I have no idea about access fees as I would presume you would need to get a list of ranchers and make individual contacts. According to my CD ROM (purchased from the G&F about 7-8 years ago and no longer sold) here is the land ownership status of those elk units:
61---West 1/2 is wilderness, which requires a nonresident to have a guide. The upper eastern 1/2 is about 50/50 with BLM/state land interspersed with private property.
108---All but about the southeast 30 square miles is checkerboarded land (every other square mile is BLM) and you must have adjacent private property owner permission for entry because "corner jumping" is not allowed in Wyoming. The southeast area is about 90% BLM/State lands interspersed with private property.
116---About 1/4 of the unit in the middle is National Forest and the remaining 75% is mostly private property interspersed with some state land here and there.
That does help seeing 116 is small it could be hard to find land to hunt if that much of it is private. Area 61 would be my 1st choice hopefully I can find some info from other hunters on acess, and if there are grizzlies or wolves in the units.
Don't sell unit 116 short as that 1/4 of the unit covers about 100 square miles and a person couldn't cover that in two lifetimes!!! Seeing as I don't relish hunting anywhere near where those grizzlies or even wolves are, I would probably rule out 61 if it were me. If you go over where they are, just make sure you take somebody with you that runs a little slower than you do, LOL!!! I'm sure there are wolves in 61 and some grizzlies too, but there aren't any in 116 or 108.
Thanks for the info. On the google map 116 looked to be only about 12square miles and I would prefer it seeing I am from ND and would be able to make a few more scouting trips. As far as the grizzleis I want to stay away from them.
Does anyone know of any acess fees to the private land in 116?
There it sits. Alone and forgotten in a desk drawer or maybe in the bottom of your hunting pack. The lowly compass. Primarily initially replaced by the hand held GPS and now even by the new “smart” cell phones that include GPS, electronic compass – even real time imaging on aerial maps! Once the friend of every hunter and now the companion of few. It is not glamorous or glitzy, that is for sure… no bells and no whistles. Aaaaah, but let’s not rush to forget our...