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Wyoming -- General Tag vs. Unit Specific Tags

Hi All,

My first post on this site.  I'm hoping someone has some insight on the elk tag system for Wyoming.  I am most likely planning an archery hunt, but might consider a muzzleloader hunt.  I've heard of general elk tags, although I'm not sure what that means.  Is this tag good for the entire state except certain units?  Are they easier or harder to get than specific unit tags?  I have 3 Wyoming points and I'm considering using them next year, but I need to get my ducks in a row on figuring out what unit to apply in and where exactly to go for a public land DIY hunt.

 

 

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Welcome to the site.  There

Welcome to the site.  There are a few guys on here who are familiar with elk hunting in Wyoming, so you should have no problem finding a good response.  Also, if I am not mistaken, there has been some info on Wyoming units in the Blog section.  There is some good reding there, if you get a minute to check it out.

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Wyoming Elk Tags

Wyoming does not have separate draws for the various weapons.  There is one draw and if you are lucky and draw the tag it is good for the rifle season where you drew and if you want to hunt the archery season that normally is the month of September you then buy an archery permit ($30 for a nonresident) to allow you to hunt that month with a bow or crossbow.  If you fail to fill your tag, then you can still fall back on the rifle season and those dates vary from unit to unit.  The general tag is easier to draw, but most of the areas you can use it in are not as good as the limited quota individual units and there are obviously more hunters where a general tag can be used.  DO NOT use your 3 PPs to get a general elk tag as that would be a waste of points ($150).  Do your research over the next few weeks because the elk application period is just the month of January.  Check out my avatar as that bull was just shot by my buddy on public land that we have hunted every year since 1994 for mulies and for elk when a tag is drawn.  That bull scored 369" and was a monster!  That tag required 3PPs for nonresidents for our unit last year. John is a resident and lives in Sheridan so he has a better chance of drawing a tag for the unit each year than we do (I'm in Michigan). We hunted the last two weeks of September with his bow and the rut was slow and we passed on small bulls.  He shot that bull the first five minutes of the rifle season that opened on 10/9. 

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Thanks Topgun!  Great info

Thanks Topgun!  Great info there.  I'm not sure if you are on michigan-sportsman.com or not, but I do most of my posting there.  Another guy I spoke with suggested going to another state first and getting a OTC tag so I can get my feet wet without burning my 3 pref. points.  I am considering Idaho.  

I do like the fact that if you draw an elk tag in Wyoming that you can add on the archery permit and really extend your season and head back if you don't fill the tag.  That's a good way to do it.  Are you hunting public land or is it private land that you and your buddy hunt?  Looks like a great bull and curious if you see big boys like that out there every year or no?

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Wyoming Elk

Several of us do all DIY hunting on BLM and state land in a unit where you need 3 or 4 PPs to draw a bull elk tag and I've hunted out there since 1994.  We are very successful because of the extensive time we have spent in that unit and I think we have only taken one bull that scored less than 250".  To the best of my recollection I believe we have only failed to fill one tag between the archery and rifle seasons in the last ten years.  That was when John had a cow tag and somehow missed on what was a relatively easy shot several years ago.  In the last 5 seasons we have filled all 6 bull tags that were drawn, with one being a 285" bow kill by a fellow member in the NAHC from North Dakota that I took out there in 2009 (see attached photo).  The mounted bull in the other attachment is the one John shot the last hour of the bow season in 2006.  The archery hunt in the last half of September during the rut is the fun time to be out there and two of the last five bulls we have taken since 2006 were during that time.  All the tags could have been filled during September, but the guys are pretty picky about what they shoot since they know they also have the rifle season to shoot those big bulls if they won't come in close enough for a bow kill.  I quit trying for tags quite some time ago and now just go along to help out scouting, glassing, and carrying out the meat from the backcountry to the truck.  Hunting bugling bulls is about as exciting as it can get and it's similar to calling in longbeards in the Spring!  Take a look in your email inbox as I sent you a message!!!

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