Watch That Pronghorn Patch

The pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) is of unique American origin and provides some of the best table fare there is—if field dressed properly.

Pronghorns have several glands, with bucks having a major gland located in the dark patches on their necks, which is thought to be used for marking territory. While this gland does not have to be removed, care should be taken to not touch the area and then touch the meat. Other minor glands are generally not a problem, and pronghorns do not urinate on glandular secretions on their legs.

The hide from an antelope should be removed as quickly as possible to help avoid meat spoilage. Care should be exercised while handling the hide and meat. Pronghorns have a smell similar to that of sheep and goats and touching the hide and then the meat will transfer that pungent smell.

The meat should be cooled as soon as possible by quartering the animal and placing it into a cooler full of ice. (See previous tip, Keep Your Cooler, Cooler!). Be sure and keep the meat out of the melt water.

Being careful with your antelope will insure some of the finest table fare you’ve ever experienced, and one you will be proud to share with your family and friends!


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  1. Bob Radocy June 28, 2017 at 9:52 am - Reply

    I totally agree with your description of caring for a pronghorn after bow kill. I’ve been lucky enough to have taken dozens of antelope bowhunting since the late 1970s.

    I built a special trailer cooler lined with ethafoam that can handle 5 quartered antelope at once. Twenty blocks of ice on the bottom and you can be out in 90 degree sun for over five days and the meat remains fresh and fine. Get the skinned meat on ice within two hours of kill. My family enjoys antelope more than any other wild game. The meat is very dark, almost purplish in color and cooks on a grill in just a few minutes. Never overcook it. I season my meat cuts then coat with olive oil to seal in moisture.

    Perfect and delicious. I just wished they grew larger so the meat harvest was greater because it is so good.

    Safe Bowhunting
    Bob Radocy

  2. Daniel forystek June 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Great info for a guy from Illinois who knows so little about these speed goats. I now look forward to putting one in the cooler. All I ever heard was how bad they taste, but I heard the same thing about Deer meat and we love it.

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