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  Yes, Wade told me earlier

 

Yes, Wade told me earlier that the animals would be very skittish and hard to get a close shot at.  Plus the big game access ranches are surrounded by other ranch land that is not accessible... and I think the Antelope know it as most of the animals I saw were there.  Yes, I am a Cleveland Browns fan so am very well adapted to saying there is always next year!  lol

 

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It's too bad that you didn't

It's too bad that you didn't get into the antelope.  I have always figured that late season hunting is a crap shoot at best.  You are either hoping for bad weather or getting bad weather when you don't need it.  Not to mention as it sounds with your tag that you have to hunt specific areas for your anima and hope that they are therel. 

 

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  Yes, I really wanted to get

 

Yes, I really wanted to get one so I could know what they taste like.  I guess I buy some or wait until next year!!!  And yes, my tag was good for 4 units only and from the 3rd to the 11th.  I had no permission for private property so used big game access ranches in 2 of the 4 units.  It was still good to get out hunting and I learned a lot for the 1st time Antelope hunt.  Next year will be different!

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Sorry you didn't get into

Sorry you didn't get into them. I was waiting with interest to see how it worked out for you. I always wondered about the hunts over there but it doesn't sound all that great. At least to drive from here anyway. I'll stick with Wyoming for most of my antelope hunting and slowly let the points build here again for a buck up in the northwest corner.

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I've never hunted the late

I've never hunted the late antelope seasons either.  I've been waiting to see how you'd do as well.  Most late season hunts are hard in my opinion because of the weather and temperature.  I hate to admit it, but I am much more of a fair-weather hunter than I used to be.  The earlier seasons are just much more enjoyable for me to spend a week in the woods.

If you're thinking of going to Wyoming I'd be happy to share some info with you on where we've had good success and lots of fun.  The application deadline is February or early March, so you have plenty of time to think it over and check out the regs, etc.

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  I would definitely

 

I would definitely appreciate some guidance on where to hunt in WY.  The crapper here is I have a huge antelope herd less than 3 miles from the house but it is on Banning-Lewis ranch property that will not let me step foot on.

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Retired, keep at it

My first two years of hunting late season were a bust as the goats were highly skittish after the earlier Oct. seasons shoot fest. Couldn't get to within 400 yards of em. And, they seemed to know the property lines they were safe on as you would see em within 200 yards there not moving. This year me and my dad hit the second to last day and nobody was out there and we lucked out  and got onto 2 big herds in our area the second of which we were able to connect on. Just like that sometimes. Keep hitting both seasons though as the late season doe tags are easy to get and next year you could easily turn the tables and get into a shooting situation rather easily as oppossed to not finding em this year.

Take er easy!

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Thanks SoCoKHntr.  I was just

Thanks SoCoKHntr.  I was just highly disappointed in not getting one this year.  I'll definitely keep at it.  I just have to do more scouting and will also heed your advice.  Thanks!

 

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I've hunted those Biggame Access properties two seasons in a row now and have not had much luck. Saw more antelope on the way to those properties than I ever saw even near them.  Never saw too many hunters, but then again I hunted during the end of the 1st rifle on a Thursday and Friday too.

I'd rather go back to hunting BLM land in another part of the state for prongorn.  Had much better luck with that in the past.  I hear of hunter who do fill their tags every season since those Access properties opened for hunting, but for $40 extra bucks and from what I've seen so far, it's just not worth it to me.  Probably won't go that route again.

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You are Right!

 

You are right WesternHunter!  I spent most of my scouting this past year on my elk hunting and the antelope was an "extra" effort in the field.  I will look for better possibilities in 2012 rather than the extra $40 for the big game access - that was a waste of money this year.  And that is what I sent in the survey I was sent from the CO DOW.  Thanks for responding!

 

 

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