Planning a Wyoming Antelope Hunt

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So you have been thinking about making the trek out west for a DIY big game hunt.  The pronghorn antelope is an excellent choice for your first western big game hunt.  It is a good choice because it offers the first-timer an introduction to DIY western hunting with a high probability of success and without the exertion or need for detailed planning that a mule deer or elk hunt might require.
 
While there are several states that you could conduct your pronghorn antelope hunt, I will focus on the state I know the best – Wyoming.  I have been there four times for pronghorn antelope hunts and I will tell you it is a fun hunt.
 
So how do you get started?  First, I suggest going to the Wyoming Game and Fish website.  You will find lots of useful information there:  http://gf.state.wy.us/
 
On their site you will be able to apply for draws and see the draw results.
 
If you are planning to hunt with friends then you will want to apply as a party.  This is not the same as a party hunt where in some states you can shoot an animal using another person’s tag.  This is a means for you and your friends to apply together and ensure that you will all either all draw a tag or not draw a tag.
 
Applying whether as an individual or as a party can be done online.  For the party application one person needs to set it up and then give the others the party ID number so they can apply under that group.
 
 Be sure to apply for a preference point when you are applying. If you are not successful the preference point you earn will help your drawing odds next year.  If you draw the money you paid for the preference point will be refunded. Go to https://gf.state.wy.us/elsapplication/docs/preferencepoint.htm for more information on preference points.
 
Use the following link to look at the drawing odds for different units to determine where you will have the best chance of drawing a tag. 
 
http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/hunting/stats/demandpdf/2010/index.asp
 
An important tip is to make sure the unit for which you are applying has a lot of public land on which to hunt.  You can order BLM maps for the area in which you are thinking of applying to see where the BLM is and if it is adequate for your hunting needs.
 
Also, Cabela’s stocks maps for Wyoming that detail the public land.  It is an absolute necessary investment because you will need it when you are hunting to determine where the boundaries of private and public land are.
 
This link will take you to the FAQ section where you can find more information. http://gf.state.wy.us/support/faq/index.asp
 
This is enough information to get you started, but I am sure you will have more questions as you get more into your hunt that I or other experienced members will be happy to answer.  It might sound daunting at first, but it is not so do not put it off any longer – Go West Young Man!

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ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the great tips.

Thanks for the great tips. This is definitely a hunt I want to do in the near future. Can you tell me what I could expect to pay out for this type of hunt? Would a guided hunt be that much more? Just curious.

hunter25's picture

Another great introduction to

Another great introduction to antelope hunting. this is without question the best hunt for a beginner or the cheapest way to head out west and be assured of success. I have hunted them many many times now and have never come home without filling all the tags. Do your homework on the net, buy your maps and get after them. You will not be dissappointed with this hunt.

cuffs68's picture

Wyoming Pronghorn for New Shooters!

CVC, Good stuff! I would add that if anyone wants to take a young or new hunter on a great experience, take them out to Wyoming and hunt pronghorn doe or fawns. Non-residents can purchase over-the-counter doe/fawn tags at a great price of only $30 each.  No draw required.  Just get familiar with the unit you wish to hunt and find a cattle rancher to ask permission to hunt.  Just about any of the ranchers just south and west of Laramie, WY will let you hunt them if you ask and it doesn't hurt to bring a nice bottle of wine for the rancher's wife LOL!

Non-residents can purchase up to four tags per hunter, so it is a great way to fill the freezer as well as have a great and fun hunt!  I've been doing it for years, since I live in Colorado and only an hour from Laramie!

Good luck and stay safe!

cuffs68

ecubackpacker's picture

It sounds like you have

It sounds like you have figured out the public land speed hosts in Wyoming. Have you hunted any other western states for speed goats? If so, is hunting Wyoming as good as it gets?
A few questions from someone who hasn't yet had the opportunity to hunt them. Would you say hunting speed goats is easier or more difficult than hunting whitetails?
How do they compare to other game in terms of quality table fare? Does antelope meat compare to, say venison, as far as taste? Better, worse or equal? Or is it closer in taste to another type of meat?
Thanks for tip and I hope to put the info to good use here in the near future? Maybe you could include some GPS coordinates in your next response? Hahaha
Good luck and good hunting!

CVC's picture

I think whitetail are harder

I think whitetail are harder to hunt than antelope.  Antelope are no slouch when it comes to being wary or being able to sense or see you with their fantastic vision, but it is the sheer numbers that makes it easier and the wide open terrain.

You can usually use the terrain to stalk within a couple of hundred yards or closer to make the shot on the antelope.  Where I hunt whitetail, we don't find them in the open like that so you have to get much closer and that means first finding them and then getting close enough to shoot them.

The meat is just about the same as deer and is very good.  I just finished up my last antelope and it was so tender I could cut it with a fork.

I haven't hunted goats anywhere else and I think other locales are good from what I read and offer some different things like bigger goats in the southwest.

cscott711's picture

Great post!  Wyoming is the

Great post!  Wyoming is the land of the speed goat!  I've been out there 5 years in a row and they are a blast to hunt.  It seems like we'd see 75-100 of them every day.  Putting a stalk on them to get within range is about as fun as it gets.