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Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« on: November 20, 2016, 10:07:47 AM »
Been thinking  more and more about hunting Antelope , but have no idea where/ how to start. Do you need to apply for points like here or is there otc buck tags available ? What about units are they all huntable or are some draw/landowner only ? Trophy potentially isn't important to me ( yet ) just want to have a good time .
 What about deer tags how do they work otc or points ?
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2016, 10:22:53 AM »
Wyoming Fish & Game website has great info and it is SO much easier to find than WA.   :twocents:

You will find the units to the West are much harder to draw. They take around 6 points to draw. My brother is a resident and he even has trouble drawing the SW units. Some may only give out 5 nonresident tags.
The middle states can be drawn with a couple points and the Eastern side can be drawn with zero points.  Many units will have leftover tags

Most landowners will charge a small fee for bucks, but may allow you to hunt free for does. 

You can email/call the local DFW biologist for good starting points also. 

Good luck.
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2016, 10:44:21 AM »
It's real easy to buy Wyoming points. You don't even have to go thru the application process like most states. During the summer months until normally October 31st, they offer a points only option. 50$ elk, 40$ deer, and 30$ for goat.

There is typically leftover tags for does but are in difficult land access areas.

Like said above, most good units take about 6-7 points to draw. Start building points at least and research the unit that appeals to you most.

Wyoming antelope hunting is a blast!

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2016, 11:04:25 AM »
So Eastern part of the state is a better option if I want to go next year ?
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2016, 11:06:51 AM »
Eastern part of the state is pretty hard on access, but doesn't seem impossible. I am headed there next year to give it a go.

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 11:08:10 AM »
Check out the leftover tags.  We have hunted there for a couple years and fill every leftover tag we have gotten.  In units that have tough access, it will be harder to find open ground to hunt, but still possible.  I would STRONLY recommend getting the onX map card to know ownership.

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2016, 11:11:54 AM »
Check out the leftover tags.  We have hunted there for a couple years and fill every leftover tag we have gotten.  In units that have tough access, it will be harder to find open ground to hunt, but still possible.  I would STRONLY recommend getting the onX map card to know ownership.
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I've hunted units with leftover licenses that had little public land, and always filled the licenses. You must have a GPS with land ownership, and also check out the Walk In Areas and Hunter Management Areas which can provide access to private land.
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2016, 11:33:22 AM »
 :yeah: Here is a map of the hma's for you. If you are going to hunt a unit that offers one you will have to apply. Some are limited number of permission slips others are unlimited.

https://wgfd.wyo.gov/plpwhmprogram/frmHunterManagementHome.aspx
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2016, 04:27:39 PM »
We got permission to hunt on 3 of the 5 ranches we stopped at this year and asked, all in NE WY. We are going to collect next year on these and hopefully have even more land to hunt on next year! Cost, was one bottle of whiskey! Very nice people, just have to find those that are not booked up, it helps to not ask on deer opener. That's where most of these people make their cash.
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2016, 08:32:04 AM »
I'm planning on heading there next year also. I've never been, but I bought a point this summer. I'm really torn on what units I should apply for. There's positive and negative feedback on most of the units I think I can draw. Any help from you guys that have been there would be great!
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2016, 08:57:58 AM »
I'm planning on heading there next year also. I've never been, but I bought a point this summer. I'm really torn on what units I should apply for. There's positive and negative feedback on most of the units I think I can draw. Any help from you guys that have been there would be great!

Generally speaking, which part of the State are you looking at?  Hard to give feedback without narrowing it down somewhat.  Those of us that hunt over there regularly focus on different areas.

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2016, 02:52:17 PM »
I'm planning on heading there next year also. I've never been, but I bought a point this summer. I'm really torn on what units I should apply for. There's positive and negative feedback on most of the units I think I can draw. Any help from you guys that have been there would be great!

Generally speaking, which part of the State are you looking at?  Hard to give feedback without narrowing it down somewhat.  Those of us that hunt over there regularly focus on different areas.
I was thinking about applying for 73 1st, 27 2nd, and 7 3rd. Do you think that's a good plan with 2 points, or could I do better. Thanks again for your help.
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2016, 02:57:23 PM »
I'm planning on heading there next year also. I've never been, but I bought a point this summer. I'm really torn on what units I should apply for. There's positive and negative feedback on most of the units I think I can draw. Any help from you guys that have been there would be great!

Generally speaking, which part of the State are you looking at?  Hard to give feedback without narrowing it down somewhat.  Those of us that hunt over there regularly focus on different areas.
I was thinking about applying for 73 1st, 27 2nd, and 7 3rd. Do you think that's a good plan with 2 points, or could I do better. Thanks again for your help.
You're unlikely to draw 73 type 1 with 2 points (based on 2016 results you would have no chance.) You would have needed 5 to be assured of drawing this year. Check here: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Drawing-Odds/2016-Drawing-Odds

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2016, 06:53:52 AM »
I'm planning on heading there next year also. I've never been, but I bought a point this summer. I'm really torn on what units I should apply for. There's positive and negative feedback on most of the units I think I can draw. Any help from you guys that have been there would be great!

