I'm wondering how the antelope numbers are in Wyoming this year. I've hunted up around Gillette before, I'm also wondering about the southwest part of the state. I've heard it can be good but I've never spent any time there.
I think antelope numbers are way down in most parts of the state. That said, it is still better antelope hunting in Wyoming than pretty much anywhere else. This year we had to choose a new area we've never hunted before because there were no doe/fawn tags being offered in our usual units. Kind of a bummer, but we'll have a good hunt learning a new area and maybe do some fishing as well to round out the weekend hunting trip.
I've never hunted in SW Wyoming so I can't really comment specifically to that.
I have hunted in SW Wyoming several time and always have done well. We hunt mostly does but have seen some great bucks. We hunt north of a small town called Opal and east of Kemerer. As for numbers this year that is still to be seen after fawning and these late snowstorms.
Numbers are down from 2010. However, with the great spring/summer of 2013 and this milder-type winter, I'd expect things to be picking back up. Additionally, the tag cutting has helped to increase the heard rebound and perserve some "trophy" lopes.
Antelope numbers are definitely down and leftovers in decent units are almost guaranteed not to happen. Ive hunted central and southwest (red desert) and always had success. I prefer Casper are a units because I lived there for a bit and know it well. Units on the western half of the state are better units for non-residents to target due to the greater amount of public land. I would discourage any non-res from buying a tag in the Gillette area. I haven't seen many good bucks there and what few goats I have seen were always on private land. There is not much in the way of public ground up that way.
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I drove I-90 and I-25 through Wyoming in early March and again last week. On the first trip there was still quite a bit of snow, but I saw a lot of large herds on antelope. Last week, the prairies were greening up and the antelope were easy to see, even a mile or so from the road. They were in smaller bunches, but I still saw a lot of them.
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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