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.
Last edited by WapitiBob; 03-12-2014 at 10:16 PM.
WapitiBob is right...squirrel away as many of those doe tags as you can. If you're flying out from FL and have a case of the itchy trigger finger on day 1 of your hunt, it may be a long hunt. Might as well whack a few does - despite what many will say (not on this site though), antelope is really good IF you take care of it (don't shoot them after being run, shoot them calm, and cool them off immediately).
I hunted 48 last year. Plenty of public land and with 5-6 days of hunting you should easily find a 70s buck for the wall. One word of advice though...get a hunting GPS chip. There's a lot of checkerboard throughout most of the unit, and you'll need to know where you're at in real time. There are 2 HMAs too (Hanna Draw and Simpson Ridge) that you can get access to. You have to apply though.
Fringe benefit of 48 is that the western boundary is the Miracle Mile of the Platte. Great trout fishing at that time of year.
Word I have heard is that goat levels are lower in 83. Still there no doubt but less usable habitat leads to few animals overall. That's just hearsay, but generally the central / southern desert areas of WY will have more goats than units around the Bighorn Basin (I think that's where 83 is located...haven't looked at the map in awhile).
If you draw 48, let me know and I can help you out with what I know. B/t/w - I shot a 70s buck in less than 3 days of hunting. My partner and I also shot our 3 does in that same amount of time. He also had a buck tag that he filled. They are there.
The whole btm half of 48 is unlimited hma after the first week of October. But, it's a little flatter and more open than the upper half.
WapitiBob, I don't really understand your post. Is there a Hunter Management Area that is closed until the first week of October then opens to everyone? The bottom half of 48 looks like checkerboard to me.
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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.
The early storms had a lot to do with success rates last Fall. Many of the old timers told me they hadn't seen an October like that in 60 to 70 years. I've only missed a couple years out there since1992 and have never seen weather like we had that early on into most of October.
For the OP: If you intend to fly out from FL, what transportation and lodging have you looked into while on your hunt? The reason I ask is that anyone venturing off the blacktop or gravel roads out there to do a good hunt better have a 4x4 vehicle and some chains along for at least two, and preferably all four wheels, the way the dirt turns to snot out there with very little precipitation. Even if you can get a rental vehicle, it probably won't have chains for it and they can get expensive IF you can find ones to fit the vehicle. Also, if you fly I would assume you will have to stay in a motel and drive to and from the hunt area, unless you stay in the vehicle overnight wherever you end up each day. The latter may be difficult since you also need to look at the food issue you'll need on the hunt. Just the vehicle issue alone could cause a tremendous problem if you get out there and what is supposed to be "reserved", if you can even find a suitable rental, is not there! To do a DIY hunt, rather than an outfitted hunt when you fly takes an awful lot of extra planning and some good luck to accomplish.
Last edited by Topgun 30-06; 03-13-2014 at 10:24 AM.
I have not been in the other two areas but have been through 48 and hunted area 47 next to it . Saw lots of antelope in 48 more than in 47 where we hunting ( and we saw plenty in 47) . You should be able to a kill a respectable one no problem. You might run into some hunting pressure the 1st week but if you hunt after the 1st week you will find the antelope a lot more skidish at least we did. At any rate I think you will have a good hunt if you choose # 48. We stayed in Medicine Bow.