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    Wyoming Unit 74 Questions

    Hello Everyone,

    Yes I am new to this board and I have looked around at a lot of the posts and see some of the newbies get hammered sometimes, and rightfully so based off some of their initial questions. I'm not new to the forum etiquette as I am a member of several forums over here in my home state of Georgia. I've been researching the western states for several years now and have put together a plan to hunt various states/species starting this year and for many years to come. The research portion of every hunt is extremely enjoyable to me and I have just as much fun planning the hunt. I plan on kicking off my western adventure by going after antelope this year. I'll have 3 PP's going into this year and am planning on applying for Unit 74. It looks like it will take going into the Special Draw in order to have an almost guaranteed chance of drawing. Looks like the regular draw success will be around 40% with 3 PP's. I've been building points for my dad as well and he will have three points also. I may get creative and try to go after one of our tags in the regular draw just to see if we get lucky and if not maybe one of us will have a tag in the future and will get another year of enjoyment of hunting together.

    Here are my questions on Unit 74:

    What are the road systems like out there? I'll be ordering my Unit map the next week or so but with never being out there, I'm just curious how accessible the roads are throughout the unit? The unit looks to be fairly "secluded" compared to other units and that is part of the reason I like it. We do not mind putting boots on the ground and fully intend to do so, but just wanted to know what the roads were like.

    Has as anyone ever camped in the Unit with a camper? We will likely be flying into Denver and driving up and I have a relative who has a camper we can use. Just curious if there are any decent camping spots located within the unit? Looks like the closest hotel is in Shoshoni so not too bad of a drive if we decide to stay there.

    Thanks in advance guys and looking forward to contributing to the forum as much as I can.

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    I hunted that unit 3 years ago. Some very nice antelope in it. I camped in my F-150 so I was able to just pull off and camp on BLM land. I hunted only the SE section of 74 and some of the blm roads could be a little rough for a camper rig. The main roads were good as long as there not wet. Maybe take the camper off the truck and do your scouting without it or get some camping gear from your relative and rent a 4x4.

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    Fish: Thanks for the info. Not sure how much moisture you got while you were there but if we have a 4x4 you think we be ok on the main roads if they did receive some moisture or they hit or miss depending on how much rain/snow fell.

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    There is a main road that pretty much runs the border of the unit that is a pretty decent gravel road that you would have no problem taking a camper on. I cant remember if it follows the border in the NE part of the unit or not? There is also a road that runs north/south through it that I think is a decent road but I have never been on it. Other then that it is mostly 2 track roads that you probabally wouldnt want to take a camper on without driving with just the truck or walking to see how they are first.

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    Thanks Musket Man. I'm getting a good picture of what the roads looks like in the unit.

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    In order to hunt this year with a 100% chance of drawing you'll definitely need to apply in the Special draw. Having said that, I'd put in for unit 75 in the Special and draw it. It's a lot bigger unit and has good numbers and good bucks and is closer to Riverton if you have to stay in a motel. It's really best to camp out in any of those units because they're so far from anything, including gas and water, so take lots of extra of both. Riverton is a long way from both units and has a number of motels, but Shoshoni doesn't have much of anything as far as motels are concerned. Never go out there without at least one set of good chains and it's preferable to have all four wheels chained because it takes very little moisture to make all but the gravel roads impassable out there even with one set on.

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    Topgun thank you for the advice. Just out of curiosity, do you think Unit 75 is that much better than 74 or is your recommendation based off the size and accessibility as you mentioned in your reply.

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    On the main gravel roads will be fine if you get some snow or rain but the 2 track and dirt roads will turn to snot in a hurry if you get much moisture at all and it typically wont freeze hard enough at night to get a truck out if you get in trouble. I always carry a set of chains with me and they have saved my butt more then once! If its supposed to rain or looking like it will I would suggest getting the truck out to gravel just to be safe. I like to take my 4 wheeler and use it off of the main roads. The weather can change in a hurry in that country too. 2 years ago out there I went to sleep with perfectly clear skies and woke up to over an inch of snow.

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    Quads work wonders in WY if you have one. Last year after the snow I was the only guy hunting my area except for a little 2 mile stretch of county road. Nobody could get off the pavement, but the quad is light enough to stay on top and not sink.

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    Yep...WY dirt/2 track roads (except the improved gravel roads mentioned) turn to crap in no time with just a small amount of moisture (think gooey clay). They dry out fairly fast too if the conditions are right, but you will be in a world of hurt if you are unprepared. I always bring a 4-wheeler when hunting WY...and it's usually in the back of my truck.
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