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WY Area 97

I'm very new to this forum, but not new to hunting.  I've got an either sex tag for WY's Area 97, just east of Pinedale.  I haven't hunted that area yet, but will be out there looking the area over this weekend.

Just looking for any tips/pointers for that area.

A little background info- 40 years old, in pretty good shape, been hunting anything/everything I could chase for 30+ years now, but my elk hunting experience is limited.  Planning to do a backpack hunt w/ a couple of buddies.  Good experience w/ backpacking and camping to include in some high country.  Not afraid to break a sweat and do what it takes to pack an animal out.

Thanks for any advice.  There's plenty of it on here based on my reading so far.

One additional note- I grew up well east of WY whitetail hunting and love my 6mm, but will be chasing elk with my -06.

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Welcome to the site!  I am

Welcome to the site!  I am not familiar with Wyoming hunting, although I would love to go after some speed goats some day.

Best of luc, and hopefully you will stick around and post some success stories and photos after your trips!!

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pinedale hunting

I've never hunted that area but I've seen the country around there, I'ts pretty rugged but have heard of some success there . the wife's cousin lives in pinedale. we hunt west of pinedale but the first year we looked at hunting east of pinedale. Some of his freinds had the whole group tag out. the whole area around pinedale has good numbers of elk due to several feed grounds in the area and pretty good habitat and lots of steep country. there are a few wolves and the odd grizzly once in a while so prepare for that. the elk seem to stay up high there until the snow gets really deep like 9-10 thousand feet. I hope this helps and good luck  

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The country does look

The country does look challenging.  I haven't hiked it yet, but we drove by last weekend on the way to Jackson.  I've been studying my topos and I plan to hike a mile or two in, set up camp and hunt for a week.  If a buddy comes through there will be two of us; if not, I'll do it myself.  I'll definitely be mindful of the bears.  If it's a griizly  have bear spray; if it's a black I have a tag.   Yes

Will post a pic or two here if I manage to get lucky.

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Thanks for the welcome.  The

Thanks for the welcome.  The goat hunting is pretty good out here.  I managed to tag a nice buck, doe and muley doe last year north of Douglas.  They still have OTC goat tags for that area and there's a bit of public land to work with.  

This year I'm chasing elk and muley buck, and will have a bear tag just in case one wanders by.

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That's a very nice goat! 

That's a very nice goat!  Good luck on the hunts this year, and make sure to keep us informed!

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