Shots sometimes come quickly and you may not have time to prop up your decoy, aim and shoot, particularly if you’re bowhunting. Knee pads are a good idea too as you may spend a considerable amount of time crouched or kneeling behind the decoy.
A second Achilles’ heel of the pronghorn is their thirst. Early fall in the speed goat’s range can be very warm. That and all the activity associated with rutting makes them thirsty. They may visit water holes almost any time, but do so most often during the middle, and hottest part of the day. By setting up a ground blind in advance, you can slip in and wait them out. This tactic is especially effective for the bowhunter, who needs close-range shots.
Here, you’ll need a blind. Outfitters will often build permanent or semi- permanent structures. However, portable pop-up blinds seem to work just as well. The longer you put it out before your hunt the better, as it gives animals time to become accustomed to the blind. Still, you can erect and hunt from your blind the same day. A stool or other seat is also a necessity for the long hours of sitting; and of course, plenty of drinking water for yourself.
A third popular method is spot and stalk. As the name implies, it involves spotting the animals from long distances, then stalking within range. This is a better option for the gun hunter, but can be used by archers as well.
Good optics are your most important tool here. A spotting scope is helpful for long-range viewing. The terrain is usually open and you may be sizing up animals from a half-mile or more away. Binoculars are a good second choice, and useful for shorter range viewing. You should also have a good laser rangefinder. Judging distance in open terrain is difficult, yet critical for long-range firearms or shot-range bowhunting.
For all these tactics you’ll need a means of transportation. Several will work but ATVs provide the best all-around option. The bed of a Side-by-Side like the Rhino, or the front and rear racks on a Grizzly four-wheeler have cargo space for your decoy, blind, stool and extra gear. Even better, these rigs can take you almost anywhere a pronghorn can go, negotiating rough terrain that even the stoutest guide truck can’t handle.