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Old 11-06-2011, 05:11 PM
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2012 Wyoming antelope questions

I am planning for me and a few friends to go to Wyoming next year on an antelope hunt. I know a lot of you hunt up that way and have a lot of experience. I am looking for suggestions on what units to put in for.
1st choice looking for the best unit that I would have a decent chance of drawing say something like 50% chance or so. 2nd and 3rd choice just something that would guarantee that we get drawn.
Would prefer it be a unit where we could get at least one D/F tag a piece. We have no points. I am sure some of you have drawn some units with no points that you would recommend. I appreciate any help I can get.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:09 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

Although I cannot suggest any particular units, I can tell you to look at the WY game and fish website. They will show you all of the units and the odds of being drawn.

Also, when applying for tags, you can apply as a group/party. That way everyone in your group draws or nobody draws.

Finally, be sure to buy a conservation stamp. It is a legal must-have in WY.

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Old 11-06-2011, 08:27 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

in WY they call their odds reports, demand Index's. Go to the btm of the "hunting" page, download 2010 and 2011 demand indexes for BOTH the NR draw, regular and special. Also the random and pref point indexes.
Take a highlighter and mark the hunts in the RANDOM draw that had fewer applicants than remaining tags, you will then know which units can be drawn as a 2nd choice and may actually have left over tags. Do the same for the "special" draw (expensive draw).
When done you will know which cheap draw hunts should be available as well as those hunts that should be available in the "special" draw. Generally, there are higher quality hunts available for 2nd choice in the special draw because it costs more to apply.
If it were me, I would gain points and draw 2nd choice hunts while figuring out where I wanted to burn points.
You can also buy "left over" tags in July but I would research those units and fine ones with HMA or walk in access.

draw odds:
http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/hunti...dpdf/index.asp
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:31 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

Thanks for the info. I have studied there website, and looked at a lot of maps. I know a lot of the areas are marked as being limited access. You read a lot of people saying they hunted areas that were suppose to be not much access but they didn't have any trouble so I am just confused i guess on which units to apply for. Would love to hear from some folks that have been there or live there with some recommendations on which units would be the best to apply for 1st 2nd 3rd choices to try get best area i can with no points but be assured i can get drawn.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:49 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

If you want to be as assured as you can, you need to go over the odds and note the units. The ones that are drawn with zero points will have pvt land and smaller Bucks. Private land isn't much of an issue if there is a 30,000 acre HMA in the unit. There is also a lot of BLM. You may need to go from one section to another but it's not too much trouble. You also need to go to the WY hunter mgt. web page and see what's available for walk in areas for those drawable units as well.

There is no "best unit" for zero points. Most of those drawn at that level will be pretty much the same. You don't even need to get drawn. My daughter and I hunted 30 on left over tags in 2010, shot 3 bucks in an evening and morning hunt.

You really need to lay out the odds, mark them up, then search some different forums to see what people think of them.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:31 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

Thanks for the info. Maybe some folks will post the area they have hunted and share there good or bad experiences. I Have been looking at the odds and areas. And was thinking about putting in for 32 or 73 for my first choice looks like about a 10% chance on that one. 42 for my second choice looks like about a 75% chance drawing this on second choice, and 31 or 25 for 3rd choice seems likes either of these would be about 100%. Does anyone have any experience in these areas or think another unit would be a better choice for one of these.
If it makes any difference we want to be able to stay in motel.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:58 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

30, 31, and 32 are probably about the same, quality wise. Quantity was down in unit 30, for the 2010 hunt but 12" bucks were there. All 3 have HMA areas.
Those units are pretty much "enjoy the outdoors with a kid" type hunt. Not really taxidermy Buck type units. We stayed at the Cmon Inn on the East end of Casper.
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