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Wyoming archery elk question

A little back ground on myself since I am new here. I make and hunt with my home made longbows/arrows but have only bow hunted deer. I hunted for 5 years, took 9 years off because the Marine Corps made sure I didnt have the time to hunt, or was in a different country during hunting season. Now here I am in Wyoming and ready take advantage of living in such a great place. I rifle hunted antelope and elk this past season and had a blast. I have been lurking here for about a year and really appreciate this forum.

I was planning on applying for a type 9 archery license for 2012, mainly so I could kill a bull or a cow. Reading through the regulations, section 4 page 7-14 of the elk hunting regulations states:

 "Archers with general elk licenses shall only hunt in those hunt areas specified in section 3 as open to hunting with a general elk license and may take any elk."

So with a General license, I can hunt the listed archery dates for that unit and kill either a bull or a cow? Is this correct?

On another note, I had some tag soup for dinner after not finding any cows in unit 61 last week. It takes me 5 hours to get to the closest late season cow elk hunt, and getting around in the hills in the winter was a little daunting. Not sure I will be doing that again next year.

Patrick

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my understanding...

In Wyoming, the way I understand it, there are only a couple of units where you need to have an archery license.  Otherwise, all general units are open for archery hunting from something like September 1 to the general season opener for that unit.    

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I understand that part. I just need clarification that I can legally kill either sex during the archery season in a general elk license unit. I think I will give fish and game a call to clarify before I apply. 

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Elk

Was that your first time in 61? Because there's a lot of elk there. 

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That was my first time there. I saw a lot of elk in the north end of 62 and the the north end of 61 on private property that I didnt have permission to hunt. The only elk I saw that I could actually hunt were west of Pitchfork really high, miles away. I wasnt even sure they were elk until I looked through another hunters spotting scope. In my binoculars they looked like brown dots.

I ran into a Wyoming Game and Fish guy on my last day. He was meeting hunters at the rec center in Meeteetse at 0600 and taking them to elk on some private property on the north end of the unit. The only way to access the property was on days that he took hunters there, which was not any of the days I was able to hunt. He said they had been having great success, so I wish I had known about it earlier and changed some other plans around to be able to take advantage of the that.

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Archery Tags

A Type 9 archery license is only good for the specified period of time with a bow and is only good in the LE you would draw for the tag.  Your question is asking about an entirely different scenario.   After obtaining the general tag (OTC for residents or in the draw for nonresidents) you would then need to buy the special archery permit that would allow you to archery hunt all the units listed under the general tag for a bull or cow.  If you don't take an animal during the special archery hunt dates, you can then fill the tag with a bull during the rifle seasons in any of those units.  If you put in and draw a Limited Entry bull tag, you can then buy the archery permit and hunt bulls only in that unit during the special archery season and if you don't fill the tag you can return and hunt the rifle season in only that unit.  A friend drew a LE bull tag where I hunt and we ended up getting him this nice bull with his bow the third night of his hunt during the third week of the special archery season in September in 2009.  It netted 285" after the 60 day drying period and he got a P&Y Certificate for shooting it.

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Thanks!

It seems like buying a general elk license is the way to go for me. At least I can get to the closest general elk unit in 2 hours, so scouting and weekend hunts will be a little easier.

 

Patrick

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How long have you lived in

How long have you lived in Wyoming?  I see you said you hunted in Wyoming last year, but you didn't say whether it was as a resident or nonresident.  The Wyoming statute says you have to live in the state for a full year prior to the date you apply for any resident license.  They do check stuff like that and have been nailing people for trying to buy resident licenses when they didn't qualify for one.  A nonresident pretty well has to have at least 1 PP to draw a general tag in the regular draw that is held in February.

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I hunted as a resident last

I hunted as a resident last year. I have lived here for over two years.

Patrick

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Well good for you and I wish

Well good for you and I wish I could join you as a resident.  However, my wife acts like she lives out in nowheresville even though we're on a main highway going through our little town and within 1/2 hour of Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, LOL!!!  I do get out to WY hunting every year for 3 to 6 weeks, but I'd sure like to be a resident out in the Sheridan/Buffalo area.  Oh, and thanks for your service!  I did 3 years in the Army Vet Corp during the Viet Nam war, but thank God I didn't come down on orders to go over.  Good luck next Fall!

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I was extremely surprised and

I was extremely surprised and pleased to end up out here.

Thanks for the help.

Patrick

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