How to Hunt Wyoming This Year?
Greetings from Louisiana.
I am new to the forum and have found if very useful thus far.
I want to hunt Wyoming this year (rifle). I have no points. I don't really care about trophy quality, just looking for a fun hunt. That being said I would prefer a buck tag over doe tags.
Are there any decent units that have a good bit of public ground that I stand a chance of being succesful in a draw with no points? If not, what is my next best option - can I wait for leftover tags in a decent unit?
It's all really confusing to me. I'd like to give it a shot but could you some advice from some of you veterans.
Welcome Dan. Do a search there is a ton of info on this same subject. Good luck on your hunt.
I am in the same boat as you Dan, zero points and the grand idea to try something new and hunt Wyoming Antelope. I have spent the last month searching the web and running through the "plan your hunt" tabs of the Wyoming Game and Fish site on a nightly basis. Clicking on "hunt area's" , "Draw odd's" , going through past unit draw odds, success rates, public land percentages and ease of access deemed yes or no by the Wyoming G&F all to figure out Choice 1, 2 and 3 on the application form. Pretty confusing for sure but reading many of the stories that the internet search engine brings up from first time Wyoming antelope hunters who wrote about their hunts from last year to two or even three years back all pieced together with what you can find on sites like this and the Wyoming G&F site you will figure it out. You can also find phone numbers on the Wyoming G&F site to call and talk to them direct, I have done that myself 3 or 4 times already. I think I have a good plan set up now and am just waiting for the application date to get a little closer before I fill it out and send in my monies. As much as I would like to answer your question; it would be extremely difficult to answer your question for you as there are so many variables. Once you get your research going the easier it all gets and if you run into a specific question about an aspect of the draw or a specific unit that you have your eye on write that question up and I am sure you will get some replies. Earlier this evening I asked a specific question about 4 units I had my eye on in a pm to one member here and he gave me some insight that was the key to figuring out what I needed to finally feel confident that the final three choices on my and my sons applications are the best for my situation and expectations. Kevin.
That was me last year. I did lots of reasearch that helped prepare me for my first trip out west. The most valuable things I learned
1. Have a gps with ownership card to you know where you are. This was critical because you will most likely be hunting small tracts of public land surrounded by private property that has no sings and fences that are not neccessarily along property lines.
2. If you are in an area that is easy to draw or has leftover tags most of the animals you see are likely in places you can't hunt.
3. Buy a preference point so your second trip will be even better when you have an idea of what to expect.
4. Wyoming web site is a great tool that will answer many questions, but nothing trumps first hand experience.
Kentucky hunter said it very well.
If you are willing to pay for a special license, you can get a decent unit. If I were you and wasn't willing to pay for the special license, I would just apply in a decent unit where you will have a decent chance of drawing a regular priced license in the random draw and hope you draw. Then if you don't, get your point and go there next year.
I think I would be willing to pay for a special license as long as I could draw a decent area.
Kentucky hunter, what kind of GPS do you have and how did you get an ownership card for it?
Kevin W, where do you find the public/private land percentages of the WY Fish and Wildlife site?
Danred, when I have some more time I'll send you a pm. We hunted a second choice unit last year and had a good hunt.
Anybody ever download the Cabelas recon hunt app and buy their public land map info for like $10? I have to assume it isn't that great but will probably download it just to try.
Most of us use huntinggpsmap.com land ownership chips.
Try and read a lot of the past threads on this issue. Wyoming antelope comes up a lot on here....
I down loaded it for my i phone. Its ok, I would say def worth the money. But in WY it defaults all units to elk units and cant be changed. One thing I noticed when doing some online scouting is the gps coordinate don't match up with google earth? Was going to send them a email about that.
Originally Posted by NDHunter