Generally speaking, which part of the State are you looking at?  Hard to give feedback without narrowing it down somewhat.  Those of us that hunt over there regularly focus on different areas.
I was thinking about applying for 73 1st, 27 2nd, and 7 3rd. Do you think that's a good plan with 2 points, or could I do better. Thanks again for your help.
You're unlikely to draw 73 type 1 with 2 points (based on 2016 results you would have no chance.) You would have needed 5 to be assured of drawing this year. Check here: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Drawing-Odds/2016-Drawing-Odds
I figured I'd shoot for the stars and hope I get 73. Do you think 27 and 7 are good second and third choices. I know I'll draw 7, no problem. But are there better options for me. I've never been there so I'm going into this as blind as a bat. Thanks
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2016, 07:34:04 AM »
Do you have 1 point or 2? You said you bought a point this year, so sounds to me like you only have 1? Looks like for 73 you need at least 4 points and 27 you need at least 3.

Area 7 is the only one of those that can be drawn with 1 point. So if you really want to hunt in 2017, you should apply for area 7 as your number one choice. You may end up not drawing 7 if you don't have it as your first choice.

You could take a chance and put in for 7 as a second choice and one of the others as your first choice. But the odds of drawing 27 or 73 would be very low if not impossible.

For second and third choices you should only choose units that had leftover tags last year. Like many of the units in NE Wyoming.

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2016, 09:34:37 AM »
Do you have 1 point or 2? You said you bought a point this year, so sounds to me like you only have 1? Looks like for 73 you need at least 4 points and 27 you need at least 3.

Area 7 is the only one of those that can be drawn with 1 point. So if you really want to hunt in 2017, you should apply for area 7 as your number one choice. You may end up not drawing 7 if you don't have it as your first choice.

You could take a chance and put in for 7 as a second choice and one of the others as your first choice. But the odds of drawing 27 or 73 would be very low if not impossible.

For second and third choices you should only choose units that had leftover tags last year. Like many of the units in NE Wyoming.
I bought a point last year and figured if I applied this year it would give me 2. Im probably wrong assuming that. But if I did special draw for 27 I think I might have a chance :dunno:
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2016, 09:44:02 AM »
Do you have 1 point or 2? You said you bought a point this year, so sounds to me like you only have 1? Looks like for 73 you need at least 4 points and 27 you need at least 3.

Area 7 is the only one of those that can be drawn with 1 point. So if you really want to hunt in 2017, you should apply for area 7 as your number one choice. You may end up not drawing 7 if you don't have it as your first choice.

You could take a chance and put in for 7 as a second choice and one of the others as your first choice. But the odds of drawing 27 or 73 would be very low if not impossible.

For second and third choices you should only choose units that had leftover tags last year. Like many of the units in NE Wyoming.
I bought a point last year and figured if I applied this year it would give me 2. Im probably wrong assuming that. But if I did special draw for 27 I think I might have a chance :dunno:

It's different than Washington in that you don't get the point until after the drawing is done. So yes you would gain another point in 2017 but it would be after you are unsuccessful in drawing your first choice, and therefore you wouldn't have 2 points in the draw until 2018.

But you're right, if you're willing to spend the extra money for the special draw you would most likely draw 27 with your 1 point, but only if you have it as your first choice.

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2016, 12:51:59 PM »
Copy that. Thanks for the input :tup:
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2016, 01:38:01 PM »
I've hunted in three different units over there, and didn't really know anything about any of them beforehand.  The factors I considered in applying for a unit were pretty basic, but it has worked out well so far:  (i) how many tags are given out and what is the harvest % on bucks, (ii) how much BLM land (or other public land, but NOT national forest) is available and is it generally in big chunks (good) or broken up (bad, can be landlocked), and (iii) can I draw it with the number of points I have?

I took a look at 73 (never been there), and it looks great on the first two prongs (lots of tags, very high buck harvest %, and lots of big BLM chunks)but not so good on the last one.  Looks like you need at least 2 points in the special draw. 

You've probably looked at the Hunt Planner Interactive Map already, but that's a very quick way to see how much BLM land (yellow) is available in a given unit.  https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Hunt-Planner/Antelope-Hunting/Antelope-Map

If you look hard enough, there are some units that satisfy all three prongs, assuming you're willing to pay for the special draw.

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2016, 01:45:25 PM »
Thanks for all the info. I've checked out almost everything I can. I'm still torn on what I should apply for. I'm not going to get a chance to do this for another 6 years. I sure hope I pick right. Any last minute info would be great. Thanks again for everything. Less than a month for apps!!! :tup: :dunno:
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2016, 01:52:35 PM »
Application deadline is June 1st.

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2016, 02:29:29 PM »
I've hunted in three different units over there, and didn't really know anything about any of them beforehand.  The factors I considered in applying for a unit were pretty basic, but it has worked out well so far:  (i) how many tags are given out and what is the harvest % on bucks, (ii) how much BLM land (or other public land, but NOT national forest) is available and is it generally in big chunks (good) or broken up (bad, can be landlocked), and (iii) can I draw it with the number of points I have?

