Me and my buddy are planning a DIY antelope hunt in Wyoming in 2011. Neither one of us have been To WY and I would like to get some information on how some of you Do-it-yourselfers get it done. I have done some extensive research on WY Antelope but quite frankly, the rules and regs are quite humbling when I am used to the 12 page book for Indiana, lol. Here is what how we want to do it. We want to drive out there. We want to camp and not stay in hotels or lodging. I notice that there is a lot of BLM land (especially in the western part of the state) and we want to stick to the BLM land for hunting and as our base camp. We would like to get buck tags, but are not out looking for anything “record book”. Now if one of those comes along- great, but we are more or less looking to have fun hunting and harvesting speed goats.
I have discovered through research that you can generally get within and under 300yds of what you are trying to shoot. I have also discovered that some units are a lot easier to get drawn that others. I am assuming that the harder ones hold more trophy animals? A few questions (And I am sure once I get the answers, they will produce more questions, lol).
1.Considering ORV permits. Do I need one for my own vehicle if we are on BLM Land?
2.Is camping on BLM land considered a good practice? Meaning, do people generally respect other people’s campsites and is it even legal to camp on BLM land. Or should we establish are base camp at an actual campground?
3.What kind of weather should I expect to experience during the antelope season? (ie, general temps, snow/ no snow, and what about this prairie clay that I hear can get a vehicle stuck bigger than sh$t?
4.We plan on using rifles. 7mm-08 and 270 Winchester to be exact. Are some areas “overrun” by hunters on BLM land during the rifle season?
5.Are there any areas with a high percentage of success for first time draws for nonresidents? Are these areas worth anything for harvesting a modest buck/ non trophy?
Like I stated earlier, we are looking to experience the western hunt, enjoy the sights and harvest animals. We are not necessarily looking to “make the books” with our harvests. Any help would be greatly appreciated….