I only have one point for antelope and I'm thinking of buying the more expensive tag for 2014. I've looked at the draw odds in the special draw with one point and the areas I really want are not drawable. It looks like I can draw type 1 areas 83, 46, 47, 48. I've hunted 46 about 6 years ago and hunted for does the last two years in 83. I killed a low 70's buck in 46 but didn't spend much time hunting it and saw a few nice bucks in 83 this past season. I didn't spend any time hunting the blm land in 83 as my doe tags had to be filled close to irrigated land. Botton line is, can I kill an 80in buck in any of these areas or I'm better to save some more points and draw a better area? Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
The only one I really know about is 47. Can you kill an 80" buck? Yes it's possible. But not likely. I have hunted 47 for the last 6 years and killed numerous bucks in the low to mid 70's. I have seen only one buck that would have gone above 80". The issue with 47 is the herd is still way above objective and they give out a ton of tags, so there are hunters everywhere. Unless you were to get permission to hunt private land. They give out 1750 total tags for that area. I have heard good things about 48. Hope this helps
Thanks SS. There were a lot of people in 46 when I hunted it but it was the opener and that was to be expected. I've heard good things about 48 also. I have a lot of time to think this through before I need to send in money.
I hope you and your family have a good Christmas.
I hunted 48 this season, and the goats were really spread out with all the water available. I hunted 3.5 days and saw one buck that was somewhere in the upper 70s, but don't think he hit the 80 mark. Can you kill and 80" in 48? I'm sure you can with a lot of work and effort. Per my conversations with bio and warden before and during the season, if you saw a 14"+ you had better be shooting which is what I did. He's weak on the top, but was one of the better bucks we saw. The herd isn't what it was 5 years ago, but there are still good ones for those willing to put in the time. I wished I had more time to hunt but that was all I had. Still had a great time though, and it doesn't hurt to camp on the Miracle Mile and get in some phenomenal fly fishing too.