South Dakota Pronghorn Antelope Hunting
South Dakota is home to the Pronghorn Antelope - one of the fastest mammals on earth!
With top speeds of up to 55 Miles per hour, keen eyesight and a tendency to live on the open plains, hunting Antelope in South Dakota is one of hunting's unique challenges.
Pronghorn Antelope Hunting in South Dakota 2010
South Dakota hosts one of the highest populations of the antelope in the United States. The pronghorn, a native to the wide-open prairie, is a speedy challenge whether archery or firearm hunting.
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Antelope are found primarily on the arid short grass prairies of the western United States. South Dakota hosts one of the highest antelope populations in the nation, ranging across the west and central regions.
Adult males are 4 1/4-5 ft long from nose to tail and stand 2 5/8-3 3/8 ft high at the shoulder, and weigh 88-132 lb. The females are as long, but average slightly less heavy, 88-110 lb. The main color of adults is brown or tan, with a white rump and belly and two white stripes on the throat. A short dark mane grows along the neck, and males also sport a black mask and black patches on the sides of the neck.
Males have a prominent pair of horns on the top of the head, which are made up of an outer sheath of hairlike substance that grows around a bony core; the outer sheath is shed annually. Males have a horn sheath about 12.5 - 43 cm long with a prong. Males are further differentiated from females in that males will have a small patch of black hair at the corner of the jawbone. Pronghorns have a distinct, musky odor. Males mark territory with a scent gland located on the sides of the head. They also have very large eyes, with a 320 degree field of vision.
The pronghorn can run exceptionally fast, being built for maximum predator evasion through running, and is generally accepted to be the fastest land mammal in the New World. The top speed is very hard to measure accurately and varies between individuals; it is variously cited as up to 86 km/h. It is often cited as the second-fastest land animal, second only to the cheetah. It can however sustain high speeds longer than cheetahs.
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