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    Should I have known..Wyoming 2013 Antelope Quotas...reduced when?

    Our non-resident party of three are so disappointed we did not get drawn for antelope in WY. Trying to figure out what went wrong so can do better next year....We studied Eastman's info and WY info on points needed, special draw, & made applications on March 11, Area 63....I believe the "tentative" quotas on website then was still 400 for 63-1 and 200 for 63-2. Now, I see that final was changed to 100 for 63-1 and 200 for 63-2.

    Did the quota change in the 4 days left in application period, or is final quota changed at some date after application period closed? If the latter, how could we have got a "heads-up" that the tags would be reduced this drastically...I try to read the Eastman's info.

    Thanks folks for any help...I want to be sure I take my son antelope hunting in 2014...we had a great hunt in Area 63 in 2011.

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    The quotas they list are tentative and subject to change. Wardens & biologists have lots of input and are in the field and if they think herd numbers are down, I am sure they get quotas changed...after the application period is over!!

    Did you have any points for your party?
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    Yes, we each had 1PP, we put 63-1, 63-2, 69 as first, second, third choice. Also paid for the "Special" draw. If had reversed the 63-1 and 63-2 choices would have drawn....they really cut the 63-1 tags a bunch. Thought 63-2 was even a shoe-in for 2nd choice. We of course could only base our decisions on past results, but when they cut the tags, it changed everything.

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    Too bad, I know how disappointed you are !
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    Bluntly, yes you should have known. Bag limits and season dates are final waaay before the app correction period has ended on June 1.

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    Well, explain that to me please. First of all, our application deadline was March 15. We waited until March 11, and only thing we could find on the WY F&G website was a complete listing of hunt areas, quotas, and season dates. It is overstamped at an angle with the red words: "Tentative" . The final quotas, which I see now on the site, are completely different. Did they change on noon the last day, or as "Colorado Cowboy" stated, after the deadline?

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    This year you had until June 3rd to modify your application if you applied on line. See below link. You can change your unit choices until that date. They published the finialized quotas before June 3rd. I kept checking until they released the final quotas. This allowed me to switch my first choice from area 106 to something different. They cut the tags in that area as well.

    http://gf.state.wy.us/web2011/hunting-1001085.aspx

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    I am a total noob to this western hunting thing of applications but my son and I were lucky to draw Antelope tags in a unit that did not offer a 100% draw for 1st choice applicants so I consider ourselves lucky. Looking at the Eastmans Antelope MRS copy your right about the 400 and 200 quota's in it. By putting down 63-1, 63-2, 69 as first, second, third choice were you looking to secure the preference point and draw a tag for 63-2? If you were really looking for the 63-1 tag sounds like simply bad luck to me, after all some people have to be the percentile that doesn't draw.

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    You can always touch base with the biologist to see what he is thinking for tags. I have already talked to the biologist for next year. He foresees less doe tags for my area next year. There is a lot of hoops to jump through especially if you are playing the game in three or four states. Good Luck next year!

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    [QUOTE=PlainsHunter;59455]This year you had until June 3rd to modify your application if you applied on line. See below link. You can change your unit choices until that date. They published the finialized quotas before June 3rd. I kept checking until they released the final quotas. This allowed me to switch my first choice from area 106 to something different. They cut the tags in that area as well.

    http://gf.state.wy.us/web2011/hunting-1001085.aspx[/QUOTE

    I have been hunting Wyoming since the mid 80's and I did not know this! I guess the reason I never looked into it was because I only wanted to hunt one particular unit. I usually never put a second choice. Learn something new all the time.
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