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sigpros
09-03-2011, 09:06 AM
I am going to start buying points for elk hunting in Wyoming. What units should I look at? Never been to wyoming hoping to draw an antelope tag next year around Rock Springs. Can NR get cow tags? Really looking to fill the freezer. Don't get me wrong a bull would be great but elk meat is the greatest. I have ate tag soup 4 times in colorado, so now I am ready for some meat. I know I am after what everyone wants public land and lots of elk. Thanks for any help. Also how many points do I need? Trying to get my hunts lined out for the next few years. Thanks again

Elkoholic307
09-03-2011, 10:53 AM
Yes, you can get a cow tag. But, you may need to be a little more specific as there are several options.

sigpros
09-03-2011, 03:04 PM
Well I don't know all the options. Wyomings regs are kind of hard to read. Like general tags that a NR can't get right? I have to apply for a unit tag for a certain unit. And there are no archery tags right? I want to rifle hunt or muzzleloader anyway. An elk with a smoke pole would be really neat.

Colorado Cowboy
09-03-2011, 04:05 PM
General Tags are available to NR's. I have one and start my hunt a week from tomorrow.

sigpros
09-03-2011, 04:12 PM
Good luck and I hope you get one!

NDHunter
09-03-2011, 06:11 PM
It can take awhile to figure out how to find all the info on hunting Wyoming. On their website, the nonresident hunting and applications booklet has some of the info. Then you have to go to the hunting, hunting regulations and elk seasons tabs on the website to find out specific unit info. Some of the units you can hunt archery hunt during the month of September. You just have to buy an archery stamp. Other units you have to to apply for a specific archery only tag. Buy the points for now and then research some areas for next year or the year after. I think you could get a general tag next year with 1 point.

sigpros
09-03-2011, 07:54 PM
Man there are alot of left over cow tags looking at the website. If I new any of the units were good a guy could put togther a hunt this year. And try out my new tent. whats the elk hunting like in these units- 121,90,92,93,93,61? Any web sites that get into this sort of thing a little deeper. Im ready to grab the 7mm and go.

Wyoflightmedic
09-04-2011, 12:57 PM
Remember that if your area is in Wilderness you must have a Guide, guide can be paid or wyo resident who registers as a guide. There are areas that you can hunt as archery only or have gun tag and still hunt with bow. I like these area because if I strike out during archery season I can come back with gun. Look at MRS from Eastman for help, they are on line. Look for PM.

Elkoholic307
09-06-2011, 01:48 PM
sigpros - It sounds like you have elk fever. You were wondering about general and archery tags for a NR; the answer is yes and yes. About those leftover cow tags.. there is a reason they are still available this late in the year. When I said we need more specifics to help you out, I meant: What kind of hunting will you be doing? Backpack, ATV, Horse? What time of year? Are you looking for a trophy or do you want to just fill the freezer? What part of the state are you interested in? If you do some research and check out some maps you can narrow down your questions to specific areas and therefore receive more help.

sigpros
09-06-2011, 07:41 PM
I will be backpacking and or an atv. I would be rifle hunting. I am looking for an area that I could get a cow tag in for a couple years and learn the area then put in for a bull tag. I am a meat hunter, but would like to get a nice bull to put on the wall. But not looking for an area that takes 10 years to draw and holds the boone and crockett bulls. I have never been to wyoming so I have no clue on what part of the state to look at? I am trying to draw units 90-2,90-1 for antelope. Those are the antelope unit numbers not elk numbers. Anywhere around those units that would fit the criteria would be good because I am wanting to go up next summer if I draw a lope tag and look around. Just trying to get the ball in motion and put the leg work in on a couple cow hunts and then go for a bull. The guys I used to hunt with in colorado would jump all over the place and never sit still long. Seems to me a guy needs to learn an area really well and hunt it a few years and that would boost success. I also wouldn't mind taking some camping trips with the wife and kids to an area and look around. Sorry I was pretty vague in my first post sorry. Part of what I was thinking is that if I went up antelope hunting next year maybe I could run over and scout an area that had left over tags and come back in November and chase a cow around. Thanks again guys

