My parents have taken me hunting since I was a kid. We primarily hunted in central Minnesota, but now that I get to travel quite a bit to hunt, I decided to invite my mom to Montana for her first pronghorn hunt. I bought her a new Mathews Jewel for Mother’s Day, so she’s been practicing all summer. She’s always been an avid bow hunter, but this was going to be her first trip out of the state with her bow.
I picked her up in Fargo, North Dakota, on my way back from an Ontario black bear hunt and we were headed to Broadus, Montana, to hunt with CJ Gaskill from Powder River Outfitters. Upon arrival, we shot our bows and were pretty excited to get out to the blind and start hunting. We decided that blind hunting would be best because it was more of a controlled situation, but we also wanted to spice it up a bit so I brought a small pronghorn buck decoy along with a bedded doe.
It wasn’t long until the pronghorns started drawing in close to our blind. We were primarily hunting alfalfa fields and used the decoy to bring the bucks in close. But there was a problem: They weren’t close enough! My mom needed the bucks to be inside 30-35 yards and they were consistently staying at 40 yards and beyond. We had plenty of time, so we just waited it out. We sat from dark to dark, day after day, and finally a buck decided to come in. Once again, it stayed out of range. It was the last day of our trip and my mom had to pass. I reminded her that it’s not over until it’s over, but you could see that she was disappointed. As we sat there, almost 2 hours later, the same buck decided to come back over and check out our decoy one last time. I could hardly believe it, and finally the buck stepped inside 35 yards—not by much, but just inside our marker, and my mom released her arrow and made a great shot.
I got the entire thing on film and it was truly one of the most rewarding hunts I’ve ever seen! We really hunted hard, and she stuck it out and made a great shot once the opportunity finally arrived. I was super excited and my mom was nearly speechless.
I’m so proud of my mom, and I can’t wait to get together and edit the footage.