Looking forward to my first speedgoat hunt. I am from Missouri and have been drawn for WY rifle zones 45 and 11. I suppose my first question is for people more local to that area. I am looking for some help choosing which walk in accesses to hunt. Basically just wondering which of the following are most likely to be holding goats. In zone 45 I was looking at area 1 which is essentially the southwest corner of twin buttes reservoir which is near lake hattie. As for zone 11 I am a little more confused where I should focus. I am thinking area 97 which offers 1200 acres about 4 miles north of Torrington, or area 1 that offers 10,700 acres about 7 miles north of Ft. Laramie. However, this area is pretty broken up but does offer predator hunting.... Or possibly zone 14 which offers 8900 acres between Keeline and Manville. So are these areas I should target or am I going the wrong direction? Alright, my second question is what do I do with guts? I seem to remember reading that you must take carcass to a disposal area and that makes sense for skeleton, skin, etc. but do I really have to carry the entrails over my shoulder instead of just burying them? Thanks for helping a first timer!
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Tue, 2013-08-27 19:38
Help me with my first WY Antelope
Wed, 2013-08-28 18:27#1
We hunt area 115 for the goats. I'm sure you'll have no problem filling your tag. Glass a lot and be ready to take some pretty long shots. Those things are literally everywhere. We just leave the guts in the field. The carcass, after you've removed ALL edible meat, can be dumped at the many available landfills / dumps. Every town has one and they're usually free for animal carcasses, at least that's been my experience.
Thu, 2013-08-29 14:53#2
Thanks for the response. I am
Thanks for the response. I am just driving a long way for this DIY and don't know what to expect. Also nervous since I won't be able to make it out there until Oct. 7th so I am pushing it. Any additional advice for a late season hunt? Also, to anyone who hunts walk in areas I was wondering about access. I am assuming most of these Walk-ins are fenced areas. Can you just hop the fence anywhere along the walk in area or is there a main "gate" area that you must enter/exit through?
Thu, 2013-08-29 17:16#3
I'm assuming by zone you are
I'm assuming by zone you are referring to unit number? Not sure as you have referred to zone and area but then added another zone later. Clarify that first and we'll go from there if we can. 45 is a decent unit but very little public land to hunt on. Look into hunter management areas to apply for in whatever units you have. Usually better than walk ins.
Thu, 2013-08-29 17:54#4
Yes, you can jump fences, as
Yes, you can jump fences, as much public land has been fenced by cattle ranchers. Just be certain you're on public land. There are many gates to access the walk-in hunts. Just park your truck and start hiking. Some of these areas are really huge and you'll best be served by driving the main roads adjacent to the hunt areas then stopping and jumping the fence when you locate the animals.
There's a lot of ground to cover searching for goats on the flat, barren public fields. We don't "road hunt" , but all of the goat guides I've met state that's how they "spot and stalk" the big areas. Unless you're hunting over a water hole, or over an alfalfa field, you're not going to get all that close to them. Of all the free ranging goats we've run across on public lands, the closest we've come is around 200 yards, or so. We're pretty lucky where we hunt them. It's on private ranches and the goats are literally standing in the alfalfa fields mid-day. Pretty easy pickings. Good luck and have a great time.
BTW, ask the game and fish folks in your hunt area for their suggetions on where to go. They're really helpful and may have the name of a rancher, or two, who wants to thin his goat herd for no cost to you.
Thu, 2013-08-29 18:53#5
Thanks again. To clarify, I
Thanks again. To clarify, I have drawn two tags. Zone 45 and 11. In zone 45 the only walk in area (WIA) available is area 1 so apparently that is where I am headed. According to google maps that appears to be a fenced in area surrounded by public road hence my fence jumping question. As for zone 11 there are several WIA's to choose from and I could not distinguish them from the rest of the landscape so I am at a little bit of a loss as to which to target. I suppose I will just pick two that seem accessible and have a couple backups saved in the gps. Anyone have a factory bullet preference for 30-06? I had been hunting deer with core-lokt but last year I was unhappy with them on two occasions. I was thinking maybe barnes vor-tx but wasn't sure if anyone had one they really liked. Something flat shooting with some umph.
Thu, 2013-08-29 20:42#6
I'm not sure if the draw for
I'm not sure if the draw for hma's is still open but if it is apply for the Xbar for the time you'll be there. Small property but very few people walk in to the walk in part. Worth the application if you get it and will have more options.
Thu, 2013-08-29 20:44#7
I've killed antelope there
this is for 45,I've killed antelope there twice.
I have no experience with 11
Thu, 2013-08-29 22:04#8
Thanks for the
Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately they are only doing archery. I have no HMA options for the dates I will be there.
Fri, 2013-08-30 14:18#9
Definitely contact the game
Definitely contact the game and fish wardens. Ask them about access areas and if they know of any ranchers that will let you hunt for a trespass fee. Some fees are steep, some are not. I do know the ranchers I've met do not like antelope at all and I've not had to pay yet. Also, it helps to gain access if you're only seeking doe/fawn animals. Many of the ranches get their money from the guys seeking trophy horns, whether they be guides or independent hunters.
Fri, 2013-08-30 18:30#10
Like was said above you
Like was said above you should make a few phone calls. The Laramie office is closest and they should have a list of landowners. Ask them to email or send it to you. Start going down the list and call them all. Sometimes fees are high but sometimes very reasonable. BE sure to ask how much land and how many hunters they allow as well. I've only done this once but it did pay off for me.
Laramie Regional Office
528 S. Adams
Laramie, WY 82070