Wyoming Pronghorn Hunting for India Blackbucks in Argentina
by Ron Spomer
If you love the open country stalking challenge of a Wyoming pronghorn hunt but can’t draw a tag or wait for the season to open, go south, young hunter, go south.
Spring in the U.S. is autumn in Argentina, and in the Pampas district of that country introduced India blackbuck antelope offer stalking for an open country animal remarkably similar in behavior to our pronghorns. The major difference, from a hunting tactics perspective, is that blackbucks readily jump cattle fences. So you find them roaming pastures and wheat fields in herds much like pronghorns, rutting rams scent marking, chasing does and fighting one another.
Native to the Asian subcontinent, blackbucks stand about 30-inches at the shoulder, weigh up to 100 pounds, run up to 50 mph and are threatened with extirpation in their native lands. Unregulated hunting and intensive land use by India’s overwhelming numbers of humans makes wildlife survival there problematic at best. Fewer than 50,000 black buck survive in their native habitats. That many or more live in Argentina and Texas where regulated hunting helps maintain their numbers.
Because most Texas blackbucks are controlled within high fence ranches, I prefer hunting their free-range cousins in Argentina. I would love to hunt them in their native land, but unrestrained human population growth prevents that — a clear warning to wildlife lovers everywhere. We cannot continue devouring wild places and expect to retain healthy, huntable numbers of wild animals.
You can fly from the southern U.S. to Argentina in about 9 hours and be hunting the next day. Rifles, optics and ammo that work on Wyoming pronghorns are perfect for Argentine blackbuck.
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