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I would change it to R or Y M

I would change it to R or Y M is a hard hunt on public ground not knowing where your going

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He won't be able to draw R

He won't be able to draw R since he doesn't have a PP, bu he can draw Y without any.  It appears you've been out to Region M and are telling him what I did about trying to hunt that Region without on the ground experience or help!  He won't have that problem if he goes where I told him!

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What makes M difficult to hunt?

What makes M more difficult to hunt? I understand you think Y has better hunting and more deer. The biologists I have talked to don't completely agree with that. But if the deer numbers are the same a major factor for us is public land availability. What makes the public land on M less accessible than Y? Why is M so difficult to hunt?

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I don't think I can explain

I don't think I can explain it any better than I did in my other two posts.  The whole west side (unit 164) of the Region from the Bluebank Road is almost all BLM, but is only open 10/1-10/10 because there are hardly any deer there except over in the private land along the BigHorn River near Worland.  It's that way to try and keep NRs from hunting it by having the season end 5 days before the other units open.  The area from the Bluebank Road going east over toward Hwy 434 is mostly BLM until you get almost to the private land along the Nowater River that is not legally accessible.  The BLM land has very few deer, but is probably a little better than unit 164.  From the highway going east on up into the mountains to the Hazelton Road that is the eastern boundary of the Region has some BLM that holds deer and that's where about 90% of the NRs flock to and it's a zoo.  That is why there are so many leftover tags in the Region because what BLM land has deer is hunted hard because it has easy ATV access and it doesn't take long before the deer are pushed onto the adjoining ranches if they aren't there already.  Conversely, the area I mentioned over in Region Y has a lot more accessible public land that does hold deer.  That's as good as I can explain it and if you don't take the advice from myself and the other members there's not much more I can say, other than to also read my other posts again for all the other reasons.  I know most of M like the back of my hand and would not hunt it like you intend as a first timer.

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Region y and m

Have you hunted region y lately?  There have been so many internet posts the last several years about "just go to the southern portion of y" that it is a zoo.  I have seen some of the public parcels (that's what you will actually find in 33- parcels) that needed a traffic cop to direct traffic. Yes   A lot of the same problem as M- the big chunks lack access.  Seriously, if you follow the recommended wait for the 22nd, you will miss the deer season in the two areas that hold the most public land.  Similar to southeast M region, everybody heads there. The season is only open the first week (limited deer + large hunter population = short season).  The most common thing seen in Y or M during October is blaze orange.

I have spent a lot of time on the ground in these areas.

In my opinion, any area of Wyoming that has easy tags for mule deer or elk has problems.  After all, there is no shortage of big game hunters.

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I was thinking 163 was open

I was thinking 163 was open for two weeks, but you're correct.  That season is 10/15-10/21 and  units 32 and 33 are the ones open 10/15-10/31.  If I was going out there, I would probably start in 163 the last several days it's open and then move into 32/33 for the rest of the season.  Normally most of the NRs hunt the first week and are gone so that it's a lot better hunt.

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Thank You

Thank's to everybody for helping me out with this. I appreciate the information and thoughts. We're probably going to stay with our current choice of Region M. I'm aware of all the issues with the region but I think its going to give us the best combination of what we're looking for. We're also going to be looking into leftover antlerless deer and antelope tages if/where they're available.

The following year we're probably going to bowhunt so we don't have to deal with these issues.

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Hey, whatever makes you

Hey, whatever makes you happy!  Two people, one with almost 20 years experience huntig there, have told you what to expect, so good luck!  Just be aware if there are any left over doe/fawn antelope licenses that one unit is restricted mostly to private land along and east of the Nowater River and the other unit to the west they are almost exclusively on private land around Worland.  Also, you'll have to buy them during the summer because those, and usually the doe/fawn deer tags, will sell out well before the season starts if it goes like it always does.

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Doe/fawn tags

I was planning on looking for doe/fawn leftover tags this summer, before they're gone this fall. Do you have any suggestions for doe/fawn antelope units to look for?

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Thunder Basin National Grassland

Do you think we could hunt the Thunder Basin National Grassland the week of 10/15? I can't find the season lengths on the Wyoming website so the season might be closed before then I don't know. If we can, what are your thoughts on mule deer hunting there?

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