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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2011, 10:50:05 PM »
Lots of great advice already given.  A few suggestions:
 
 
  • Practice crawling with your rifle and hunting gear
  • If you stop the truck to glass a buck, don't get out of the truck there.  Drive out of sight, then work back on foot.
  • One good tactic is to stop the truck below the top of a rise, then get out, sneak over the top and glass.
  • After driving your area, pay attention to the basins with no visibility from a 2-track.  A few hundred square feet with a 6' depression easily hides a herd; antelope learn where these spots are, they are very reliable after the first few days, especially on hard-hunted public areas.
  • Most walk-in areas are very good.  Most antelope hunters don't walk.  See previous bullet.
  • Hunting into the wind, on foot, over undulating mountain foothills is a great tactic.  Lots of antelope hide in these small finger draws, especially on public ground.
  • Have your rifle sighted in, and practice shooting at 100, 200, 300 yards at a minimum.  If you aren't accurate, you will miss a ton of shots.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2011, 04:54:02 AM »
When judging lope. Look for bucks where the fork starts above the ear, and have as much hook on them as you cab find. The bigger the hook, and the higher the fork is above the ear, will give you more measureable surface.
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2011, 06:28:07 AM »
Can a speed goat last the 1200 mile trip to a taxidermist?
Rather be dead than cool.
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2011, 03:11:36 PM »
Can a speed goat last the 1200 mile trip to a taxidermist?

With propper care, yes.
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2011, 07:23:03 PM »
You do know we will all be royally po'd if you don't post photos, right??
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2011, 07:40:36 PM »
You do know we will all be royally po'd if you don't post photos, right??


X2 and lots of pics!!

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2011, 07:48:57 PM »
I would love to go but I transfer back to sea duty next August, and dont have a chance of getting a clean season :bash:
Rather be dead than cool.
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2011, 11:01:07 PM »
Rifle season opens in 1 month!!!  :drool:

Sled - get dry ice in Casper the day before hunting. It will keep meat frozen/fresh for a week plus to get home.

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #33 on: August 16, 2011, 04:34:24 PM »
any of you guys that have done this already eat some meat the night of the hunt to celebrate the killing and feasting of a hunt? We're gonna be in Buffalo wy from the 29th-6th at the crazy woman or creek campground, if any of you other hunt wa hickerbillies are gonna be there!!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2011, 01:35:25 AM »
Is it sad that I am almost entirely packed for my trip?  I am leaving Sept. 28th and will be staying in Gillette and coming home on Oct. 8th, unless we tag out early.  First time for speed goats and can't wait!  Bought a chestfreezer that will fit in the back of my truck and am taking my meat grinder and vacumn sealer to process everything (I hope) before we leave.

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2011, 05:03:34 AM »
Are you guys sight seeing on your way over? With that much time, you mide as well  :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:

Thats a lot of time to hunt speed goats. I dont know any one that took more then 2-3 days to fill there tag, unless they were trophy hunting. We filled 10 in 2 days and could have done it in one.

I like the freezer idea  :tup:
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2011, 10:31:46 AM »
Is it sad that I am almost entirely packed for my trip?  I am leaving Sept. 28th and will be staying in Gillette and coming home on Oct. 8th, unless we tag out early.  First time for speed goats and can't wait!  Bought a chestfreezer that will fit in the back of my truck and am taking my meat grinder and vacumn sealer to process everything (I hope) before we leave.

Think of a plan B.  I expect you will tag out on 10/1, or 10/2 if you are picky.  Prarie dog shooting is good if the weather is nice.  There is fly fishing to be had in Buffalo too.  If you are a golfer, there are a couple courses in town.  (personally I took up hunting so I don't have to golf).

We will be hunting between spotted horse and Recluse so we stay in Gillette as well.  We plan to arrive in Gillette on 10/6, hunt 10/7, and pick up our meat on 10/8.

Should you decide to have your meat processed, Olds processing on the north end of town is dependable.  they will cut, package, and freeze your meat for you.  but get in as early as possible if you tag out on 10/1 or 10/2 as they fill up fast.  These little old ladies run the place and it is like being run thorugh the soup nazi's line.  But they are good.
http://www.manta.com/c/mtk5y0v/olds-processing

Granny's kitchen has a good breakfast if you want to get on the road early. 
http://www.manta.com/cmap/mmd0l43/granny-s-kitchen-west

There is a good sporting goods store on the South side of town.  Rocky Mt. Discount sports I think:
http://www.bing.com/maps/Default.aspx?encType=1&v=2&ss=yp.sporting%20goods%20stores~sst.0~pg.1&where1=Gillette%2c%20WY&style=r&cp=44.293185~-105.504765&lvl=11&mkt=en-us&FORM=LLSV#bGlkPXluOTg5eDE2NTA3MTAw


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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2011, 10:41:21 AM »
Oh, and if you are driving, you are only a few hrs from Yellowstone if you head south out of Livingston MT.  I have done that loop before.  very pretty.
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #38 on: August 18, 2011, 11:47:44 AM »
I will say I'm sight seeing, as well as takin a vacation from the old lady!! We got 4 guys comin out there, and figure that's alot of lopes to put down, and with the amount of beer drinkin, i'm sure a couple mornings will be r&r instead of huntin..


