After a 10-year wait Minot man harvests record book pronghorn

A ten year wait

Submitted Photo Greg Stack, Minot, with an impressive pronghorn antelope taken during the recent season. The horns measure 15 inches, placing it among the largest ever harvested in North Dakota.

It seems destined for a place in the North Dakota record book – a pronghorn antelope harvested by Greg Stack of Minot.

Although the horns of the pronghorn have not been officially scored, Stack says they measure 15 inches in length. Fifteen-inch horns are a rarity, ensuring that it will score high when officially measured by Boone and Crockett standards. Boone and Crockett measurements assign points for length of horns, circumference, spread and other factors.

“I waited 10 years for a permit,” said Stack. “I got him in McKenzie County. I wanted to go there specifically because it had been closed for 10 years. I had seven preference points in the lottery and got drawn.”

Stack said he and Doug Voight, a friend and former Watford City resident currently residing in Red Lodge, Montana, did some scouting on public grasslands Thursday, Oct. 3. The season opened at noon the following day.

“We spotted him in a herd on Thursday and went back there Friday morning. It took two hours to find him again, about 11:45,” recalled Stack. “I came up over a rise and had to crawl about 20 yards on my belly to get into position for a shot.”

It was about 12:15 p.m. when Stack downed the big pronghorn at a distance of approximately 175 yards.

“It’s my fifth antelope,” said Stack. “I’ve been hunting them for 30 years and this is by far my biggest. A little bit of work went into it and that’s the way hunting should be.”

Stack said he intends to have a European mount made of the pronghorn and bring it to the annual Trophy Night sponsored by the Souris Valley Bowmen. There, said Stack, he will have the horns officially scored. Trophy Night is scheduled for Feb. 1 in the FFA Building on the State Fairgrounds.