We did not catch or kill an antelope.  

I’m not sure you could even say we hunted an antelope.  I think we mostly chased a few antelope and mule deer.

The morning started with a quick sighting of an antelope down below the bluff where we were parking the car.  Barefoot Ted was off, with the rest of us running behind.  Our excitement overwhelmed any semblance of a strategy.  The antelope quickly disappeared miles ahead, nowhere to be seen.

Trekking across the basin, no antelope in sight, we saw a herd of wild horses.  They fixed their attention on us, with the stallions running out towards us and forming a line facing us.  Maybe a hundred yards away.  Then they galloped away.  It was awesome.

Later in the day, after about 6 or 7 miles of hiking, we came across another antelope above us on a ridge.  I tried to flank it and drive it down into the basin.  It circled around us, coming down into the basin, but behind our outer line.  Patrick Sweeney, who has the world record for the longest distance run on sand in 24 hours, picked up the chase.  We lost sight of him.

When we found him again, he had followed that antelope for six miles, back and forth across the basin.  The antelope, now a small herd of 4 or 5, seemed to slow, but we did not persist in our persistence hunt.

Having not succeeded in our hunt, we relied on our fallback foods: yams and potatoes.  This didn’t phase the three vegans that are part of our hunting team.  See our photos below of cooking yams in the embers near the fire.  They were tasty (partly because we finished them in coconut oil and garlic salt).

We start fresh tomorrow.

10 Responses to “The Persistence Hunt Day One: Fallback foods”

  1. Timothy says:

    Vegans on your hunting team? I hope you talk more about that in a follow-up piece. Looks like a very cool experience.

  2. Timothy says:

    Vegans on your hunting team? I hope you talk more about that in a follow-up piece. Looks like a very cool experience.

    • Anonymous says:

       "very cool expirience" i would like to see you running till your die from exhaust, indeed very cool, now go hug your dog.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What are you guys trying to prove??? Are you in need for food or something ?? I understand indigenous people but killing animal for different reasons than survival is  just cruel and selfishness!    

    • Justin Doran says:

      Very exciting John. I’ve yet to go hunting at all but I’d love to soon. I think we’d all respect animals more if we saw first hand the act of one life being sacrificed for another. As to all you vegans and vegitarians, I respect your decision. Please do the same to the rest of us. 

  4. Fatkid says:

    I feel as if you are getting some heat on the whole ‘persistence hunt’ thing so I just thought it was important to voice that I think this is also very cool and would love the opportunity to earn my supper instead of simply relying on big brother to bring it to the market for me…


    I look forward to hearing more about your tale!

  5. Carl says:

     It’s great that you’re trying to learn from experience what our paleo-ancestors couldn’t write down for us.  I have a feeling  ‘persistence hunting’ was a fallback for running prey into (or over) a trap.  Any minor cliffs or large ravines near you?

  6. scott says:

    Do you have anyone on the team with tracking experience?


    Best of luck to you.  I think this will be a great experience (even if you don’t complete the hunt).  Looking forward to the day 2 report.

  7. pixel says:

    you could persistance hunt something and NOT kill it if you just want the fun. vegans can have fun too. play tag with the critter. touch it and run away as if it would chase you. know what your ancestors did to you get you that nice brain you have.

    but seriously this is healthy. fattening up some poor critter stuck in a feed lot is cruel and poopy.

    • Hal says:

      Persistence hunting is not anything like catch and release fishing. I don’t think you could just "play tag" with an animal. The goal is to completely use the animal’s physiology against it. You literally chase it until it drops dead. That’s the only point you get close enough to touch it, and by then it’s too late.

      Additionally, running anything to the brink of death and then just slapping it on the ass is far more cruel than just taking the extra five minutes to finish the deal. If you want to do this, you have to know and understand what you’re doing. If you’re not comfortable with it, then don’t do it.


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