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PRONGHORNS: need info on where to go

Hi guys! My buddy and have never hunted pronghorns but they're way up on our list of species we want to hunt. I am looking for info on where to go. what state? Looking for a state with a non-resident rifle season and reasonable draw odds or over-the-counter tags. Also good access and public land would be a pluss. We have deer applications in for Nevada and Idaho this year so our pronghorn hunt would most likely be in 2012. any info I could get would be greatly appreciated.

We are mule deer guides from Washington state. anyone willing to pass some info our way would be traded any info they want from WA (hunting/fishing/vacationing ect..) Also if someone was willing to let us hunt their land and/or take us out (guided or semi-guided) we would return the favor here for mule/whitetail deer, bear, turkey or salmon/steelhead river fishing. I am an apple/pear farmer by trade, I'll send you some fresh picked apples or pears for the right help too! thanks!

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Wyoming

Wyoming would be the place your looking for Thumbs up

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white duck wrote:

Wyoming would be the place your looking for Thumbs up

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x3 I have a couple of friends

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I have a couple of friends that have had success almost every year they go out there.

And, best of all, their success is always on private land.

That hunt is on my "to do" list also, and Wyoming is where I will be headed.

Good luck!

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Like we have told many before

Like we have told many before you there is no question that Wyoming is the place to get started for antelope. Other states have them but it is easiest to draw and learn the ropes in Wyoming. Lots of public land but some of those areas with the most public can be hard to get a tag unless they have a second season in that unit that people don't want to wait for.Get on the Wyoming website as they have all the information you need. Draw statistics, Public land availability or if there are walk in areas or hunter management areas for private land hunting.

I have gotten some information about Montana that makes it also look good for the same reasons just a little harder to figuer out where to go.

Btw I've probably sold your product as I'm a produce guy for one of the big retailers down here.

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After thinking about it I

After thinking about it I decided to elaborate just a little more. Since you are not planning to go till next year make sure you buy a preference point for Wyoming this summer, I forget the exact date it opens up for point purchase but you have plenty of time. Then if you are willing to spend a couple hundred extra you can also apply for the special license and it's usually like getting 2 more points added on.

I have three points and should draw the area I want this year but by doing what I said you could possibly draw a similar area as soon as next year. There are many areas that do not require a point but of course some are better than others.

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If you just want to hunt a

If you just want to hunt a unit where you can normally get a tag without even putting in for the drawing, then put in for unit 7 or 29 in 2012 because there are always leftover tags in those units.  If you want to buy a PP this summer, then that time period is from 7/1 to 9/30 and it costs $30 for an antelope PP.  Everything can be done on the Wyoming G&F website with a credit card.  If you do buy a PP this summer, then put in for unit 27 and you will draw that tag in 2012.  Get back to me by email, if and when you get the tags, and I'll help you with the actual hunt itself.  I live in MI, but Wyoming is like my second home and I've been out there most years since the mid 90s and I'd be glad to help you get an average to above average goat out there, depending on what you want.  My email addy is:  stephensonm@chartermi.net

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I am not a big fan of one

I am not a big fan of one word posts so hopefully this prelude will excuse it:

WYOMING

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Wyoming is the place to be. I

Wyoming is the place to be. I can tell you that if you hunt hard you can kill a decent goat just about anywhere. Antelope hunting is a fun and inexpensive trip.

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wyoming you think???

What do you guys think about WYOMING? haha I kinda figured that was the place to start, but wanted a second opinion. I guess I got it. Good thinking about applying for that PP this summer, I think I'll do so. Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. I'll have a few more questions I'm sure as I get closer to this hunt.

Just got my Nevada and Idaho mule deer applications in so this is going to be a deer year, but really looking foreward to 2012 and a pronghorn hunt!

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I very nearly applied for

I very nearly applied for Nevada pronghorn as well but decided I  had too many other things going on to apply there also. I have pronghorn apps in for Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Next year planning to do Montana as well but no time to go this year if I drew.

Deer are my first passion also but pronghorn require far less time and planning to make it happen.

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