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Wyoming Antelope Unit 16

I didn't draw the antelope tag in Wyoming I wanted and was looking at unit 16 since it has left over tags. I understand from the research I have done that this unit has limited public access but has one decent size walk in area southeast of Buffalo, Wyoming. Have any of you ever hunted this unit? If so, please give many any pointers for good areas, where there many bucks over 14", what was the hunting pressure like, etc.

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16 is doable with a good GPS

16 is doable with a good GPS and chip for landownership along with a good map.    If you decide to hunt unit 16, besides the WIHA you mentioned here are some other spots to hit.  CR 161 west of Ulm hits about 15 square miles of public land and CR 195 going south out of Ulm or north out of Ucross hits about 6 square miles.  Another spot is about 10 square miles that is along the west boundary that you can access off highway 14.  Another unit that has decent pieces of accessible public land with decent numbers of goats with a lot of leftover licenses is south of there in unit 26.  I strongly suggest that no matter where you go that you skip the first 4 or 5 days and avoid the crowds.  It makes for a much more pleasureable hunt.  Also, take chains for all 4 wheels as the roads are terrible everywhere out there of they get wet.  I've hunted Wyoming most every year for the last 20.

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Unit 16

Thanks for all of the information! I agree with you on the first 4-5 days and the tire chains. I really hate to see a sea of orange and last year when I hunted near Casper my tire chains were a god send. One last question though. Are there many goats over 14" or are most of the bigger goats in units 16 and 26 in the 13" range?

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Mosts bucks in any unit will

Mosts bucks in any unit will probably be below 14".  It's like any other species where you have to hunt hard and know what you're looking for.  IMHO antelope are about as hard to guestimate as anything out there.  Length is really not the main thing to look for in a goat, but if he has wide "heart-shaped" horns he will likely have good length compared to a narrow one.  There is only one length measurement on each side, but there are 4 mass measurements and that's where a goat will score.  1/4" or so per measurement can make or break a score, but I'm not really into scoring as far as that goes anyway.  It's like Jack O'Connor used to say in hunting anything and that's you'll know him when you see him without a lot of looking at him to decide, LOL!  I saw several in 2009 when I drew my last tag that I think were longer than this 14 1/2" one, but he had nice ivory tips, was perfectly symetrical, and had decent mass and made the perfect wall mount I was looking for.  He is right at 76" net.  This year I drew another tag for the unit I shot him in and will have the whole month of October to beat him with one over 80".  I won't mention what unit, but it's west of the BigHorns.  The main thing to look for is the cutters (prongs) should be prominent with decent length and well above the ear tips along with plenty of black from the bases on up to at least 2/3rds of the way to the tips.  Good luck and if you get off the beaten paths and hunt hard, I think you should be able to get one at least as good as this one.  PS:  That's a nontypical whitetail rack from south Texas in the straighton photo and the only one I've ever seen in the wild and why I shot him.

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Mass

Thank you for all of the feedback. I know mass makes up most of the measurement of pronghorn, just trying to get an idea of the typical goat in unit 16. You are right about field judging goats; it can be a very tough task! Take care and good luck this season!

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Topgun...would you reccomend

Topgun...would you reccomend 15 or 16?  I will be coming from Yellowstone Oct 4 and thought about buying a leftover goat tag for this year.  I know access in these areas are limited, but I will have a better part of a week to locate a good place.  What you mentioned about 16 appears to actually be in area 15 or 10...I dont know for sure, so this is more of a clarification.  Google earth was my resource to look for the general areas, so I actually did not see the specific forest roads, just mainly the general area and towns you mentioned.  

 

nmmuledeerhunter...Southeast corner of 16 appears to have the most BLM land as well...I assume access is the real question.  When do you plan to be out there?  If I can get the tag for this year I would be there Oct 5-13.  I will be solo, so if you need help getting a goat out PM me and I can give you my contact info if I can get out there.  

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Sorry, I did misspeak and the

Sorry, I did misspeak and the areas I mentioned were in unit 15. If it were me and what I know of that whole area out there I wouldn't get a tag for 15 or 16. I'd get a tag for 23 that is right on the south side of I-90 and I'd go along the northwest side of the unit not too far from the Powder River. The area has a big WIHA along the north side of Beaver Creek and there is quite a bit of BLM up and down in that whole area. It is rougher area that is not usually considered antelope country, but they are there and if you get out and do some walking/glassing you can fill your tags. Just have a good map of the area and preferably a Garmin with the landownership chip in it and I think you'd have a much better hunt there than in 15 or 16.

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Thanks again Topgun!

I was more concerened with my map reading skills!  Geeting to know WY is a little more difficult than I thought, only because here in TN public and private are VERY distinguisable.  Do you know if the area south of Beaver Creek is accesable by foot?  I read on the WY game and fish website you cannot enter the WIA via south of the creek, but I was looking at the map trying to find a spot you could hike in through some of the smaller chunks to access the larger areas.  I should have plenty of time so I will hopefully find access if I hunt that area.  

Thanks again...I speak for a lot of readers, your post are VERY helpful!

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It looks like it on the BLM

It looks like it on the BLM map but you can't get to that stuff south of Beaver creek. Look closely and you'll see the county road goes across a couple hundred yards of private.....that's where the road becomes private. You need a helicopter and landing permit to get to it even though you can just about throw a rock across it. Call the game warden (he will also steer you to the east).

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There is probably 25 square

There is probably 25 square miles of BLM land on the north side of that WIHA and at least another 10 square miles in two spots to the east where the Schoonover Road or the Buffalo Cut Across Road goes through public land. If that isn't enough to keep a guy busy for a few days hunt the way the lay of the land is out there, I don't know what is. If you go out there for the first time you'll see what I mean because of it's topography.

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wow...lot more land than I thought

Yea I would say 25 square miles in one chunk is plenty big...16,000 acres!  I hunted North of Gillette last year and a small part of it looks like the google earth aerial photo of this area, should be a good trip to bring the backpacking gear on!  

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