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Hey everyone,

I joined BGH last year in my preparation for a bear hunt in New Mexico. To make a long story short, I waited too long and ended up not getting a tag.

Now I am trying to set up a trip for antelope in Wyoming. I have been told that March 15 is the deadline for draw entry. I am mostly interested in going on a week long camping trip and taking home some meat. I know some people don't like to eat antelope, but I find it tasty.

Anyway, here are a few questions.

1. Do you even have to draw for a doe tag?

2. Is there a limit on the number of does each person is allowed to take?

3. If I get drawn for either a buck or a doe, are tags of the opposite species available over the counter?

4. I will be hunting with 3 other people. What are the chances of all of us getting drawn.

Thanks,

Watts

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Watts wrote:
Hey everyone,

I joined BGH last year in my preparation for a bear hunt in New Mexico. To make a long story short, I waited too long and ended up not getting a tag.

Now I am trying to set up a trip for antelope in Wyoming. I have been told that March 15 is the deadline for draw entry. I am mostly interested in going on a week long camping trip and taking home some meat. I know some people don't like to eat antelope, but I find it tasty.

Anyway, here are a few questions.

1. Do you even have to draw for a doe tag? In some units you'll have to and others will have some leftovers.

2. Is there a limit on the number of does each person is allowed to take? Some units will allow more than one and up to four.

3. If I get drawn for either a buck or a doe, are tags of the opposite species available over the counter? No, but you can check the box for does, that if you don't draw your buck tag you don't want the doe tag(s).

4. I will be hunting with 3 other people. What are the chances of all of us getting drawn. Apply as a group, then either you'll all draw or none of ya will.

Thanks,

Watts

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good deal. Thanks for the answers.

I talked on the phone to the Wyoming fish and game department today and they said they would open up some areas up for a 3rd and 4th doe antelope. From your answers above, am I correct in assuming that I can draw two in Area 27 and then buy OTC tags for two more in another area that has the 3rd and 4th tags available?

watts

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Watts wrote:
good deal. Thanks for the answers.

I talked on the phone to the Wyoming fish and game department today and they said they would open up some areas up for a 3rd and 4th doe antelope. From your answers above, am I correct in assuming that I can draw two in Area 27 and then buy OTC tags for two more in another area that has the 3rd and 4th tags available?

watts

Holy smokes, you must find them tasty!!!!!!!!!

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Watts,
I'm not sure how many tags you are allowed for that unit. Try Game & Fish, they should know.

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Not only do we find them tasty, we are some of those long range hunters (500-1000 yds) Antelope are much easier to spot at that distance compared to deer or elk. I'm not sure how much everyone knows about long range hunting, but let me justify it so that you won't think I am irresponsible and just lobbing bullets in hopes of hitting something.

Long range is not about luck at all. It is about having as much confidence pulling the trigger as you would with a 50 yd shot. The time and effort involved with developing the right round is rewarded by actually going after tasty biodegradable targets. Shooting steel targets just gets old after a while. Between my buddies and I, we have a standing rule that you don't take a shot at a living animal unless you have recently shot and can consistently shoot less than a 10 inch 4 shot group at that distance (kill zone on most big game is 14 inches and bigger). Only one guy with us is capable of 1000 yds. The other three of us are good to 850 yds.

We have never hunted antelope before and just recently found out about the very afordable Wyoming does. One of the guys hunting with us owns a bunch of industrial meat packing equipment and we get together and make large amounts of sausage every year. This year was about 650 lbs (12 deer and 14 wild hogs). Most of the time we use deer, but we want to try antelope this year. That's the reason for wanting a high body count.

I have only eaten antelope twice. Once at a restaurant, so I'm not 100% sure that it was antelope. The other time was in the texas panhandle at a friends house right after he got back from a NM antelope hunt. It was outstanding.

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Watts, Antelope meat is good as long as you take care of it in the field as soon as possible. You'll want to cool it down quickly & get it to a locker or cooler. I like to get the skin off as soon as i can. As far as shooting long range, that's up to you & your skills to ethically harvest your antelope. My advice is pay close attention to the wind which you will find there's A LOT OF WIND in Wy. & pay attention to other hunters which there will be a lot of if you hunt the opening few days of the season.

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Thanks for the pointers.

As for Wind, we don't shoot in more than a 10mph true crosswind. The cool thing about long range is the animal very seldom knows you are there and if the wind is accross you, you can easily work around until you are straight down wind. Then it is just an easy bit of math to adjust the scope for the head wind.

We do all the meat processing ourselves, but we may need to store the meat while finishing our hunt. I assume there are equally as many processing places there as there are here in Texas. Will they store the meat for us until we come home?

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I believe most processors will work with you as long as you're up front with them & they have room.

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Watts that sounds very cool. What kind of rig do you use?

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Remington 700 Sendero in the .300 Mag. Leupold 8.5-25 x50 VXIII for glass.

Sierra Matchking 168gr HPBT for the load.

It will take the ghost out of a deer, javelinas and wild pigs at 600 to 750 yd easily, so I'm figuring on the same load for antelope.

All of us shoot the same gun. My buddy that is consistently shooting 1000yd just had a custom 32 inch barrel made for his. Otherwise all our set-ups are strictly OTC purchases. It makes it that much more challenging and exciting.

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