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Out of state Antelope hunt
« on: January 25, 2018, 07:46:56 AM »
I'm looking at an out of state Antelope hunt this year. Will be talking to a few folks at the Sport show this week end. None of my hunting buddies can go, so this will be solo.

Just looking for advice if DIY is worth trying with out scouting or if I should go guided. Only been on 1 guided trip for Caribou so not much experience with it

Thanks, Dave

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 08:54:14 AM »
http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,219551.0.html

The above was a members successful DIY from last year

plenty of topics on Wyoming antelope. Most are in the "out of state hunting" board

DIY is very possible

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 08:57:19 AM »
Do you have preference points in Wyoming? Possible diy without them but definitely if you have a few. :twocents:

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 05:50:07 PM »
I don't have any points. Actually first time researching. I heard there are units that are fairly easy to draw with lots of Goats but not as many big bucks as others

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 06:12:09 PM »
Check out Mike Eastman's book on antelope hunting. 

Went on my first lope hunt this year with the wife who got lucky and drew a good tag in the random draw, so my experience is pretty limited.  However, it was a blast this year.  Relatively small critters, too, so they would be great for a solo hunt.

I don't have much insight on tags, but my understanding is that pretty much every unit in Wyoming with a season has good numbers.  They key is to find one with good enough access so that you can hunt, but not so good that the draw odds are tough.  Give the game wardens down there a call once you have it narrowed down to a couple units.  They are pretty helpful and willing to discuss general animal numbers and public access.

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 06:25:33 PM »
Thanks for the tips guys

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 06:30:30 PM »
Check out Mike Eastman's book on antelope hunting. 

Went on my first lope hunt this year with the wife who got lucky and drew a good tag in the random draw, so my experience is pretty limited.  However, it was a blast this year.  Relatively small critters, too, so they would be great for a solo hunt.

I don't have much insight on tags, but my understanding is that pretty much every unit in Wyoming with a season has good numbers.  They key is to find one with good enough access so that you can hunt, but not so good that the draw odds are tough.  Give the game wardens down there a call once you have it narrowed down to a couple units.  They are pretty helpful and willing to discuss general animal numbers and public access.
Good advice. I will add that there are a number of tags you can draw with 0 points! Go have fun antelope hunting is a blast!

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2018, 09:54:49 PM »
When you're taking to guides, be sure to ask them if they'll take you solo. A lot of guides won't take a solo hunter, and most of the ones that do charge more. Be sure to ask so you have all your info when you make the choice.

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2018, 08:39:11 AM »
I don't have any points. Actually first time researching. I heard there are units that are fairly easy to draw with lots of Goats but not as many big bucks as others
That is generally true, however the easier to draw the more private land in general.
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: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2018, 08:04:49 AM »
I'm leaning towards a DIY Deer/Antelope hunt in Montana in the first week in November

Am I making a poor decision on waiting until Deer opener to hunt for Antelope?

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2018, 10:37:12 PM »
I'm leaning towards a DIY Deer/Antelope hunt in Montana in the first week in November

Am I making a poor decision on waiting until Deer opener to hunt for Antelope?
You're probably about 25% chance of drawing 700 series antelope in Montana if you don't have any points. I've heard that the horns can start shedding by November. Cousin and I bought montana points this past year so we are at 50/50 to draw 700 series. I'm thinking about going the last week of October and trying to add a deer "b" tag to get a little more bang for the buck.

If you don't draw Montana you could buy leftover licenses in Wyoming for units that are primarily private land. If I were you and really wanted to make it happen this year I would be applying in both Montana and Wyoming. Put a primo unit for 1st choice in wyo and scour draw odds and land ownership maps for a unit with access and tags available for 2nd choice, then you can build points for the future in Wyoming and hopefully get your feet wet in the antelope game this year


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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2018, 11:16:20 PM »
Good advice, thanks

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Re: Out of state Antelope hunt
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2018, 08:23:54 AM »
Waiting till November is risky if they lose their horns. Wyoming is the best bet, can definitely do diy, but by paying a guide it might open up a better hunt in those units full of private land.


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