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Cow Elk tags in South Central Wyoming

I am planning an elk hunt for my Myself along with my Dad and two brothers.  We are planning to hunt South Central Wyoming around Laramie.  We would like to be able to have two Bull tags and two cow tags amongst our group of four.  We have never hunted Wyoming before and so we don't have any experience with Wy Game and Fish Dept. trends.  It seems risky to apply for two bull tags and two cow tags seperately.  It seems like there is a good chance that the cow tags and bull tags may be for different hunt dates once they set the final dates in April.  It also seems risky to not apply for the cow tags in the draw.  Does anyone have any advice or experience with this?  What is the likely hood of getting more cow tags being released for over the counter sales in July and being able to buy 2 cow tags for the specific area that we draw bull tags for?  What is the likely hood of being able to pick up a deer tag in July if we can't get two cow tags.  Any advice or past experience would be appreciated.  We just don't want drop $591 times 4 for 4 bull tags and not be able shoot any cows in the event that we see cows and no bulls. 

Thanks - Texas Meat Hunter

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Cow Elk in SE WY

Go to the hunting section of WY Fish and Game; look at the nonresident elk hunting map for areas around Laramie and pick a couple; then go to the "drawing odds" section from last year to get a feel for your chances.  You can apply for bull tags and cow tags on the same app online and either choose to get the cow tag regardless of the bull draw or have the cow draw drop if you are not drawn for bulls.  Then call the Laramie office and ask for a list of ranchers who may allow hunters to come in. The odds of getting permission for cow hunting without trespass fees are a lot higher than bulls.  There is also a section called "Hunter Management Areas" that allow you to apply  for a specific area without contacting a rancher.  Good Luck. 

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I wouldn't normally ask this, but....

What unit?  That will dictate the strategy you should take, and whether or not you have any preference points.

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We don't have any preference

We don't have any preference points, but we are hoping to hunt in units 15, 10, or 6.  In no particuliar order.  Our top priority would be to have two hunters with bull tags and two hunters with cow tags.  So whichever unit that we could find to pull that off. 

Thanks for your time and help. 

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Too bad

You'll have a tough time drawing any bull tags at the normal price.  10 and 15 are general units can be drawn about 43% of the time with 0 points.  6 requires 3 pref points.  However, if you want to pay the "special" price (about double), you'll double your odds on the general units and can guarantee the unit 6 National Forest tag.  The cow tags won't be a problem, they are all 100% draw.

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