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    Trying to decide between 3 Wyoming units

    My buddy and I currently have 1 preference point and are thinking about using it to go on a hunt this coming fall. We have tentatively narrowed things down to 48(2) Special Draw, 91(1) Special Draw, and 83(1) Regular Draw. I understand that our draw odds at 91 would be pretty low, but not impossible according to the MRS.

    We have never hunted antelope before (or anything out west for that matter) and are trying to pick a hunt with decent public access, good antelope numbers/sightings on the public land, and decent trophy potential (we would be happy with antelope in the lower to mid 70s, they don't need to be monsters but we want something we can put on the wall). We will probably not hunt opening weekend and plan to have 5 or 6 hunting days (probably Sunday to Saturday) a week or two into the season.

    I would appreciate any advise regarding the current state of these units and recommendations between them.

    I also wanted to try gather more information by calling biologists and any other resources available, but am not sure who to contact or where to start. I have only been able to find the phone numbers for Game and Fish Regional Offices.

    Thanks a lot for any help. I am really excited to finally go on my first hunt out west.

    Gaston

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    I have no experience in those areas so I can't offer too much advice in choosing. To gain more information, I would speak with the game wardens for these individual areas. Some of the areas will have more than one warden as they sometimes are split by region. The Game Wardens will have real time information and have been extremely helpful to me anytime I have called with questions. You will typically have to leave them a message and they will call you back. You can search on line to find their information and how to contact them. If you call the regional office over your areas they will also give you the warden's contact info. The regional offices will also maintain a list of landowners that allow hunting for each area. Some charge a fee and some do not. I would also research any HMAs in the specific areas. They are private land that the WGF contracts to allow public access for free. They can be very good hunting- especially a week or two into the season. Good luck guys!

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    I'm guessing you have no preference points. The way I read the MRS, the only one of the three you can draw in the special draw with no points is 48-2. For Area 91 you have a 32% chance and in 83 a 21% chance.

    If I was interested enough to pay the extra money to put into the special draw for antelope, I'd want the unit with the best odds. They're all good units.

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    Me and my buddy each have one preference point. According to the MRS I would have 100% draw odds at 48(2) Special Draw, 32% at 91(1) Special Draw, and 60% at 83(1) Regular Draw which is surprisingly higher odds then the Special Draw.

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    I think any of those would be a good hunt. I would also consider 73. 48 would be my last choice of those only because the areas of public land are smaller in it and I like larger pieces of public land to get away from other hunters. Also I think some of the southern part of 83 is on the Reservation, but there is still plenty of blm to hunt in the northern part. From what I have herd they have had a pretty decent winter and there is some chance of some quotas increasing so draw odds could get a bit better but its too soon to know on that yet.

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    Thanks for the info Musket. I was actually considering 73 as their Special Draw has 77% odds with 1 point, but I noticed that the buck success rate for 73(1) was only 66% last year (MRS success rates include does and fawns), and the days/harvest was 6.1 which was really high compared to most units. It also only has 45% public land. Should I not rely on those numbers for some reason?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfontela View Post
    Thanks for the info Musket. I was actually considering 73 as their Special Draw has 77% odds with 1 point, but I noticed that the buck success rate for 73(1) was only 66% last year (MRS success rates include does and fawns), and the days/harvest was 6.1 which was really high compared to most units. It also only has 45% public land. Should I not rely on those numbers for some reason?
    I see an 81% success rate and 4.2 days/harvest for 73 in the MRS. 45% public land is pretty good since its a big unit, the chunks of public land are fairly big and and there is good access to them. I might switch to 73 my self if the unit I been hunting doesnt stop taking so many more points then it used to.

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    Those are the 2012 numbers. The MRS does not show the 2013 success rates, but if you to the Wyoming Game and Fish website you can see them. The dropoff from 2012 to 2013 scared me off a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfontela View Post
    Those are the 2012 numbers. The MRS does not show the 2013 success rates, but if you to the Wyoming Game and Fish website you can see them. The dropoff from 2012 to 2013 scared me off a little bit.
    I wouldnt worry about 1 years numbers all that much. Alot of numbers are pretty deceiving anyways since you have no idea how many were taken on private land. Large pieces of public land and someway to access them are the biggest things I would look for. Doe tags can be good and I have got a few for extra meat but does just arent very exciting to me and I doubt I will get any more of them.

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    Those are the 2012 numbers. The MRS does not show the 2013 success rates, but if you to the Wyoming Game and Fish website you can see them. The dropoff from 2012 to 2013 scared me off a little bit.[/QUOTE]

    Please keep in mind the weather last year. I'll tag on a picture of my antelope hunt. It was the most snow I have ever had to hunt in that early. I guarantee the weather had an influence on those success rates. In some areas the drifting was bad enough to limit vehicle access. I literally went through a 5 foot deep, 50 yard wide, drift during my stalk. The ground blizzard made the shot very difficult to say the least. I had to leave my scope covers on until the last few seconds before the shot. This was on opening day for my area in September- Very unusual early storm.

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