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THE WAIT

The wait for the Wyoming draw is driving me loonier than a bat in a belfry.

In the meantime I'm working up loads for my 25/06 and shooting every week. Next week I'll settle on a load for the 115 Grain Nosler Ballistic Tip and start working on another one with with the 117 Grain Hornady SST.

Which bullet, given that both perform in my rifle, tends to fare better for antelope in the land where the wind blows all the snow out of Cheyenne all the way to IA and MN? 

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If the suspense is too much I

If the suspense is too much I think we can still withdraw or modify the application till tomorrow. lol

Any way I think which ever one shoots better would be fine for the antelope. But if your planning on using it for deer as well the Hornady may be a slightly better choice. I've no experience with the Hornady but know the Nosler can be fragile.

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No Way!

There is no way I'd back out of going to WY.

Just the good camping company is enough to have me going, not to mention the hunting. I am looking forward to it and for me this will be like Christmas.

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When will we know??

When will we know anyway?? The flight$ to Casper from NY seem to be creeping up. Good Luck BikerRN. On another note, last year there were leftover doe and buck tags available for I think unit 30 or 31. The worker at the hardware store was great and gave us info on all areas around us that had any tags left. He also had a list of the land owners and thier contact info.Some of them charged a minimal trespass fee. My buddy bought a doe tag for I think $36 and went to one of the ranches and asked If he could go shoot a doe. They let him go on for free and he had his doe on the truck in less than an hour. I hope we all draw!  Kevin

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Should be about 2 more weeks

Should be about 2 more weeks when the results come out. I looked at some other units like 29 but I think it closed a little earlier than we needed as BikerRn can't make it until 10/15. I think 30 was a second coice but hopefully 73 will come through. 30 has very little public land hence the possible leftovers. I have not inquired for possible landowner list but if you have the chance to get one let us know. I've found though that some won't charge for does or very little but if you have a buck tag it's a totally different matter. 

Good luck to everyone, it's coming up fast.

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Good luck!

Good luck guys - I'm waiting for the NH and Maine moose tag drawings and share your pain!

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Try the 117 grain Hornady

Try the 117 grain Hornady BTSP in your 25-06 for antelope.  I've been using that bullet ahead of 50 grains of IMR 4350 in my Ruger M77 with a varmint barrel and get under MOA at a muzzle velocity of 3000fps.  Every one I've taken has been one shot through the lungs and they don't move and are DRT.  I quit using the SST as I found they are too fragile on deer, but they will do okay on antelope.  However, be prepared for a big wound channel and some lost meat compared to the BTSP round.  I'm partying with a guy from Idaho who has never hunted them, so I hope we draw our tag in the hard-to-draw area I hunt whenever I can get a tag.  It will be touch and go getting a tag with our 2.5 PP average.  Results of the draw will be online sometime the last week of the month.  Good luck everyone.

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While I would like a buck tag

While I would like a buck tag I'd be just as happy with four or five doe tags for the meat.

I'm trying to work up a load for my 25-06, Hornady 117 Grain SST with Reloader 22 behind it at just over 3,000 fps. I wasn't happy with the Nosler Ballistic Tip and H4831sc.

Tomorrow will be my second range day this week. Even a bad day at the range beats a good day working in my book.

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weird results

My party was all over the place.  I got the two tags I expected, one buddy got nothing, and my girlfriend got a tag for a different unit than I remembered asking her to put in for, though it's an area we certainly talked about.

Anyway, still a few leftovers we can put to use, we'll see how it all shakes out.

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Tags

I got my Buck tag but will have too look at doe tags OTC.

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I made a late night run, insomnia, to the Post Office and fount a Non-Resident Special Antelope Tag in my mailbox.

One step closer to making my Wyoming dreams a reality. Thank you Wade. I look forward to our hunt together. This is my first Non-Resident tag and I look to have a lot of fun and learn a new area and huntable species.

Biker

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