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    Wyoming area 54/65

    I have max points for WY and have been looking through the MRS. The 54/65 hunt sounds right up my alley, big bulls and tough country.

    I have read some places online that private land can be an issue?
    Is this a good early season hunt or better to go late, the season is 10/1-11/30. I can't go archery and return for rifle due to family and work commitments. I'm going to get 7 days to hunt and that's it.

    May or may not have time to do my homework via maps and google earth. Thinking about going with an outfitter, anyone know a good one in the area?

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    You will need to look at the new 2014 Wyoming regs. That whole NW corner of Wyoming has been reorganized into three new elk units with new boundaries. Since there is not history with these new units, the season dates and tag numbers are not clear.
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    Doesn't look like they are online yet. Thanks for the info.

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    Regs came out last Friday.

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    Here is a link to the thread about Wyoming's new regs. There is a link to the 2014 regs.

    http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showth...4-Wyoming-Regs
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    Unit 65 no longer exists. Unit 54 is huge and has been divided into Type 1 and 2 tags with them being good for south of the Clark's Fork River and north of it, respectively. Both open on 10/1, but the closing dates will not be known until the Final Regulations come out late this coming Spring.

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    Thanks for all the help so far. I looked at the regs and the new maps. Any ideas on what would be the preferred tag, north or south or the Clark's Fork River?

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    So correct me if I'm wrong... Just reading the 2014 WY elk info in the Dec/Jan Eastman's and I'm reading about the type 9 hunt in what used to be 54/65 but it appears to be only 54 now, correct?

    I read that it says 54 has a GOOD chance to find some 380+ bulls. That's talking about the type 1 hunt, but there would still be 380" bulls during the type 9 hunt too I'm assuming...

    It's also saying that the odds with 4 points (my bro and I have 4 NR points) are pretty much GUARANTEED to draw the type 9 hunt... Am I reading all of this correct? I just find it hard to believe that we can draw a unit that has 380" bulls, with just four points and like 34% success rates...

    What's the catch here? Or if everything is right, I know what unit I'm going to be putting in for for archery elk

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    Quote Originally Posted by hubba20 View Post
    So correct me if I'm wrong... Just reading the 2014 WY elk info in the Dec/Jan Eastman's and I'm reading about the type 9 hunt in what used to be 54/65 but it appears to be only 54 now, correct?

    ***Correct---54 was a very small unit nw of Cody. Now they combined it with 65 and the area goes way over east toward the BigHorns.

    I read that it says 54 has a GOOD chance to find some 380+ bulls. That's talking about the type 1 hunt, but there would still be 380" bulls during the type 9 hunt too I'm assuming...

    ***That is probably still the case, but now that 54 is a huge area it's probably limited to a small area in the rugged country to rhe west side of the unit in what was the old 54 area.

    It's also saying that the odds with 4 points (my bro and I have 4 NR points) are pretty much GUARANTEED to draw the type 9 hunt... Am I reading all of this correct? I just find it hard to believe that we can draw a unit that has 380" bulls, with just four points and like 34% success rates...

    ***Nothing is guaranteed but death and taxes! Going on last years odds for 54, that would be true. However, now that it's a huge combined unit we have no idea how many tags will be issued or what the season closing date will be. All we know right now is that Type 9 A/O opens on 8/15.

    Or if everything is right, I know what unit I'm going to be putting in for for archery elk
    ***See my comments above. The only way you can find out when big changes like this are made is to apply and hope you draw the tag.
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    54 and 65 were combined before. The area to the East (65) is nothing new, it's the area they pulled from the units to the West that has the attention of some hunters. Lots more high country in the national Forest. Because of the country and the way rifle hunters in WY hunt, it could be assumed most of the bigger bulls are killed after the snow hits.
    My guess, Based on last years odds you should be a lock. The new country will attract some new apps but Grizzly country will continue to temper the enthusiasm of most...

 

 

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