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Wyoming antelope, first timer questions

Hello all,

I have some questions and concerns on hunting public land in Wyoming for antelope. I replied to a similar post with some responses, but I think if I start a new one, I will get more action. I have been researching with the help of Wyoming's Game and FIsh website, Eastmans Members Research Section, and Google Earth.

Like the other post that I saw, I have a billion questions, but I think I can boil them down to just a few. I plan on taking advantage of the Walk-In-Areas for my hunt. Has anybody used the walk in areas and is that a good choice for a first time? Is there any WIA's that I should avoid? Im not set on any cartain area, Im just looking for an area with a high nonresident draw % (with no points) and has a good walk in area I can use.

I also saw on maps that there is a lot of BLM and state land. Is that land that I can just pull over on the side of the road and use?

Any do and dont's I need to know before i continue my planning?

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Re: Wyoming antelope, first timer questions

Look for a combination of BLM, state land and walkin hunting to provide you more opportunities. On the public land you'll have roads and two tracks that you can drive to scout for the antelope. You must stay on roads or two tracks - don't venture off.

Walk in hunting is a good option - private land that is open for a specified period of time to the public.

Get a BLM and State land map so you know the boundries - it can be tricky.

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Re: Wyoming antelope, first timer questions

Thanks for the advise. Does the Walk-In-Areas get a lot of hunting pressure? I hunt some state forest land in WV and on the weekends, its hard to find a parking spot. Is there WIA's that are to small to use? We hunt private property in WV and 1000 acres is a lot to hunt if their is a few of us, you throw a larger group on the same land and it get small quick.

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Re: Wyoming antelope, first timer questions

I think it's more of a question of when you hunt. Opening weekend is by far the most popular time to hunt, as are the weekends. A small WIA can be productive if there are the right conditions, namely water. As mentioned above, find an area with a combination of public land and WIA. The WIA areas are decent if you are willing to work a little, which in this case means wearing out the shoe leather. An area might appear completely devoid of antelope from the main roads, but a walk through will often reveal antelope in small pockets that can't be seen from the road.

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Re: Wyoming antelope, first timer questions

Thanks everybody for the help. I plan on hunting next fall in early October. My plans are to purchase a preference point this year and enter the draw next year. I figure by early October the hunting pressure will be less.

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Re: Wyoming antelope, first timer questions

As an out of stater (Iowa), I have hunted pronghorns in WY six times. I have often wondered about the walk in areas and public hunting opertunities, but have always found a rancher that was more than willing to allow hunters for very minimal fees. The first two trips cost us nothing more than the tear off tickets that the state offers to landowners who allow out of state hunters on their property. I have however, alwayschosen ranches that had BLM ground in close proximity. I have also always been told that you should avoid opening weekend no matter which area you chose, but have never had that be an issue. We have always filled all our tags within the first two days in each area. If your just looking for average to respectable goats, I would recomend the area around Kaycee. There are good numbers and we have seen some very good animals there. You can also buy tags over the counter at the convienance store in Kaycee and across the road are some nice cabins to stay in for resonable rates that will even let you hang you kill in the garage and they have deep freezes if you want to process your own. Four of us were there two years ago and of all the places in WY I've hunted, I think I liked this area best over all. We hunted just east of Kaycee and found very good numbers. We filled all our buck tags the first day, (just couldn't wait on the big ones) and then bought doe tags over the counter for something like $36. No matter where you go, it is an excellent trip in my book for a very reasonable price. If you're interested in this area, I can give you more details for the north central WY area. Have fun!

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Areas in Kaycee to hunt

I have hunted mule deer in that area in 2006 and 2004 and am looking to hunt there again.  Unfortunately the ranch I hunted has now gone to outfitter only.  We filled our mule deer tags in 2 days, but had a harder time filling our over the counter antelope tags.  We stayed at the cabins you're talking about, they were nice and the owner was gracious to us.  I am now planning a trip for 2012 and am looking for info on areas to hunt and possible ranches to contact for both mule deer and antelope.  Any details or numbers would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for any info.

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Re: Wyoming antelope, first timer questions

Thanks for the info. I would be interested in more details on that area. Also, any contact information on possible landowners that will allow us to hunt (for a small fee or less).

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Here is a great site to see

Here is a great site to see all the public land in WY.  Just enter the game you are hunting and click the layers and you can print off the map/maps

 

http://sunlight.wygisc.uwyo.edu/huntareaV1/#app=8a30&34a0-selectedIndex=1

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That is a great site. Thanks

That is a great site. Thanks for sharing.

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I've had great luck on OTC

I've had great luck on OTC walk in area pronghorn hunts.

Sometimes you can let the crowds help you. Several times last year people ran large groups of goats right into my lap. As long as your happy with a goat thats 12-13 inches tall you should be happy. Just dont be afraid to do some walking and glassing.

These are 2 of the 4 bucks we took in a WIA in wyoming last year. Filled four tags in a day and a half of hunting and had a blast doing it.

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