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Needing info on Thunder Basin Nat. Grassland, WY

I have applied for antelope tags in the Thunder Basin area and was looking for someone that can provide some in site about the area. I realize a person can camp anywhere on the Government ground.
I hunted the Ogallala National Grasslands many times with bow and arrow and we camped out on the grasslands, in an area set aside to camp and on a private ranch.

I was wondering if there are areas better to set up camp? Some places out of the wind, maybe some trees or available drinking water or a place they prefer people to camp. I know of the camping in the surrounding cities like Newcastle and the motels, but they are all 30 miles or more. Anymore information would be appreciated.

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Re: Needing info on Thunder Basin Nat. Grassland, WY

Don't know much about it myself, but try here:

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Re: Needing info on Thunder Basin Nat. Grassland, WY

I couldn't get the link to work?

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Re: Needing info on Thunder Basin Nat. Grassland, WY

it was just a link for the forest service website, specifically the Thunder Basin Grasslands. do a search

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Re: Needing info on Thunder Basin Nat. Grassland, WY

You may not be able to get out of the wind the entire time you are there.
If you are planning on having a campfire bring wood.
Bill has a good sized motel, a convienience store/bar and camping hookups. They don't sell hunting licenses.
Bring water.

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How did it go?

I'm looking for the same thing for 2011, StabyhounDogs. Did you have any luck finding a spot?

 

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I found contact information

I found contact information for ranchers and trespass fees and started calling them about camping on their ranches.  To my supprise 8 out of 10 of them said I could camp for no fee.  The one I ended up even had electric hook ups and didn't charge me, but I did give him a good donation for a weeks worth of electric. 

Like a lot of people said you have to get out of the truck and hike around and as I found out, the antelopes seem to come out of the wood work.  I turned down a few before taking one on the third day.  It scored in the 80 range, a bit short of B&C. Had a good time and will go back again soon.

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