I am trying to plan my first trip out west. It looks like Wyoming has some antelope and mule deer units that I can get drawn in without any preference points. I've been looking at the Wyoming Game and Fish website quite a bit, but it's hard to figure out which units have a high draw percentage and public land available. Right now I've narrowed it down to hunting Antelope Unit 21 north of Casper or Mule Deer in the Big Horn National Forest. I'd appreciate anybody's thoughts and suggestions on these hunts or any other options I should be considering. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Wed, 2012-01-04 21:19
Wyoming Non-resident Antelope or Mule Deer
Sat, 2012-01-07 20:59#1
Get a list of ranchers in
Contact the Wyoming F&G Office in Gillette and ask for a list of ranchers in unit 23 that allow access for a decent fee for your antelope. That unit is from Gillette south and has tons of antelope and always has a jillion leftover tags because it's almost all private property. You can probably get on a good, large ranch for $200 or maybe less and that way you won't be overrun with hunters like a lot of the public land. Put in for Region Y for deer and that tag is pretty much a gimme too. After you have taken your antelope you can leave it for processing in Gillette while you go over a ways to the west for your deer hunt. There is a lot of public land in the National Forest to the north, but I would go down I-25 and hunt the lower BLM areas west of Kaycee toward Barnum in the southwestern units for a mulie and your tag is also good for a whitetail in case you see a bruiser.
Sun, 2012-01-15 12:07#3
I like Region M
Good choice, lots of variety in the way you can hunt deer there from Mountains to prairies to badlands
Fri, 2012-03-16 14:18#4
I would never recommend
I can't recommend Region M for a person that has never hunted it and I sure don't know of any prairies in Region M! Just looking at a map makes it look great with tons of BLM land in the west half of the Region, but there are very few deer there and you may not see dozen in a week of hunting unless you know the exact spots to hunt and they are only one or two square miles in size. The locals don't call it the Badlands for nothing! The majority of animals are on private ranches, especially along the Nowater River and they are all tied up with no access. I've hunted Region M almost every year since 1994 and if it hadn't been for knowing residents out there I wouldn't have hunted it other than on one guided hunt on a big private ranch. If you don't know the particular spots to hunt and have good GPS with land ownership data on it, you will be very disappointed and possibly face trespass charges because nothing is marked out there. The leftover tag numbers have been increasing greatly the last couple years because there aren't the opportunities in M that you would think just by looking at a map and guys go out there one time and don't return. The one RV campground in the unit that I go to in TenSleep for a shower a few times during the season has had mostly does and a few bucks that wouldn't break 125". That's why it's best before committing to an area to try to talk to people who hunt there, rather than just go by maps.
Sun, 2012-03-18 12:02#6
Sorry I missed your post
Sorry I missed your post until now. If you aren't aware of it, you can modify your application for what you put in for on deer and antelope until 5PM MST on June 3. That's why I went ahead and made my post in hopes that you'd see it and be back on here. If you want to change and need some help, give a shout and I'l watch this thread.
Sun, 2012-03-18 14:45#7
I'll take all the help I can get
If you're aware of better options for me I would greatly appreciate any assistance. We're not looking to shoot a monster buck. We have no preference points. We are looking for an area where are sure to get drawn and where there's a good amount of public land available. We're not interested in paying landowners to hunt on their land. We're hoping to get drawn, then purchase antlerless tags over-the-counter when we get there. We're also considering over-the-counter antelope tags. Another obstacle we face is we can't make it out the weekend of 10/6. So we need a later season, which a reason M appealed to us. Or we could possibly make it out for a season that opened in the second half of September. Thanks again.
Sun, 2012-03-18 15:45#8
Whoever is the party leader
Whoever is the party leader should go in and change M to Region Y on your apps. Get good maps of the southwestern part of the Region, have at least one GPS with a landowner chip, and hunt down in unit 163 and 33. 163 has a ton of good public land and 33 has quite a bit too, if you have the maps and use your GPS to not stray onto private property. You may be able to buy some leftover doe/fawn licenses over there while you're out there for deer and antelope. There are usually none left in M as they usually sell out by sometime in September because of the number of animals on the private property. I would also skip the first few days and head out there over the following weekend to start hunting about the 22nd. Most NRs will be gone by then and you'll have a much better time not fighting orange. The later you go in October the closer you get to the rut in November when bucks start appearing during daylight hours to check for estrus does. I guarantee that area will give you a lot better hunt than doing M. Good luck and if you have any questions or need any more help just holler!
Sun, 2012-03-18 16:26#9
Yes, lots of badlands, but lots of prairies too, though maybe our definitions are a little different. I consider the badlands just the draws and coulees that separate one stretch of prairie from another.
plus some other types of country
Not saying Region Y is better than M, but it was the first that came to mind for guaranteed tags with plenty of public land.
Sun, 2012-03-18 18:02#10
Have you been in unit 164
Have you been in unit 164 between the Bluebank Road and Worland with all the gas wells? That's what they call the Badlands and it's nothing like the pictures you posted. It only has a 10 day season because about the only deer there are over in the agricultural fields near Worland along the BigHorn River. From the Bluebank Road going east over to Hwy 434 that goes out of TenSleep it's almost as desolate until you get in the private property along the Nowater River. I guess you could call some of the grassy areas "prairies", but most of it is private property. I would guess that the pictures of those mulies were taken mostly on private property along the Nowater going south out of TenSleep if they were taken in Region M at all.