13 replies [Last post]
Critter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 3880
Big Time Application Time

You can tell that it is spring time when you have to sit down at the computer and start to download, print, or get your applications in for all the big game hunts that are to go on this fall. 

So far I have applications in for elk, and antelope in Arizona and need to wait for June for the deer.

Bison, antelope, deer, elk, and mountain goat in Utah.

Deer, elk, antelope, and mountain goat in Colorado.  I should draw deer, elk and antelope here it just depends on what season I get.

Elk and deer in Wyoming.

For some reason my credit card is a little hot to hold onto right now. Whistling

 

So how are the rest of you doing? 

Topgun 30-06's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Allegan, MI
Joined: 12/11/2010
Posts: 695
Computers and credit cards

Computers and credit cards has me laughing!  Did you hear about the secretary that called and asked the computer company to send someone out to her office and make some repairs because her computer wasn't working properly?  The guy got there and asked her what her problem was.  She told him she had been on the thing at lunchtime and was trying to buy some stuff online and every time it asked for her credit card number it wouldn't work!  He asked her to show him what she was talking about and she popped open one of the CD/DVD trays and told him everytime she put it on there and closed it that it just kept spitting it out, LOL!  Another one has it that a gal called and told the company her computer needed repairs.  She was right because when the technician got there she had broken the CD/DVD tray off because she thought it was a coffee cup holder, LOL!!!   I think they were both blondes!!!

GooseHunter Jr's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/28/2005
Posts: 3741
Yeah it also puts a healthy

Yeah it also puts a healthy dent in the ole bank account, but oh well...I guess we can't take it with us.  Looking forward alot to this year.  Gonna try a new area for archery and as always love to get out with the rifle.  Good luck to all in the drawing you choose to enter.

hunter25's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado western slope
Joined: 11/13/2009
Posts: 3021
So far I have only partially

So far I have only partially finished Utah with deer and antelope. The great thing with Utah is other than the combination license that I need anyway you don't pay for the tag unless you draw it.

Wyoming I will do this week but only for deer and antelope again, I was waiting because my daughter got a new job and I wasn't sure if she could go or not. Unfortunately not for this year but at least she understands her priorities.

Colorado I will wait a couple more weeks because I'm not sure yet about burning our 17 elk points for area 10 or continuing to wait for 201. Goats I'm only applying for a point because I drew 3 years ago but failed to connect and am starting over. I'm not sure what sheep unit I will apply for this year until I decide on the elk. Deer I will build a point and hope to draw 444 as second choice as usual but I have heard that is not a sure thing anymore. Bear will be for a point and my usual moose also.

I have applied earlier for oryx in New Mexico and am still thinking about the antelope.

Everything and everywhere else is pretty much otc.

hunter25's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado western slope
Joined: 11/13/2009
Posts: 3021
I forgot the Colorado

I forgot the Colorado antelope but I drew that 2 years ago so just starting the slow climb back up for that one.

Critter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 3880
Have you looked at 201 for

Have you looked at 201 for the Hybrid Draw?  If you draw it you got the tag if not you got the point.  I actually put in for 444 archery as my fourth choice this year, so between getting a point for the first choice, unit 44 archery for a second choice, 444 muzzleloader as a third choice and 444 archery as a fourth choice who knows?  I should draw my unit 41 antelope tag with my points but with only 2 or 3 tags going out for that unit it is a toss up.  Then an archery elk tag and a unit 44 cow tag on the draw I hope that I am set here in Colorado. 

hunter25's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado western slope
Joined: 11/13/2009
Posts: 3021
Yes and that is what we did

Yes and that is what we did last year. Just deciding if we should go ahead and hunt 10. My dad and I always hunt together and we have the same points but I think for this one I want to let him draw first so we can focus on his. His body is getting pretty broken and worn out and he's not sure he can wait a few more years for 201 if he didn't get drawn.

Some of the neighboring landowners know the area in 10 fairly well he just wants to talk to them before he decides.

The original plan a couple of years ago was to hunt with my grandsons father who lives in Dinasour and knows the elk very well. But when he found out my daughter was pregnant he dumped her and we have never heard from him again. Not a problem though as the boy now wears my last name.

 

WishIWasHunting's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Brighton, CO
Joined: 01/31/2011
Posts: 667
Exciting time of the year

You guys put me to shame. Other than Turkey hunting in NE, I am only hunting Colorado, so I only have to worry about one draw process. It is a little twisted, but next to actually getting the licenses I want, I enjoy spending inordinate amounts of time trying to figure out my draw strategy. In the last two years, I finally spent some time digging through the draw statistics in order to figure out how to use my second choice options, and end up with tags more frequently. By taking up archery this year, I think I have it figured out so I can get deer and antelope tags on second choice. I should get my elk tag, but I am not trying for any high-preference point hunts. Good luck to all!

numbnutz's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: portland,oregon
Joined: 09/06/2007
Posts: 3058
Only hunting in state this

Only hunting in state this year(oregon). put my apps in a few weeks ago. I put in for deer point, Archery elk for wenaha unit, and points for everything else, spring bear, antelope. I did put in for big horn sheep tag in the E John Day unit. if i draw tha it would be a fun hunt. I would have to rent a raft and float the John Day river, that unit holds a lot of goats, its estimated to have around 800 sheep. I'm crossing my fingers but not holding my breath. Maybe next year I'll start the points game in other states. good luck to everyone in there draws.

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5729
Bison in Utah?????  Hadn't

Bison in Utah?????  Hadn't heard of that one before.  What's it take to draw that?????

Just gonna put in for local stuff here in CA.  Deer, elk, and sheep. 

I am planning a hunt in Vermont for rifle season in November, and I may try to work in an elk hunt in Colorado.  But, that would be OTC, so no need for the applications.

Critter's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: Western Colorado
Joined: 03/26/2009
Posts: 3880
Yes, there are bison/buffalo

Yes, there are bison/buffalo in Utah.  It is one of the few free roaming hunt able herds left in the States.  They were planted there back in the 40's northeast of Hanksville and then they moved to the Henry Mountains north west of Lake Powell.  This area is also one of the best for hunting trophy mule deer in the west.  The picture in my avatar was taken in 2008 while we were scouting them in September.  I got within 20 yards of him before he decided to head into the timber.  It is not uncommon for most hunters to take mule deer in the 200 point range every year. 

Now having said that be prepared for a wait for either permit.  Utah uses a bonus point system in that the more points that you have the more chances you have of drawing a tag.  I have known hunters that have drawn the first year that they put in for either the deer or bison tag and others that put in 15+ years and still haven't drawn a tag.  I presently have 11 bonus points for bison and don't expect to draw a tag for at least another 2 or 3 years but you never know.  They usually have 3 or 4 hunts for them each year and you can pick between a cow hunt or an either sex hunt.  As far as cost, a non-resident will have to for over around $1500.00 if you draw a tag.  The nice thing about Utah is that you don't have to pay for the tag until you draw it but there is a $10.00 application fee for each species and you need to have a current small game license in order to apply for the tags but it is still cheaper than most other states to get into the draw.  If you are interested let me know and I'll help you out all that I can.  Shoot, if you draw a tag I'll even give you more help on where they hang out at and some of the better areas to go after them at.   

Related Forum Threads You Might Like