Colorado Cowboy
09-07-2011, 08:03 AM
One thing to remember, there are reasons why there are a lot of left over tags. If you check the prospectus G & F mails out you will see an astrik by certain units, which translates to difficult or limited public access. Means lots of private land. My suggestion would be to pick a prospective area and then call the G & F regional office and talk to a biologist or warden and ask about access or suggestions from them. In the past I have found this worked well and at least gave me a starting point. I also called a local sporting goods store and got some good suggestions. This forum was a good place to start....good luck.

MOHunter
09-07-2011, 09:30 AM
I will be backpacking and or an atv. I would be rifle hunting. I am looking for an area that I could get a cow tag in for a couple years and learn the area then put in for a bull tag. I am a meat hunter, but would like to get a nice bull to put on the wall. But not looking for an area that takes 10 years to draw and holds the boone and crockett bulls. I have never been to wyoming so I have no clue on what part of the state to look at? I am trying to draw units 90-2,90-1 for antelope. Those are the antelope unit numbers not elk numbers. Anywhere around those units that would fit the criteria would be good because I am wanting to go up next summer if I draw a lope tag and look around. Just trying to get the ball in motion and put the leg work in on a couple cow hunts and then go for a bull. The guys I used to hunt with in colorado would jump all over the place and never sit still long. Seems to me a guy needs to learn an area really well and hunt it a few years and that would boost success. I also wouldn't mind taking some camping trips with the wife and kids to an area and look around. Sorry I was pretty vague in my first post sorry. Part of what I was thinking is that if I went up antelope hunting next year maybe I could run over and scout an area that had left over tags and come back in November and chase a cow around. Thanks again guys

sigpros,

It sounds like you're thinking the exact same thing we are. I have gone to CO w/ a group that has been going for a long time. I decided pretty quickly that the pressure just wasn't for me, and they finally agree to try somewhere else. We are going to WY to hunt antelope this year in 25. This is just north of what we want to hunt for elk - 19 elk. We plan to hit 19 the next couple of years with cow tags and save up for the bull tag.

The goal this year is to fill a tag quickly on an antelope and run down to check out the area for elk next year. We're actually getting doe tags this year because they're so much cheaper and we're not too concerned with quality on the antelope. The unit for elk has quite a bit of private ground, but there is some hunting management areas that help out. I contacted the casper G&F office and they said this area has high numbers of elk. It's the central part of the state but Eastman's rates it pretty good and I was encouraged after talking to G&F.

I notice that you're from MO. What part? I am in Joplin. Shoot me a PM if you want any more details about what we're trying to do.

Umpqua Hunter
09-26-2011, 08:45 PM
Sigpros: I've been hunting Wyoming on and off for 20 years as a nonresident. If you'd like a easy high success cow elk hunt look into unit 100. This is one of Wyoming's easiest elk areas, with high success. With no points you would have about a 45% chance to draw a Unit 100 Type 4 cow hunt. The success runs around 80%. I've hunted the unit for bulls before, took us two days for my wife and I to kill two bulls with a baby in the car set of my truck. Unit 100 is full of elk, and wide open sage brush terrain, plenty of public land. The antelope hunting there in unit 92 is great as well. If you'd like more info feel free to PM me.

sigpros
09-26-2011, 09:39 PM
So if I draw a cow tag does that burn my points?

Umpqua Hunter
09-26-2011, 09:54 PM
I believe anytime you draw your first choice it burns your points. If you buy a point this year, next year you will have a 100% chance to draw the Unit 100 Type 4 cow tag. It really is a great elk unit, and easy to hunt, crazy good hunter success. Mostly spot and stalk in the sage and sage canyons. It would be easy to combine an antelope hunt with that tag. You'd hunt antelope first then elk hunt on October 15 I believe. Then you can take your family up to Jackson Hole or Yellowstone. Great vacation!