I took a look at 73 (never been there), and it looks great on the first two prongs (lots of tags, very high buck harvest %, and lots of big BLM chunks)but not so good on the last one.  Looks like you need at least 2 points in the special draw. 

You've probably looked at the Hunt Planner Interactive Map already, but that's a very quick way to see how much BLM land (yellow) is available in a given unit.  https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Hunt-Planner/Antelope-Hunting/Antelope-Map

If you look hard enough, there are some units that satisfy all three prongs, assuming you're willing to pay for the special draw.
Iíve hunted 73 many times, and it is a great unit. Ten years ago you could draw with one point, and get four leftover doe/fawn licenses to boot every year. It takes around four to five points now unless you pay more for the special category. I plan to hunt 73 next year myself.

Unless Wyoming is a ďone and doneĒ state, my advice for first-time hunters is to find a unit that typically has leftover doe/fawn licenses and some public land, and hunt that unit the first year. You can get four doe/fawn licenses for $34 each. The does are just as challenging to hunt, the meat is superb, and youíll learn enough to allow you to apply the next year with more knowledge. It takes several years to draw an ďany antelopeĒ license in the more desirable units, so plan on hunting doe/fawns during the off years.

The last few years Iíve hunted units I never hunted before as I built up points in 73. I bought leftover doe/fawn licenses in July and had a great time filling them. On average it took me about one day per license because I wasnít familiar with the units. If I were to go back to those units Iím pretty sure I could fill four in one day now, if I wanted to.
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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2016, 02:53:25 PM »
I've hunted in three different units over there, and didn't really know anything about any of them beforehand.  The factors I considered in applying for a unit were pretty basic, but it has worked out well so far:  (i) how many tags are given out and what is the harvest % on bucks, (ii) how much BLM land (or other public land, but NOT national forest) is available and is it generally in big chunks (good) or broken up (bad, can be landlocked), and (iii) can I draw it with the number of points I have?

I took a look at 73 (never been there), and it looks great on the first two prongs (lots of tags, very high buck harvest %, and lots of big BLM chunks)but not so good on the last one.  Looks like you need at least 2 points in the special draw. 

You've probably looked at the Hunt Planner Interactive Map already, but that's a very quick way to see how much BLM land (yellow) is available in a given unit.  https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Hunt-Planner/Antelope-Hunting/Antelope-Map

If you look hard enough, there are some units that satisfy all three prongs, assuming you're willing to pay for the special draw.
Iíve hunted 73 many times, and it is a great unit. Ten years ago you could draw with one point, and get four leftover doe/fawn licenses to boot every year. It takes around four to five points now unless you pay more for the special category. I plan to hunt 73 next year myself.

Unless Wyoming is a ďone and doneĒ state, my advice for first-time hunters is to find a unit that typically has leftover doe/fawn licenses and some public land, and hunt that unit the first year. You can get four doe/fawn licenses for $34 each. The does are just as challenging to hunt, the meat is superb, and youíll learn enough to allow you to apply the next year with more knowledge. It takes several years to draw an ďany antelopeĒ license in the more desirable units, so plan on hunting doe/fawns during the off years.

The last few years Iíve hunted units I never hunted before as I built up points in 73. I bought leftover doe/fawn licenses in July and had a great time filling them. On average it took me about one day per license because I wasnít familiar with the units. If I were to go back to those units Iím pretty sure I could fill four in one day now, if I wanted to.

How do you know if they had leftover licenses the year prior?  Using 73 as an example, it looks as if the quota for type 6 licenses was 600, but only 73 hunters on their harvest report, does that mean that there are generally leftover tags available? 

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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2016, 04:30:38 PM »
Click on the Drawing Odds tab of the Hunt Planner.

You might be looking at the resident draw for 73-6.  For non-residents, appears the quota was 50 and total applicants were over 500.

https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Hunt-Planner/Antelope-Hunting/Antelope-Area-73


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Re: Thinking about Wyoming Antelope
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2017, 04:54:20 PM »
I've hunted in three different units over there, and didn't really know anything about any of them beforehand.  The factors I considered in applying for a unit were pretty basic, but it has worked out well so far:  (i) how many tags are given out and what is the harvest % on bucks, (ii) how much BLM land (or other public land, but NOT national forest) is available and is it generally in big chunks (good) or broken up (bad, can be landlocked), and (iii) can I draw it with the number of points I have?

I took a look at 73 (never been there), and it looks great on the first two prongs (lots of tags, very high buck harvest %, and lots of big BLM chunks)but not so good on the last one.  Looks like you need at least 2 points in the special draw. 

You've probably looked at the Hunt Planner Interactive Map already, but that's a very quick way to see how much BLM land (yellow) is available in a given unit.  https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Hunt-Planner/Antelope-Hunting/Antelope-Map

If you look hard enough, there are some units that satisfy all three prongs, assuming you're willing to pay for the special draw.

Took your words to heart and did a lot more research. Finally found what I was looking for and applied yesterday. Thanks everyone for the info. I'm hoping for a memorable hunt!
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