sdwolfden and I hunt on the Wyoming border just south of Hwy 16, right at the northern border of 27 area. The reason we had less than great results during the first season was because of the moist year. The goats in this area were spead out do to the fact water was plentiful. During drought conditions, the ranch that we hunt is the only source of water in the area. In January, we have been invited to hunt over the rancher's hay stores. The goats have been tearing his hay bales apart and once they have been in the hay, the cattle avoid it. We also have M/L tags we can fill at the same time. Just think, deer and goats on the same hunt. Now you can't do better than that.
Weather shouldn't be too much of a problem. If it gets cold or windy, we can snuggle back into the hay and stay nice and warm.
How much are those tags for a non resident. If it isn't that bad than I might be able to make something happen. I have also never hunted up that way at all. Do you have any suggestions on where I should look. Are these tags available online?
there are non resident tag available online. www.gfp.sd.gov. You can get to the application from that site. The cost is $80 for two tags for doe/fawn. Since you are coming from Colorado, you might want to think about area 27 which is in the very far south/western corner of the state. The towns in that area are Custer, Edgemont, and Hot Springs. As far as public grounds to hunt, Buffalo Gap National Grasslands as well as several walk-in areas governed by the GFP and BLM. On that site, you can get an atlas of all public hunting areas in the state of South Dakota. We could also show you areas if you wanted to get in contact with us.
So you have to purchase two tags huh? That is not a bad deal at all though. Thanks for the help and I am going to talk to my brother, brother in law and other hunting buddies and see if I can throw something together. If I can not get atleast one other person to join in than I do not know if I can make it happen. I do not really want to make that drive alone in the cold of winter anyways but I would really like to be able to split gas with one of them. If I can get one of them to bite on the opportunity than I will be in touch soon. Thanks again guys for the help. I got to try out my first handloads on a doe pronghorn in October but I still have some left that want to get burnt!
it is about a 3.5 hour drive from fort collins to hotsprings or edgemont which is unit 27 area...plenty of goat around for you to play with and yes all the tags are double doe...well some unit are triple doe...i willo be in unit 27 hunting for sure unless we get super bad weather.
scruffy d...give me a hollar and we will grb a cup of coffee...im only 3 blocks away from your work.
All we use for prongies are handloads. We shoot 125gr. Spitzers from our .303 British SMLE's and we love them. As far as distances, my girlfriend took her doe this year at 191 yds, but her last year's goat was over 300 yd shot. I have made shots ranging from 150 yds to over 400 yds. It is a blast when you connect at ranges of over 300 yards.
flyguy, I work at the printing plant, a little farther away, but this is our busiest time of the year. Will try to give you a call in the next week or so.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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