Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.
The attached photo is my idea of the ‘Perfect Ten’. The scene occurred Friday afternoon near the north border of Wind Cave National Park. While driving the backroads I spotted the horns of two nice pronghorns protruding above the top of a prairie ridgeline. Parking the truck and grabbing the camera, I began the stalk; slowly moving toward the top of the ridge. By the time I got to the top, the antelope were gone. Backing off, I moved down a ways and then moved back to the top. Peering over the ridge, I spotted the animals which had now joined up with another pair of bucks. Hoping to get closer, I moved father down the ridge. When I popped over the top again, I couldn’t believe it. Instead of four, there were now ten pronghorns; all bucks. The speed goats kept moving with the herd constantly shifting its shape. I took several photos before the herd finally moved to where I could get all ten bucks into one frame. Two miles farther down the valley, a herd containing more than 30 does and kids grazed along a steep hillside. As I walked back to the truck, an adult golden eagle soared over the short grass prairie.