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Wyoming is calling me

Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for submitting my application for a tag this year and will now try my luck for an over the counter tag.  I have researched the Regions in Wyoming where there are a few tags available starting next week.  I am asking for advice regarding my choices.  Region D has very few and with the fires I am not sure if this would be a good choice.  Region J has more but I understand the public land available is minimal.  I noticed that Region C, Y, and M also have quite a bit of tags remaining.  I read on someone’s posting in 2011 that C was a good area.  Please help, looking for some advice.  Wyoming is calling; I have to get out of this city.

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at this point

With what's left, I might be inclined to go Y or M.  I've hunted and kinda like J, plus I know D kinda well, but not sure how huntable those places will be this year.  

Y is a lot more mountainous and there's more deer but the deer that are present are a little more visible in M

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Get a Y tag and hunt down in

I can't speak to the regions to the south, but stay away from Region C as there is not enough public land to have a good hunt if you haven't been out there before to know where to go.  Get a Y tag and hunt down in unit 30 or an adjacent area.  Region M where I hunt every year also doesn't have enough accessible public land where the deer are for a first time hunter to have a good hunt.  The tag numbers have been cut back by 300 and still less than half of the tags have been sold because of lack of public access and lower deer numbers the last few years.  One unit now has an antler point restriction (36) and another (40) has been shortened by 4 days due to lower deer numbers and it isn't from overhunting or winterkill.

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Tough hunt for leftovers

Low numbers in M and probably going to be another tag cut according to the G&fc.  Not to mention that some of the land that looks accessible on a map is not accessible on the ground which suprises some of the new comers.  According to my recent observations and the bio M is really struggling right now.  I have only been to C region a couple of times, but it was not for muleys.

As others have stated in many other posts, any tag that has leftovers is a tough hunt for diy.  Occasionaly one slips through the cracks but if there are more than a couple, do your research thoroughly or be reasonable in your expectations: limited to very limited access and lots of other hunters.  Large access areas will have low game numbers.  The system setup in Wyoming is not an accident or oversight.

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Very true in that many look

Very true in that many look at a map and see a bunch of BLM and get a license.  Region M is a good example in that almost the whole west half of the Region is BLM and all of it is accessible.  However, there are hardly any deer in that whole area until you get over to the limited private agricultural land along the rive south of Worland.  I hunt most every year out there and can't believe the number of people that go out without doing their homework and then they get ticked off because they have no place to hunt or where they do go doesn't hold enough animals to justify the cost of the license, gas, etc.

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Wyoming still calling

Thank you all for your advice.  Based on your earlier advice it does sound like that Region Y may be my best bet.  I have a list of property owners and most are willing to let me hunt the last 3 days of the season due to others hunting the property.  I think I will need to look at the public land in the area because frankly the drive to and from Indiana will take sometime and I really want to hunt 5/7 days.  Right now trying to understand where the public land is, back home much easier to identify, give me an address and Walla you are there.  I think some regions in Wyoming are bigger than my state.  If you know of an area or can narrow down a place in Region Y that would be great.  Feel free to send private email.

 Thanks again, much appreciated

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Get a good BLM map of Buffalo

Get a good BLM map of Buffalo and another of Kaycee that covers the northern and southern parts of unit 30, respectively.  There is at least 12 square miles of state land accessible in the northeast part of the unit by going down state hwy 87 off the I-25 interchange and hunting to the east.  You can also go on down it and across the entire southern part of the area on Middle Fork Road and hunt north off of it.  You can also access a lot of BLM over to the northwest part of the unit off BLM road 6207.  That will take a lot of driving to get over there, but it is a lot of good, tough country compared to over in the first state area I mentioned.  Those two areas would take years for a guy to cover thoroughly, so that should give you a good start if you want to hunt them before going to private ranches that you contacted.  Good luck and be safe out there!

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