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putting together a DIY antelope hunt

Hello,

I have been working on putting together an antelop hunt in Wyoming for two years now, and it is time to send in the paper work.  I have been researching on the Wyoming GF website and also have a subscription to Eastmans hunting journal.  I want to hunt on public land, but I keep second guessing myself on what units i want to apply for.  I have been researching the WIA's a lot and Im affraid of not having easy access.  I have never hunted out west and I dont want to waste money and a tag on a mistake.  There is 3 in our party and we all have 1 PP going into this years draw.  Not looking for the record books, just a high success rate of a buck and to not have to worry about public access problems when I get there.  The three of us are not affraid of doing some walking for are bucks.  The main thing that confuses me is the Eastman's HJ rates some of these units to be "poor access" but They have WIA's.  Is there such thing as a WIA that has no access or very limited access?  I would also consider using BLM land if anybody has suggestions?

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if there's a walk in area, you can get to it

I've never seen a walk in area that didn't have county road access.  Don't be afraid of hunting BLM lands though.  Being willing to walk won't do you much good when antelope hunting.  I don't mean to be flippant, but if you're doing a lot of walking instead of stalking you're doing something wrong.  Let the truck do the walking, then park and do some stalking.  Just make sure the land you're on is publicly huntable.

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Thanks for the responses.  I was wondering where the best place to get good maps for Wyoming and BLM lands?  I have been on the BLM website and didnt know if that is where to get them.  I have a handheld gps from delorme and it has downloadable maps online.  Wyoming GF says to use there maps as a guide and they may be changes.

One other question I have is if there is good areas around some of the bigger towns/cities?   Looking to stay at a motel for the trip and would also need to find a butcher and taxadermist  any suggestion on an area that could accomodate all of the above?

 

Thanks again for all the help.  I cant wait to get a taste of Wyoming hunting and hopefully this will lead to Mulies and elk down the road.

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http://plicmapcenter.org/ Thi

http://plicmapcenter.org/

This place has been great for getting maps.

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wlbaseball13 wrote:

Thanks for the responses.  I was wondering where the best place to get good maps for Wyoming and BLM lands?  I have been on the BLM website and didnt know if that is where to get them.  I have a handheld gps from delorme and it has downloadable maps online.  Wyoming GF says to use there maps as a guide and they may be changes.

One other question I have is if there is good areas around some of the bigger towns/cities?   Looking to stay at a motel for the trip and would also need to find a butcher and taxadermist  any suggestion on an area that could accomodate all of the above?

 

Thanks again for all the help.  I cant wait to get a taste of Wyoming hunting and hopefully this will lead to Mulies and elk down the road.

the phone number for the WY Game and Fish Department sportsmans info is 1-800-331-9834.  Maybe they could give you some info  or maps or just transfer you to the right department.  I know that they have maps at the Forestry Service office in Newcastle, WY: phone number 1-307-746-4261.  Hope this helps, and if you don't get your tags, try for SD, we are just over the border from WY and we have some good pronghorn too.  In fact WY antelope season starts the week before ours and we geta lot of them coming over to avoid the hunters there.

 

 

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The poor access is probably

The poor access is probably in reference to the amount of public versus private just like the Wyoming website shows. You will be able to get into the walk in areas easily. There may only be one access point though and you will have to walk and sometimes a long ways from there. Hunter management areas are also an option in some units and you can drive on them if you have the permission slip. I have used these extensively. Plenty of info on the website about those also.

The only problem I have found with public land units as they are usually quite hard to draw unless it has a second season that most people don't want to wait for.

Like was said just glass and spot them from a distance and then plan your stalk. If your not worried about a big trophy and plan a few days you should have no problem filling your tags.

If just looking for a decent buck we have rarely hunted more than one or two days for the three of us. Last year we killed 18 antelope in four days of hunting. Remember the doe tags are cheap and you can have up to 4 of them if 2 are purchased as leftovers. 2 buck tags allowed if 1 is a leftover.

Good luck and get after them, you won't be dissappointed.

 

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According to Easrtmans I hunt

According to Easrtmans I hunt in a green chip area, but I would say in my unit I would consider it a blue chip.....I have seen pleant of monster bucks and the sheer number of antelope is great, and the land we hunt land is all BLM, we have some national forest land but it is quite a ways away.

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Try Montana

If your not looking for a trophy, and don't want to worry about land access, put in for any of the central Montana units.  Plenty of public lands that include State, BLM, and Block Management Areas.  I'm assuming your using a rifle, but if you want to try with bow, then put in for the 900 series tag.  The draw results are good, and you can hunt antelope with a bow almost anywhere you want in the state.  Season starts Aug 15th.  If you can't find public land with antelope in Montana, then you need to call me.  Fun times!

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I've always wanted to give

I've always wanted to give Montana antelope a try. Whwn you say central part of the state with good access do you have some unit numbers? I'm not even sure how the units work up there. Nothing specific just a point in the right direction so I can start my own research without wasting time. I worked on a ranch in western Montana when I was a kid and have always wanted to go back to the state to hunt something on my own.

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hunter25 wrote:

I've always wanted to give Montana antelope a try. Whwn you say central part of the state with good access do you have some unit numbers? I'm not even sure how the units work up there. Nothing specific just a point in the right direction so I can start my own research without wasting time. I worked on a ranch in western Montana when I was a kid and have always wanted to go back to the state to hunt something on my own.

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New Mexico is fairly easy for a DIY.

They changed the way they lay out the units from the way they did antelope in the past.  Basically if you put in for the draw, which is still open, you may be drawn in the equivelant to Big Game Units 13 & 17.  If you are assigned a ranch, you may be hunting side by side with an outfitted hunter who paid $5,500 to $6,800 for a Trophy Hunt on the same piece of land.  In the event you don't get drawn, New Mexico is loaded with out of state owners that have landowner tags they never get rid of and will often wheel and deal up to a couple weeks before the hunt.

If your hunting the BLM or State Lands with an ATV, you will need a New Mexico sticker for it.

Here's a couple pics of Pronghorns over 80 we've been able to shoot there.

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