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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2011, 12:48:08 AM »
Definately doing as much sight seeing as hunting.  Going to the Little Bighorn, Devils Tower, Sturgis, Mt. Rushmore, may hit Yellowstone on the way home depending on if the East entrance isn't snowed in.  I am a die hard Waterfowler and it is open while we are there too, so if I can find a spot, I will definately give it a shot.  If I can legally hunt it, I will go after it. :tup:  Rob- We are going to be hunting the walk in area just East of Recluse.  The other walk in area near Recluse pulled out of the public access hunting this year after I applied for the draw, so my hunting area decreased by half.  I did spend the money on a good GPS with the land owner program, so there are still tons of other areas to hunt.  If we tag out quick, I am going to buy some more tags for area 23.
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2011, 08:44:45 AM »
You are going to see a lot of prong in that area.  The first time my dad hunted that area, he hunted on the ranch on the west side of the Hwy turnoff to Recluse.  You will see a large field there and it is not unusual to see 100+ prong plus a couple dozen mulies in that field.  We will be hunting a ranch just on the other side of the hills behind that field.

The prong are amazing, but you will be taken aback at the # of mule deer in the area.  (although the #'s did get hit really hard with the winter of 2010).

Some photos to whet your appetite

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #41 on: August 19, 2011, 08:46:52 AM »
Note that all these phots were taken on different years, on the first week and a half of October.  Weather can be sunny and 80, rainy, or snowy and blowing.  We have hunted in 88 degree sun, and -8 degrees with 25 mph sustained winds.  be ready for anything!
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #42 on: August 19, 2011, 08:54:58 AM »
Lots of great advice already given.  A few suggestions:
 
 
  • Practice crawling with your rifle and hunting gear
  • If you stop the truck to glass a buck, don't get out of the truck there.  Drive out of sight, then work back on foot.
  • One good tactic is to stop the truck below the top of a rise, then get out, sneak over the top and glass.
  • After driving your area, pay attention to the basins with no visibility from a 2-track.  A few hundred square feet with a 6' depression easily hides a herd; antelope learn where these spots are, they are very reliable after the first few days, especially on hard-hunted public areas.
  • Most walk-in areas are very good.  Most antelope hunters don't walk.  See previous bullet.
  • Hunting into the wind, on foot, over undulating mountain foothills is a great tactic.  Lots of antelope hide in these small finger draws, especially on public ground.
  • Have your rifle sighted in, and practice shooting at 100, 200, 300 yards at a minimum.  If you aren't accurate, you will miss a ton of shots.

I'll add one to DL's that he forgot.

  • If you and your partner are trying to convince each other to shoot a certain goat in front of you, give in, as it may just be a 84 incher :chuckle:
"Fast is fine. Accuracy is final. You need to learn to shoot slow, real fast." -Wyatt Earp

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #43 on: August 19, 2011, 12:35:29 PM »
Dang it, now I am even more excited about going than before.  Well, it looks like I should have bought a Buck Tag too.  I bought one doe Deer tag so far, but it looks like it is only good for Whitetail.  Hope I find one lonely and confused Whitetail doe amongst all the Mulies.

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #44 on: August 19, 2011, 01:25:14 PM »
We have heard that the whitetails hang out closer to crazy woman creek, or the powder river.  I'd focus on those areas
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #45 on: August 19, 2011, 09:19:07 PM »
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I'll add one to DL's that he forgot.

 
  • If you and your partner are trying to convince each other to shoot a certain goat in front of you, give in, as it may just be a 84 incher :chuckle:


 
That IS good advice.  How are the toes?
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #46 on: August 25, 2011, 05:43:17 AM »
Thanks for the advice.  There are a few tags left for Mule Deer a couple units south of where we are going to be.  If the area looks good while I am there then I may have to buy a buck tag too. :)

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #47 on: August 25, 2011, 08:44:34 AM »
Interesting story about that buck with the velvet that is hanging in shreds on the other page:

We did not have any deer tags that day.  We were hunting prongs only.  Then we saw that monster on the way out.  We watched him for a while and dad decided he wanted him.  So we drove all the way to Sheridan to the G&F office (~80 miles I think) and bought a tag, then drove all the way back.  When we got to the place he was, he had moved...  about 50 yards.  Dad shot and we had the deer. 

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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #48 on: September 09, 2011, 09:10:57 PM »
My next hunt is coming up for WY leaving Wa around the 8th of Oct, first time antelope hunting area #29 and I have a deer tag also for region J.
I got the elk done now can I get a deer and 2 antelope ? , hope so.
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Re: Your Best Tips for first time wyoming antelope hunt?
« Reply #49 on: September 12, 2011, 08:40:01 AM »
Get in your truck, drive 20+ hours and look out your window; lopes everwhere  :chuckle: ....just saying.
Sled, I will text you pics and the camp grid coordinates later this week. I'm leaving in a few hours  :IBCOOL:
BTW - my brother got there yesterday and already stuck a doe with his bow  :archery_smiley: on the first day. Camp meat  :cue:  is waiting for us.

 

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