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Brady Miller's 2019 Nevada antelope gear list

Brady Miller 2019 Nevada antelope buck

All photo credits: Brady Miller

Antelope hunts are pretty special. For the most part, an antelope hunt is laid back and the best part, you don't need a ton of gear to be successful. A good spotting scope and the desire to get away from people will set you up for success. This past year I drew a coveted rifle antelope tag in Nevada. The hunt started on August 22. With most rifle antelope hunts opening up in October, I thought it would be great to release this gear list after my hunt. 

Up until this point, I've only bowhunted antelope. Chasing around these amazing animals with a bow is the ultimate rush! Drawing a coveted rifle antelope tag allowed me to utilize a lot of strategies I developed hunting these animals with a bow.

Video version of my antelope hunt gear list

 

Antelope hunting tips

Antelope hunting gear on tailgate

The great part about antelope hunting is not much gear is needed to be successful.

Zeiss Victory Harpia spotting scope on window mount

Quality optics are your best friend. On this hunt, I ran a Zeiss Victory Harpia 23-70x95mm spotting scope that I've been wanting to upgrade to for awhile. The optic is fairly heavy if you were on a backpack hunt, but I still go by the saying that you can't kill what you can't find. In mind opinion, a spotting scope is essential when antelope hunting. Besides for the spotter itself, my second favorite piece of gear is a window mount for your optics. This allows me to stay mobile and look over a lot of terrain. I had my Vortex Razor HD 12x50 binoculars on my chest harness and kept my Zeiss Conquest 15x56 binoculars in my truck.

Driving roads to scout a unit

I like to dial-in a big unit by familiarizing myself with the area I'm hunting by driving all the gravel roads and two tracks. You’d be surprised at how many bucks you can spot this way. Over time you’ll develop a pattern on what habitat type antelope prefer in your unit. Some places hold antelope, and other areas with the same type of habitat and access to water might have zero antelope. Also, getting away from your truck and going on long hikes to locate bucks in little hidden pockets is a great strategy to beat the crowds that only stay on road systems.

Using shade from truck for antelope hunting

Shade is hard to come by when antelope hunting. Here I'm using the shade from my truck to pick apart a ton of terrain with my spotting scope and binoculars.

Filling up gas in truck while antelope hunting

Last but not least... it's very important to carry extra gas with you at all times when antelope hunting. A lot of times the nearest gas station is a long ways away, so don't get left stranded! On this hunt, I carried 20 extra gallons of gas in my truck.

The fastest meat in the West

Antelope burger with egg and avocado

Antelope burger with egg and avocado.

On top of antelope being a blast to hunt, they are also one of my favorite types of wild game meat.

Yeti cooler full of ice

Yeti cooler that is mainly full of block ice and some crushed ice.

Having quality antelope meat all comes down to getting it cooled as quickly as possible. There's a lot of misconceptions about antelope meat and it all comes down to field care. To make this easier, I always carry a cooler FULL of ice on every antelope hunt. That cooler is strictly for antelope meat and is never opened during the hunt. I will have a separate cooler for drinks and food.

Scouting photo of an antelope buck

With all that said, best of luck on your upcoming antelope hunt! If you have any questions about the gear I used on this hunt, I'd be happy to answer them.

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Bill_Day
Bill D. - posted 3 weeks ago on 09-27-2019 10:37:44 am
OK and CO
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Hey Brady, looking through your gear list and noticed you used the Petzl Actik. I'm still using older generation Petzl headlamps, but would like to get one of the rechargable ones, either the Actik or Reactik+. Have you used the latter too? I'm curious if it's "automatically adjusting" light levels actually work well, or end up being more a gimmick or annoyance. I'm concerned it'd get old having it switching the light levels around on me, so leaning towards the Actik. BTW thanks again for hosting me when I was in town earlier this month (and I did shoot you an email about unit 268 stuff, in case you get a change to answer).

Jeff F. - posted 3 weeks ago on 09-23-2019 08:22:01 pm
CA
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What's the purpose of a .300 win mag with 215 grain, to buck the wind? I was going to guess you'd use something small flat & fast like .264 win mag or 6.5 Creedmoor.

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 3 weeks ago on 09-23-2019 10:53:07 am
Las Vegas, NV
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Hey Nicholas. I was running the Sitka Ascent gaiters. They are made for hiking shoes and would still work for lowtop boots or light hikers. I was wearing them this weekend with Salewa Wildfire Edge Mid GTX boots and they were perfect. Here's the boots for a reference: https://www.salewa.com/en-us/men/footwear/approach-shoes/2479/wildfire-edge-mid-gore-tex-men-s-shoes

Nicholas K. - posted 3 weeks ago on 09-23-2019 05:28:12 am
Quarryville, PA
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I dont see it in the gear list. What type of gaiters are you wearing? Are they made for hiking shoes rather than larger boots? Thanks

Brady J. Miller
Brady M. - posted 4 weeks ago on 09-20-2019 08:27:49 am
Las Vegas, NV
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Thank you! That right side is what I got excited about all the weekends I scouted him out. Honestly... I don't really use my 15x56 binoculars much anymore. Which is why I sort of kicked off the dust on them and took them on my antelope scouting trip and hunt. I really love how light and easy the 12x50s are to constantly carry around my neck. They are a great in-between power. This is coming from me back in the day packing around 10s, 15s and a spotter on some hunts. I really love what I can glass up just using 12s and a spotter.

Even when mule deer hunting, I now leave the 15s at home as I do tend to glass with my spotting scope a lot and the 12s off a tripod are perfect for me in the places I hunt.

I'd say scouting antelope this year... I probably used my 15s roughly 5-10% of the time. They definitely were not needed.

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Johnny D. - posted 4 weeks ago on 09-19-2019 08:31:59 pm
Tipton, Ca
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Awesome looking buck! Did you use your 15x56 binos much? Would you say that you could get away with a spotting scope and 12x50’s as your only optics?