View Full Version : Mike Eastman's "Hunting Trophy Antelope"

06-27-2012, 10:15 PM
Been holding off until it was offical and once I got word that I had drawn my Antelope tags for Wyoming this year I decided to purchase Mike Eastman's Hunting Troiphy Antelope DIY Guide and what a great book. I have heard people post here before about what a great resource it is and they are spot-on. The book arrived yesterday and I about 1/3 of the way through, and even though I have hunted Antelope in the past, I find something on just about every page that I didn't know. Many things I had seen while hunting Antelope were explained and many things I have found could be used in pursuit of other game.

If you are newbe to Antelope hunting (as I am even though I have hunted them in the past) this is the best $25 you can spend to get ready for your Antelope hunt. The section on just field judging Antelope is worth the price of the book. One section I really enjoyed is Section 1 Pronghorn Physical Appearance and Behavior, it has encouraged me to dig even deeper into the traits and habits of other species that I reguarely hunt. In fact the reason for this post is to ask you out there who have read both Mike's Antelope and Elk books is if the Elk book is as informative as the Antelope book?

Regardless of what you think you might know about something there is always more to understand, you should never quit trying to learn regardless of the subject.

I used the MRS section here at Eastmans quite heavily during my hunt section process for both my Wyoming Elk and Antelope hunts this fall, now based on what I have read I have a little different insight about Antelope when I take the field this fall.

Eastman's keep up the good work.

06-27-2012, 10:20 PM
Yes the Elk book is awesome! I also really enjoyed the high country mule deer book as well. A great Mule deer book is David Longs, it's a great one to go along with Mikes.

06-28-2012, 06:36 AM
I have had the Trophy Pronghorn book for almost 4 years and I can't tell you how many times I have read it. I think it is a fantastic resource. I gave my son-in-law a copy for Christmas and he loves it too, he's coming with me this fall for his first pronghorn hunt. My last mule deer and elk hunts took place over 25 years ago and I really don't see myself doing much of either one any more for a number of reasons. But I do plan to get both of those books as well, just in case :)

06-28-2012, 06:54 AM
I have never read the antelope book, but I think I may have to make that purchase soon. As for the elk book it is great. I am actually re-reading it for the 3rd time right now.

06-28-2012, 01:41 PM
It is a great book as are Mike Eastman & David Long's books on muleys.

06-28-2012, 09:47 PM
Thanks guys, guess I'll be ordering that Elk book pretty soon since I finished that Antelope book today. Again, great book, I'm already jotting down notes in my field book to use this fall in unit 67.

I was hoping to get up there for a scouting trip this summer, but had a change in plans. I am a tongue and neck cancer survivor (2 years in July) and the radiation made a mess out of my mouth. As a result of that I found out last Thursday that I have 5 cavities to fill and 5 more root canals to get done (all in just the past year) so I am working diligently working with the dentist's office to get all the work done before September 10th (I've already started 3 root canals and had two fillings done today). September 10th is when I am leaving for my Mulie hunt here in California. October 1st (or if I tag out earlier) I'll head for Wyoming for the Antelope hunt so I'll miss the first 2 weeks of the Antelope season. When the Antelope season closes (or again when I tag out) I'll head for unit 38 in the Bighorns to hunt Elk. So I have a really busy summer to go along with my busy fall now.

One thing I did find out in Mike's Antelope book was the advantages of hunting post-rut in Wyoming, so again I found the book quite helpful. With the lack of scouting, except for maps and Googls Earth, the information from the book will come in quite helpful. I am doing the Antelope hunt with another friend so at least he will be up there for the opener. Another tip mentioned in the book was checking in with the BLM office regarding location of water, so I'll put that on my to-do list just as soon as I get up there.

Btw, not that I figure to have much spare time during these hunts, but if anyone is familiar with unit 67 will there be any chance of any coyote, upland birds or waterfowl hunting? I did plan on having some full body honkers, a few duck decoys and my waterfowl gear with me. Maybe even up in unit 38 (or the surrounding area) after finishing up the Elk hunt and before heading home.

The cancer treatment beat me up pretty good and as a result I can no longer work, but I am the luckiest man in the world. I'm alive and God seen it fit to leave me in good enough shape to still hunt, at least some of the time. I have to pace myself and miss a few days here and there but I am doing my best and grateful for it. Oh yeah and I didn't even mention the fact that the wife and dog will be joining me for this 8 week adventure. I never have figured out why she has put up with me for all these years, but I'm glad she did (again the luckiest man in the world).