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markhunts
02-22-2013, 11:14 PM
After living in Wyoming for 15 years and taking a bull elk every year that I lived there, I had to move away for work. Since that time, I've been playing the points game. I put in for a few years for Little Mountain, then switched to the Red Desert unit. It's been fun over the years visiting both areas and watching the elk, and have even been lucky enough to be on a couple of successful hunts with friends in those units. Now it's my turn, and I can't wait to get back into the Cowboy State and chase the Wiley Wapiti! There will be many scouting trips to come. Good luck to everyone else who put in. Happy Hunting.

Colorado Cowboy
02-23-2013, 08:21 AM
If you drew unit 100, you are one lucky dude! I envy you as I've been trying for years and just gave up and used my points elsewhere.

Good Luck!

Maxhunter
02-23-2013, 08:26 AM
Good luck and hold out for a big one!

Bwht4x4
02-23-2013, 01:56 PM
I hunted unit 60 for pronghorn last year in mid-Sept and after seeing what unit 100 had to offer for elk I have stopped applying for it. The largest bull we saw during our pronghorn hunt wouldn't go above 220". I have moved on to a different unit after last year's hunt.

Bitterroot Bulls
02-23-2013, 02:41 PM
Don't worry Mark,

I bet you'll find a good 'un.

Good luck!

Eberle
02-23-2013, 09:11 PM
Did you see alot of bulls? How is the elk population? Also how was your antelope hunt? I've been applying for years for 60.

hunterman2146
02-26-2013, 10:06 PM
Unit 100 is an awesome area, I had the tag 2 years ago and killed a 353 bull on the second day. The trick with unit 100 is to locate the small herds of elk in the areas that people don't go. These are the areas where I found the biggest bulls and there horns weren't all busted up either. There are still big bulls out there, you just have to dig a little deeper to find them. Let me know if I can help.

Drhorsepower
02-26-2013, 10:22 PM
Congrats on a soon to be epic adventure.

ssliger
02-27-2013, 08:27 AM
Congrats, every time I drive to see my parents in Rock Springs I realize how much I miss the Red Desert. Can't wait to see the pics

markhunts
02-27-2013, 01:18 PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys. I have seen alot of smaller bulls in the area as bowhnt4x4 stated, but I've also seen some smokers as well. No matter what we find, it's going to be one heck of a fun hunt. With 10% odds this year having max points, I do feel very fortunate to draw. I looked at area 31 odds as well and they were still down at 2%. I'd rather be lucky than good any day. I'm going to try to hold out for a good one as long as I can, but I've also been known to have an itchy trigger finger. I tend to get a tad excited.. :D

dallen0427
02-28-2013, 05:37 PM
Very cool. I drew that hunt two years ago. First time applying for a tag in WY, and with less than max points. Was like winning the lottery....I seen some really big bulls during the hunt but was sort of self limited as I was hunting with my dad who couldn't go that far off. But had a great time and shot a nice bull. The big bulls I seen, were all walking away from high pressure areas, to areas that weren't as easy to get to.

markhunts
02-28-2013, 07:13 PM
Thanks Dallen. I do plan on hitting some of those out of the way areas. I see you're from Alaska, we went out of Wasilla a few years ago for Dall Sheep, and ended up with tag soup. But we had a fun time. Beautiful country.

dallen0427
03-01-2013, 01:30 AM
Thanks Dallen. I do plan on hitting some of those out of the way areas. I see you're from Alaska, we went out of Wasilla a few years ago for Dall Sheep, and ended up with tag soup. But we had a fun time. Beautiful country.

I picked an out of state guy a couple years ago (sheep hunter) coming out of a long valley. Was on my way out from stocking my moose camp. All I had was my horse plus two with decker packs. He rode out several miles on one of the deckers and was happy to do it. I think I'd rather have walked than rode on a pack saddle, but when your tired, your tired.

markhunts
03-01-2013, 08:28 AM
I picked an out of state guy a couple years ago (sheep hunter) coming out of a long valley. Was on my way out from stocking my moose camp. All I had was my horse plus two with decker packs. He rode out several miles on one of the deckers and was happy to do it. I think I'd rather have walked than rode on a pack saddle, but when your tired, your tired.

I'll bet he was happy. That was good of you.