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Location: Cheyenne, WY
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Re: First Wyoming Pronghorn Hunt

YH,
I have hunted antelope here in WY for umpteen years and have killed 40 or so.

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Second, I have been looking at the HMA program and from what I can gather this is the only land available for certain areas... Am I wrong or right? While we are on the subject are the HMAs a good place to hunt?

HMA's can be good. Depends on the conditions.

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Third, since this is our first time would it be better to hunt the first opening week or should we wait until the rut?

During the rut is my favorite time to hunt them. They get downright freaky but the down side of that is the meat has a stronger smell.

One time during the rut over by Rawlins WY I shot a doe. I was laying down prone across a ridge and the shot was good. The buck she was running with saw me get up and procede towards her and started making short charges towards me. I jacked another round in the chamber and wondered "how am I going to explain to the game warden I shot this buck in self defense". Another time I was hunting does and they knew I was there. But the buck totally ingnored me and would not let them leave. It was nice of him to keep them around for me to get a shot.

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Fourth,would trying for an area in the grasslands or does it really matter?

The grasslands can be productive but a good place to hunt them is gently rolling hills. It gives you an easier stalk.

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Fifth, I have been looking at the buck to doe kills posted by the WYGF and do a lot of other hunters try to get tags in those high buck kill areas and miss out on opportunities in other areas and possibly miss out on the draw?

You will have three choices so pick out 3 areas to give you the best odds of drawing a tag.

One bit of advice is to practise shooting a lot. Practise out to 400 yards. You probably won't need it but if you can hit a pie plate @ that distance you won't have any trouble getting an antelope. Range finders are worth every penny. Distances can be deceiving.

Location: Choudrant, Louisiana
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My friends and I hunted in Wyoming this past October. In researching where and when to hunt, we found that the areas that have 2 segments (opening days that were 10 days apart) the second segment had a better chance getting drawn. We drew 7 buck tags for area 32 north of Medicine Bow. Our 1st choice had been area 48 . We saw lots of antelope but few real large bucks. With more time to hunt and scout, we might have found some better bucks but the bucks that we got were all nice (12' or better) except one small that a 13 yo killed. We camped at a public campground in a pop-up camper. The only amenity that was there was an outhouse, but if you come prepared , it is a real nice do-it -yourself hunt at a reasonable price.

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Southernsportsman wrote:
We saw lots of antelope but few real large bucks. With more time to hunt and scout, we might have found some better bucks

This was the hardest year I have ever seen for antelope hunting. They just weren't where they usually are. Every year up until now I have never failed to go out and get at least one shot or eventually fill a tag. I had several days of no shots and one unfilled tag. And I have been hunting them since 1985.

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Location: NC
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Hey Folks!

Just wanted to thank everyone for their help and advice. I have put in for our Wyoming tags and now wait for the draw..... Keep your fingers crossed for us...We are so psyched about being able to have this opportunity and if it doesn't happen in 2008 it will in 2009. I believe in optimisum....Thanks Again! YH

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What area did you put in for?

July is a long way off - I wish draw results were sooner.

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I assume that the "grasslands" are the thunder basin grasslands north of douglas? Lots of antelope but a lot of people and there are a few different areas out there, a good map is a must you can get that map from the forest service office in douglas, they shoud be on the main web site. My friend and I took his dad and grandpa out there 2 years ago, he had the only antelope tag and we all had deer tags he got a nice buck and I got a small deer. His dad and grandpa passed on alot of deer but we saw more antelope than you could shake a stick at. There is a little more info for ya hope you guys draw and hope you have good luck!

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Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas USA
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My hunting buddy and I made our first trip to Wyoming for antelope last year. Below are some good links that helped us a lot.

[url]http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/07AppBooklet/07NRALL.pdf"]http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/07AppBooklet/07NRALL.pdf[/url]

[url]http://gf.state.wy.us/admin/regulations/chapter5/ch5ant.htm"]http://gf.state.wy.us/admin/regulations/chapter5/ch5ant.htm[/url]

[url]http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/DrawingOdds06/Ant_NonRes.pdf"]http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/DrawingOdds06/Ant_NonRes.pdf[/url]

http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/HarvestRpt/05BAntelope.pdf"

[url]http://plicmapcenter.org/WY/"]http://plicmapcenter.org/WY/[/url]

[url]http://gf.state.wy.us/admin/regulations/chapter5/ch5ant.htm"]http://gf.state.wy.us/admin/regulations/chapter5/ch5ant.htm[/url]

We put in for 3 different zones (two around Medicine Bow, one west of Casper) and got drawn for zone 70 just west of Casper....and that was our 3rd choice. It all worked out fine though because we both tagged out on nice bucks the first day. There was very little hunting pressure in our area that day and we had a blast.

Be sure and take a range finder, you'll need it.

Good Luck!
.270Win

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Location: NC
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Hey .270Win,

Man, great bucks! Thumbs up Just wondering what caliber you used to take that fine animal? Also, what days did you hunt: opening week or more towards the rut? My buddy and I trying to figure our days out and don't want to get into a crowded situation. One more thing, is that BLM land or Public land you were huntin'? Thanks for the pix! YH

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