Get yourself a good map showing public land, knock on a few doors, and just keep positive. It's antelope hunting, not a back country elk hunt. No guide unless you like the comfort of having one. I would guess you can find antelope on public ground or a land owner wanting to thin the herd rather quickly.
There are A LOT of goats around this area. There is also lots of State and BLM land. If you get on 90 and go east toward Gillette, you will see more goats than you can count. When you get to Buffalo, go to The Sports Lure. They have BLM maps and can help you with any questions. Between the walk-in areas, State, BLM, and National Forest( yes they are in the foothills of the Bighorns ), there is no shortage of places to hunt.
I am also interested in hunting antelope in Wyoming for the first time. I am leaning towards not using a guide and have been doing some research on the web. I am a member of Eastmans Hunting Journal, and I am looking at the MRS section on the breakdown of the antelope hunting areas. What area(s) is Buffalo in? It looks to me it is 17 or 23. Im looking for the best area for public access and draw % for a nonresident. Trophy quality isnt a concern for my first trip.
Also, do you need a permission slip or pay a fee to access BLM and State land. I just see info on the walk in areas and HMA areas on the game and fish website.
Welcome to BGH! Buffalo area has a lot of tags but almost all of that area is private land, if you are wanting to hunt Buffalo, WY based on my knowledge, the walkin areas will be the best bet. The NE part of WY has much more public land. You won't need permission to access public land, but you will if the BLM or State land is land locked by private. I would call the Fish and Game officer for the area you are interested in and find out what BLM/SL is public. The walkin areas can be a great deal too.
Thanks for the advise. I have been spending most of my time looking at the walk in area on Wyoming's Game and Fish website and it looks like there is a lot to choose from, almost to much to choose from. Is there any walk in areas in the state that stand out from the rest? Not concerned to much on where in the state.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...