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Public land near Laramie for pronghorn?

New to forum and new to hunting the west here.  I have only hunted the west once, and was set up with a private land opportunity in area 38 to shoot a doe.  I'm thinking my next hunt will be a self-guided deal on public land, but my local knowledge is still low.  In the interest of being economical, I would think flying into Denver is best, then driving into SE WY, probably staying in Laramie, which is what I did this year.  Is there a better approach than what I'm thinking, for hunting on a budget?  I realize there is a lot of land in WY for pronghorn, but there aren't many major airports, so let me know your thoughts.  How about Area 47; is it too heavily hunted?

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Don't have any info on

Don't have any info on antelope hunting in Wyoming, but I wanted to say welcome to the site!  There are actually quite a few guys on here that hunt speedgoats there, so you should be able to get a response or 2. I plan on trying it sometime, just haven't yet.

Be sure to look around the forums.  Make sure to throw up a photo and a story of any of your hunts, we'd like to hear them.  Best of luck in planning you antelope hunt. Should be fun!

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Okay, I have hunted in

Okay, I have hunted in 32,43,45,46, and 63 so far. 47 Falls south of 32. I know a guy I used to work with hunted 47 for does every year and did well. He has applied for many years for a buck and never gotten a tag but he won't pay for a preference point either. I think but am not sure that there is a second season that you can draw the buck your first try, at least there used to be. The public land is there but you can be somewhat limited. I believe that's the Shirley basin area. And there will be a lot of hunters. All the areas I've hunted other than 63 has been on hunter management areas, some are good and others not so good but at least you can get some hunting in the earlier season.

Now if it's mostly does you want the options are pretty easy as to where you can go. 63 will take 3 points for a buck tag but there will be leftovers for does.

Welcome to the forum and assk more questions when they come to you.

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Wyoming is a great state to

Wyoming is a great state to hunt antelope.  Just about any unit will provide good opportunity, but the amount of public land can be a concern.  The state does have a couple of really good programs to provide public hunters with access to private property.  Check out the link below for more details on these programs.  Like Hunter25, we've hunted in HMA's (Hunter Management Areas) without any issues and had really good success.

http://gf.state.wy.us/plpwhmprogram/default.aspx

Another good website to check out is the Wyoming Hunt Units and Hunter Success website.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of continued funding, this site is now defunct.  I haven't checked out the GeoData website link that is provided, but if it's only half as good as before it will be well worth the time you spend looking through the data and land ownership mapping tools.  The link (from my bookmark) is below.  This will take you to the old site that provides the link to the GeoData server.

http://sunlight.wygisc.uwyo.edu/huntareaV1/#app=8a30&f52c-selectedIndex=0

I haven't hunted around Laramie so I can't help too much on specifics for good public land areas there.  However, if it's like the other areas I have hunted there will be antelope on both public and private land with good opportunities on both.

Flying to Denver will probably save some money on airline tickets.  If you start watching fare prices, you should be able to get a deal into Denver.  Are you planning on renting a vehicle for a week or so?  That might be pretty pricey too for a budget hunt.  Depending on how you feel about driving, you might want to compare driving (even across the country) with the cost of airline fare and car rental.  Just a thought.

As far as a budget hunt for antelope in Wyoming goes, the reduced costs doe/fawn tags are a great deal and you can purchase up to 4 of these per hunter.  Not that you'd want to try to pack 4 antelope into a cooler for a flight home, but the number of tags available to each hunter is great, especially those coming from out of state who want to hunt for the entire week (or however long they plan to stay).  The cost of these tags is $34 each for a non-resident adult.  If you apply for them in the draw there is a $14 application fee that is added to each tag too.  That makes the total cost $48 for a draw tag and $34 for a leftover purchase tag.  You can only apply for 2 of these reduced cost tags in the draw.  You can then purchse 2 more as leftovers if there are any.  In my experience, there are usually leftovers for doe/fawn tags but you had better know when they go on sale and go get them as soon as possible.  Most of the good units sell out in a matter of hours, definitely before noon.  We usually apply for at least one doe/fawn tag for each hunter and then puchase several others as leftovers.

The draw in Wyoming is a bit confusing too (at least compared to Colorado, where I'm from), but I'm assuming you are at least familiar with this process since you have hunted Wyoming before.  If not, post a new thread and many others here will be happy to give you some pointers and explain the process for you.

Good luck on planning your hunt.  You won't be disappointed.  Wyoming is awesome for antelope and one of our funnest hunts each year.  We hunt a lot of big game in Colorado (elk, deer, antelope) and the Wyoming hunt would be one hunt we just wouldn't miss, even if it meant giving up other hunts in Colorado.  

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Um...so I went and checked

Um...so I went and checked the GeoData website provided by the now defunct Hunting Units and Hunter Success website I was trying to refer you to.  Well, it's pretty much a bust.  It does have a mapping tool, but not much else.  The land ownership, GMU (by species) boundaries, number of tags issued in the previous year, hunter success rate, all of these functions are not available through the GeoData website.  That is too bad.  It used to be very useful to check out all the data while overlayed on a map of the areas.  Looks like you'll have to resort to the old fashioned pdf files of the downloaded stats.  Sorry!

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