Bagging a unique antelope was just part of the thrill of a western hunt for Lawrence Giles of McComb recently.
Enjoying the spectacular scenery and spending time with friends and family were just as important if not more so.
A longtime big-game hunter who has also worked as a hunting guide out west, Giles recently killed an unusual antelope outside LaGrange, Wyo.
He was hunting on 100,000 acres of private land, which had not seen much success for hunters last winter.
On his first afternoon, Giles stalked an antelope, only to spy a bigger one 3/4 of a mile away. He drove closer, then crept through rolling hills, sage brush, cacti and deep grass.
His first shot missed, and the animal ran 50 yards and stopped. Giles crawled on his hands and knees and dropped it at 501 yards with his 6.5 PRC rifle.
“I was extremely lucky,” Giles said.
The antelope scored 761⁄8 points and was unusual because its cutter tines were laid out to the side.
“They said he had a lot of character,” Giles said.
Otherwise, he spent a lot of time enjoying the country and visiting.
“What makes my hunting trips the last couple of years so special is that it is not just a hunting trip,” he said.
“I stopped to visit friends in New Mexico and Colorado and visited with my son (Blake), daughter-in-law (Joy) and two grandkids (Camille and Onnie) in Denver before and after hunt. My wife (Patsy) was already there helping with kids.”
“My son, granddaughter and I took a beautiful hike at 10,500 feet close to Guanella Pass just south of Georgetown, Colo. The aspen (trees) were incredible shades of golden yellow, orange and red!”
Giles is retired director of pharmacy for Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center.