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Wyoming draw

Is posted.
Man, my group got worked over. Tags were reduced by about 25% in two of our options and out of about 12 applications, only 3 of us drew antelope does. One drew 2 tags though. Will have to see what leftovers there are.

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We kind of got worked

We kind of got worked over...but before the draw rather than in "the draw". We found out before we put in our applications our usual hunting areas didn't have many doe/fawn tags available (no tags in our favorite unit) and had to shift gears and quickly look at new areas. Ended up choosing unit 48 and our group did well drawing 9 for 9 on the doe/fawn tags and 1 for 1 on an either sex tag. Hope others did well too.

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Is the reduced doe/fawn leftover for non res on the 17th of July? Where should I find the leftover list? We were 2/2 on any antelope for area 47 type 2. I like the longer season and less people!!

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look at the drawing odds

You can look at the drawing odds report to get an idea of leftovers before the official release. Though WY GF seems to also put out of few additional licenses that you can apply for during the leftover period.

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Doe tags drawn

I also drew my two unit 48 type 6 doe tags. In our "group" we went 8 out of 9 for doe tags.

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http://wgfd.wyo.gov/QuotaAvai

http://wgfd.wyo.gov/QuotaAvailability/SelectionCriteria.aspx

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Times are a changing

Just an observation that I wanted to pass on: In my preferred unit, a few years ago you could buy leftover type 6 (first season rifle doe antelope)tags the night before the season started... then it slowly changed so that you could only get left over tags a few weeks after they went on sale... and it continued to changed to a few day after they went on sale... and then to a few hours... at which time type 7 tags were the only ones available after the drawing... which repeated the scenario of a few weeks, to days, to hours.. and now we have the results of the leftover tags for this year... both type 6 and type 7 tags were all taken up during the drawing. This now means NO leftover doe tags at all for my unit. I just wanted to point out that progression, which now means that cheap non-res doe tags, that at one time were plentiful and easy to get, are now becoming more and more difficult to obtain.

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IMO, the  increased

IMO, the  increased difficulties in obtaining antelope licenses is due to both greater demand for licenses AND lower populations.  I know our group of hunters has grown from a couple of dads and sons to about a dozen friends now.  It's always one of our favorite hunts each year.  Also, Wyoming Fish & Game have been cutting tag quotas significantly each year for the past several years due to the lower populations of antelope.  It all adds up to fewer licenses available for more and more non-resident hunters each year.

The good news is we still seem to be able to draw our licenses each year and have a great time.  But as you point out, the times are a changing and the days of drawing an antelope license each year might well be on their way out.  When that day comes, we'll start using our points in Colorado to pull licenses and put a few more options to work for ourselves.

Wyoming has spoiled our family with great antelope hunting for many years.  I hope it doesn't change...too much.

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Draw Depression 2013

Our group has been getting out of state doe / fawn deer tags regularly for the past 5 years. This year we again applied as a "group" and did not draw. I was the only hunter in our group to request a doe antelope tag and was successful. That's not going to happen, as I'm not driving 1200+ miles each way by myself and spending upwards of $1000 for a single animal, by myself. Can't say how disappointed our group is. Our annual 2 week "old folk" / father son reunion/camp-out was killed this year. To say the mule deer / white tail population has been "down" is not entirely accurate by our groups observation. Perhaps the trophies are smaller, but the overall numbers, despite warm weather, were not "down". Old guys (6) past the age of 70, with one going 78, had no difficulty filling their tags by the second day of the season. Not sure what Wyoming FG is doing, or if the drawing was affected by the politics of Colorado, or not. This sure ruined our hunting season and I'm not sure my father has many seasons left. He's devastated over this. Some former co-workers of mine had similar drawing results this year. Just bad luck? Sure hope the fellas from Minnesota Wisconsin and Michigan fared better. Good luck. Sure going to miss Wyoming this fall!

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We are scrambling too

Since most of our group was shut out, we are trying to come up with better ideas for this year. However, this is going to take some really good planning for next year. Like most of us here, we just put in for the same units we always do. Despite hearing rumblings that the antelope population was way down(bluetongue and drought throughout the state- and our party didn't do as well for whatever that anecdote is worth), and despite our ever growing party (just like everyone else mentioned here), it finally bit us in the butt.
It's fun to take people out and a great introduction to western big game hunting, but we shot ourselves in the foot here by creating too much interest in it. My usual units were reduced 20-25% in most cases, which shouldn't be enough for so many of us to entirely miss out on the draw when we get two chances, but I believe it's the rising demand for an easy and cheap hunt that did us in.

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I think it's a combination of

I think it's a combination of things but know for sure the units I hunt the populations are severely down over the past 2 years.

I saw none from the road while driving through this last time in unit 63 a couple months ago. But I got my tag there so off I go to find them. September 17th is the opener.

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