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Wiz
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General Pronghorn hunting info???

CAn anyone point me to a site that has much of the info needed by a new pronghorn hunter wrapped up? I realize that this might not be available, but man, it is slow digging into each state's files, plus picking a tiny bit of info out of a hundred outfitter's sites
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I am planning a pronghorn hunt, likely Wyoming, for my two sons, my brother and myself. I look at it as a once-in-a-lifetime event as I am not wealthy. Therefore, I want to make all the right choices.

It seems likely that I can't get there this year, as I didn't start planning and saving soon enough to meet the WY Feb deadline for liscense applications (if I read this right) Then I started looking at other states thinking about an unguided hunt, or at most, hiring a guide rather than foing through an outfitter. Man, did I become confused; about which states we are more likely to draw in, where to find public land that is huntable, how to contact private landowners, which units to designate, and a hundred other questions.

Anyway, I've about decided to wait a year and get it right. Any info you can point me to is appreciated. BTW, I got the book Pronghorn Hunting; while it has lots of good stuff, there is nothing about the questons above.

TIA/Don Carron

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General Pronghorn hunting info???

You can still get in on the Colorado draw for 2003. Apps aren't due until April or so. There are lots of units in western CO that offer pronghorn hunting. Probably not far from the units you were considering in WY. Might want to call the DOW, they might recommend some units to hit for antelope hunting.

My biggest recommendation is to come out 3-7 days before your hunt and heavily scout the land you will be hunting in advance. Perhaps even getting up early before the season starts and stalking some herds to get the feel for what it takes to get in range on a pronghorn.

I don't know of any way that is legal to lure antelope, so you'll have to stalk them. Also don't try to shoot them while they are running, unless you are a good shot. The critters are blasted fast when they are stirred up. If you have stalked other animals, pronghorns aren't any different, except that when they get away...they really get away. Wink

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The Colorado limited app must be in by April 2nd. The Wyoming deadling for antelope (if it is the same as last year) is March 15th. So you still have plenty of time to apply if you would like to do it this year.

Wyoming sells a antelope hunt area map here:

http://gf.state.wy.us/HTML/hunting/NRsections.htm

Recaps on Colorado antelope hunt stats are here:

http://wildlife.state.co.us/huntrecap/index.asp

In either state, it is simply a matter of selecting then applying for a unit you wish to hunt in. If you draw out, then you get to hunt for the 2003 season.

Wiz
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Thanks, Bit and Mod.

I have a lot more information on WY than CO, as well as local help there, so WY is more enticing right now. Bit, do you hunt CO? Can you tell me generally about success rates for CO as compared to WY from your experience and hearsay?

I'm quite ignorant, having never been on a western hunt of any sort. Weeding through info from the different state agancies (which I am doing) is quite confusing, though I expect it to start to clarify soon :smile:
Cheers/Don Carron

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We did run an article last year on how to prep for a western hunt. While not specific to antelope, it does go over some basics you should consider since this will be your first hunt in a western state. I hope you find it useful!

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WY should be a great place to hunt antelope, lot of habitat that they like.

I don't know about success ratio between the two states. However in some units in CO it may take a preference point or two to draw out in a unit. The situation may be the same in WY, I have heard the drought has hit their game pretty hard. Most people I know that have drawn an antelope tag, fill it.

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Wiz,

You didn't mention whether or not you wanted to use a guide. A guide will usually work out all the details regarding the application process for you, plus can tell you what the odds are that you will draw out in the units they hunt.

Wyoming guides are listed here:
http://www.biggamehunt.net/wyoming.html

Colorado guides are listed here:
http://www.biggamehunt.net/colorado.html

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General Pronghorn hunting info???

I have drawn for pronghorn four times in wyoming, and its not that hard to draw really. I hunt in units 99, (mostly private now.) and across the street in unit 102. anywere around Green River and Evanston. I like to go a day before, and drive with a spotting scope and find one that I like, they have good eyesight of course but their downfall is they are really curious animals, hiding behind a sagebrush and waving a white flag around will get them to come right in, also we drive the dirt roads and if you dont go fast you can usually get into range just driving around, its not a hard hunt for the kids and the weather that time of the yeat is great. the hunts there start september 1 and I am pretty sure they go through the end of the month

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General Pronghorn hunting info???

Wyoming has the biggest numbers for speed goats! On the other hand, New Mexico has the real Trophy animals or wall hangers.

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