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Report ID: 10337 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 12, 2015 to October 15, 2015
Place of Hunt: United States - South Dakota
Hunt Area: Unit 64A

Outfitter (or safari company): C & D Outfitters. 18630 Old Marcus Road; Howes; SD; 57748; Tel. 605-985-5498; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any): Cody Weyer
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Antelope - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: 72 inch green score
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Cody has a very organized hunting operation for antelope, mule deer, white tail deer, prairie dogs, upland game, and varmint hunting. My only hunt was for antelope and I will come back again to hunt prairie dogs and prairie chickens. Cody knows his ranch well and where each group of antelope will be, or at least in that general vicinity. We didn't even hunt much of his ranch at all. We had looked over 6 to 7 herds and he knew where the biggest ones would be. That made it pretty easy for me to make my decision then through his pictures of animals in those ranges, for which one to go after.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Excellent Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Tracy Mathisen Airline Service: N/A
Airline Comments:

Hunting Fees: Guide Fee Meals etc Amount: $1900
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Antelope Tag Amount: $250
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $400
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: tip Amount: $200
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: I did not have enough time to stick around to shoot prairie dogs that were all over his ranch and very handy ! I would have also liked to have been able to stay to hunt Prairie Chickens and had to get back to my family and to work. That will be an adventure for my family and I when we all go up and shoot prairie dogs and upland game.
Highlights of Hunt: Cody is a very experienced hunter. However, he is an avid guide for bow hunting for pronghorn and mule deer, spot and stalk. Cody's ranch is tremendous in size with one being 3 by 8 miles squared (private). He has various other ranches in the near vicinity. He had been guiding hunters since August for archery antelope, so this made his recon very good for where the larger male pronghorn were and in which sub groupings across the ranch. We looked at a host of pronghorn and he showed me pictures of some of the animals we were aspiring to harvest. I could have tagged out 15 minutes into the hunt and chose to pass on a shooter 70 class antelope. We glassed several more groups and then found two that we chose to put a stalk on. There was quite a bit of belly crawling and we got in real close as there were 45 mph wind gusts and some going higher. I didn't want to wound an animal, so our stalk was a lot of belly crawling through high grasses a few hundred yards is all. We got to 93 yards and the bucks were bedded. The antelope stood up after about 15 to 20 minutes of being in position and I chose to pull the trigger on a very wide and thick antelope. Bases were 7 inches circumference.
Equipment Recommendations: Cody indicated that there are very small quarter size cactus that will go through pants when stalking on your knees. He advised of pants such as that of brown Carharts as they help to prevent the needles from penetrating through the pant into the knee. I used a similar pant by Kuhl and they worked well. A higher bipod mounted to your rifle system, or some type of tripod system that is one that you carry in. I use a Manfrotto with a Hog Saddle which made it very steady as it was blowing 45 mph at our backs. The gusts would rock the manfrotto a bit, but I candicaned the gun sling around the Manfrotto for stability.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? Cody is a very experienced guide. I like how he has a PLAN before you go into action. He talks out the various scenarios that will play out, and how to handle those situations without getting us busted by the antelope. On the stalk he was calm and collected. When getting into position for the stalk, he was aware of coaching on shooting position, technique, and stalking method. He is very good at teaching how to approach game on a stalk, and to do so in a manner that is relaxed and puts the hunter at ease. I learned a lot about stalking technique and appreciate the feedback that was provided in a fun and lighthearted way. Cody is a guide to keep your head in a positive mind-set on a hunt. He has a upbeat and calm attitude to help educate those of us who have never hunted pronghorn and are there to learn about hunting such a magnificent animal. I have several hunt reports here filed with the HUNTING REPORT under Jim Mathisen, James H. Mathisen, James Mathisen, or James H. Mathisen, Psy.D. My hunt reports have all been positive, with one in the past that was not so much. That is the "90 / 10" rule where that is going to happen to about anyone who does this over time. Cody is the best guide I have had thus far on any hunting trip I have been on.

Hunter Name: James H Mathisen
Contact Information: Tel. 402-618-9205 - 4322 N. 160th Avenue, Omaha, NE United States, 68116-6470 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: I have hunted all 10 categories of species for the GSCO Super 10, and many other North American big game.
Physical Condition: Above Average.

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

South Dakota has been regarded in The Huntin Fool as a non trophy state for Antelope. While this may be true, this is a very quality hunt and that I felled a green score 72 inch pronghorn is a trophy in my book. Cody manages the pronghorn well. This is an easy to hunt if you hunt with bow and arrow as he can obtain over-the-counter tags. To get an out of state rifle tag this could take 2 years, as this was for me. I think the odds were in my favor to draw after 2 years. This could take up to four years realistically to draw a rifle tag.

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