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Northeast Wyoming antelope winter kill

When applying for northeast Wyoming antelope be aware that there is a chance that the herd is in trouble. Due to deep snow we are starting to see antelope dead and dying on the praires. Game and fish is saying it could be much worse than usual unless we get some melting. With still 2 months until spring I think the worst is yet to come. You might hold off on applying for tags until the last week and call game and fish first and see what tags will be available.

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Thanks for the heads up on

Thanks for the heads up on this one. The units I hunt are more to south central but I'm sure they get it pretty heavy also.

I hate to see this happening, there have been a few years here in my part of Colorado that were hit hard. About 20 years ago I remember being able to drive around and count the dead deer on the hillsides on county roads. It's sad to see these beautiful animals go that way.

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where exactly?

Do you mind saying which parts of the state exactly are in the worst shape.  I'm planning on a scouting run to some prospective areas this weekend.

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Is it as bad as all the

Is it as bad as all the antelope in unit 7 getting killed by a hailstorm like you posted last Fall?  Where exactly are you talking about?

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I must have missed the

I must have missed the hailstorm post.

I'll be waiting for an update and look for something to verify this report.

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I can tell you the same issue

I can tell you the same issue is happening in Eastern Montana.  The heards are struggling.  Frieght trains are running into large herds and killing hundreds because the snow is to deep anywhere but on the tracks. 

If your looking at hunting Montana, look more central part of the state.  Still huge heards of antelope running around.  Unit 7 would not be my firsts option in MT.

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Around the area I live areas

Around the area I live areas 3-4-7 are not looking good. Call the biolgist in Gillette and she could give you better in information, her first name is Heather. You may have to contact game and fish in Sheridan to get her number. You could also ask about the hailstorm killed antelope that were killed in areas 3-7 last summer since there seems to be some that don't believe it.

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I didn't make all the way to your country, but....

It's dry and the antelope look fine through most of eastern Wyoming up through Gillette and the Grasslands. It's Central Wyoming that looks the most ravaged to me. In the Shirley Basin area, I found young elk just laying by the side of the road, while snow was blowing over the top of her. When I turned around to snap some pics, it got up, but was in no hurry to run away. I probably saw less than 10% of the antelope I normally see in this area. That doesn't mean they are all dead, I just didn't see them, and I don't where they went. When I did find antelope, they were in pretty large groups. Conversely, up north of Casper, through Kaycee, and over into the Thunder Basin Grasslands country, things were looking fine to me.

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some pics from Saturday

Down in the snowy country:

Versus the dry country up north of Casper

 

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The notrheast units seem to

The notrheast units seem to be the hardiest hit right now. I was south of Gilette a couple of weeks ago and the antelope looked fine in the grasslands as there is hardly any snow cover. North and east of town is different and out around Keyhole the snow is very deep. The bioligist name in Gilette is Heather Obrian, I don't know what units you are looking at but she may be able to give you more information if you need it.

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Unit 63 about 50 miles north

Unit 63 about 50 miles north of Rawlins is where I intend to hunt this year as I have the 3 points need to draw it. Hopefully it's not devastated too bad there as thats fairly close to shirly basin that was mentioned by Ex.

It will be the first time I have used my preference points and I would hate to see them wasted on a bad year.

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