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Pronghorns have been clocked at running more than 50 mph.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Smoke rolls from a muzzleloader as a test shot is fired.
Moisture from heavy fog on a spider web in western Kansas.
A buck pronghorn in western Kansas.
A pronghorn buck tries to keep a doe contained on a broad swath of western Kansas.
A burrowing owl sits atop a post at the edge of prairie dog town, waiting for fog to lift.
A buck pronghorn, an animal that's superbly fitted for the wide-open prairies with binocular vision and the fastest speed in of a wild mammal in North America.
A mourning dove.
A dove rests on a yucca stock.
Prairie dogs share the western Kansas prairie with pronghorns.
A tarantula crossing the prairie.
Prairie dogs share the western Kansas prairie with pronghorns
Fog rolls in across the western Kansas prairie, making it hard to spot distant pronghorns.
A spooked pronghorn buck heads to a ridge where he can use his best defenses - his eyes and legs.
Kansas's best pronghorn county is short grass prairie that stretches for miles.
Michael Pearce and a nice western Kansas pronghorn, one of his favorite animals to hunt on some of his favorite ranches.
A buck moves across Gove County.
Sunset reflected in a tiny pool along the Smoky Hill River valley.
A hunter walks for prairie chickens on the wide-open prairies of western Kansas.
A combine probably abandoned for 60 or more years shows where Kansas' pronghorn country was once heavily farmed, before hard times let it go back to prairie.
Michael Pearce with a pronghorn, one of his favorite animals to hunt.
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