shot at long range before, so the guide accommodated her needs by setting up an ambush near a waterhole. They waited behind railroad tie fence posts for the antelope to drift in. She brought down a good buck in the mid-70s at 250 yards.

Porto says about 80 percent of Trophy Ridge's antelope hunters got their buck on the first day of the hunt, as his girlfriend did, and usually 100 percent tag out by mid-day on the second day of this three-day hunt. He says there were plenty of antelope, and that most of the hunters there were repeat clients. Porto was so happy with his experience there that he was returning to hunt mule deer with Trophy Ridge near the end of last month when we spoke with him.

Porto has this warning for fellow subscribers, "If you want to hunt 1x1 with fancy accommodations, this isn't the hunt for you. But if group camping and just plain good food (sloppy joes, grilled chicken, breakfast tacos in the morning) are what you are looking for, you can plan on having a lot of fun here at a nominal cost."

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