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Old 11-06-2011, 11:14 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

What would you consider taxidermy worthy. Being from Alabama I don't know anyone that has ever killed an antelope so a 12 or 13 inch may end up on the wall if I kill one. When you stayed at the c'mon inn which unit did you hunt and did y'all just hunt public land
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:57 AM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

I hunted an HMA in unit 30.
Taxidermy size is different for everybody. When I was a lot younger I shot a "dink" that was 15 1/2". That's a pretty good buck now days. Lots of Antelope pics in the Antelope forum. Start looking at pics.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:55 AM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

Do you know anything about the hunting down around Laramie. Unit 43 has two HMA areas which look like pretty good size. Are there as many down that way as compared to Casper area.
Anyone on here ever hunted unit 43.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:43 AM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

I saw you posted on another forum, Mike will get you squared away. He has extensive posts on WY Antelope.
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:11 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

I agree, trophy quality is indeed up to the individual. I was with two hunters this fall who shot pronghorn under 16 inches on the same afternoon only a couple of miles apart. Both antelope scored Boone and Crockett at 84+. Remember, length is only one measurement in the equation. FWIW, both were taken on land open to everyone (established road walk-in area).

As I read through the posts regarding antelope in Wyoming, it occurs to me that a lot of nonresident hunters are hunting close to population centers (like Casper) in areas that are managed to service fairly large numbers of hunters given the carrying capacity. Yeah, I know folks need motels, campgrounds, a meat processor, and in some cases an airport. To be honest, there is no reason why a DIY hunter can't have multiple opportunities (on say a 3 day hunt) at antelope in the high 70's to low 80's if you just pick the right area and do some homework. Of course, those areas generally have lower odds of drawing.

mhagood:

I was raised in Laramie and I worked in Medicine Bow for several years. Back in the 1970's and early 1980's area 42 had huge numbers of very nice mature bucks. Alas, times do change. Yeah, there are some decent antelope to be had, but access is now a problem. I drove through the area last winter for old times sake, and I couldn't believe how things have changed. I would get a hold of a game warden out of Medicine Bow or Laramie and ask about access before applying. The same holds true for area 43.
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:02 AM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

Every year I meet folks that come out here to shoot a goat, for the most part it usually works out pretty well if they do there home work and and have an idea what to expect once they get out here. But in lot of those cases hunters that have never been out here don't have a clue how to hunt these critters in different areas of the state. There is more to hunting Antelope than just drawing and finding land to hunt. You had mentioned the areas around Laramie, some of it is rolling hills with Sage Brush not to bad for "putting the sneak on a goat" but allot of it has no brush or trees or even hills for that fact. The same goes for the areas around Cheyenne and a bunch of other areas around the state. I hear the same thing from out of state hunters Evey year " how the hell do you get close enough to get a good shot at these things"? Several years ago a my cousin had some friends come out from Pennsylvania the had permits for area 38 I found them some private land to hunt and let them go as they where all experienced hunters and I had to work. I figured it would be no problem, they all had what I figured where long range capable rifles, they shot and practiced 3 or 4 times a week. To make a long story short after 3 days of hunting hard they had exactly ZIP. I couldn't figure what they where doing wrong, on Saturday I took them out and got a great education on such things as judging distance, stealth, and the big one "Buck Fever". It took most of the day to get them there 4 goats it wasn't there fault they where just using back east hunting tactics out here and it didn't work. So the first thing I would recommend would be find an area that offers some cover, the central and western part of the state have areas of Sage and hills and generally make it easier to hunt. I'm not saying that you cant get a good shot at a goat out on the flats I do it every year I just cant explain a lifetime of experience in a paragraph. As far as finding a place to stay almost every little town will have a motel and a Café, maybe not 5 star but usually a nice place to stay. You will probably find it to be allot more friendly than some big motel in a city. Also driving 100 miles out here is nothing I drive 150 miles every year to where I hunt we rarely stay over night, so yes 300+ miles in one day is no big deal.

So find an area, if you don't draw find another, do some research. In resent years I found a cool little tool to look at possible areas, Google Earth. Yup bring up a satellite view of the areas your looking at and it will give you an idea of whats there besides roads and towns like you see on a map. You can call the game warden in the area you draw and he will be able to give you some ideas of access either public or private. If its private land call ahead try and get permission before you come out. Make reservations motels get a little busy that time of year. The most important thing Respect the Land, and the game. Years ago it was quite common to hear about "chasing goats" that is not acceptable at all any more. You will have much better luck if you spot from the truck and stalk on foot. I hope this helps, if I can help out when you decide where you want to hunt let me know.

Bob

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Old 11-22-2011, 08:11 PM
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Re: 2012 Wyoming antelope questions

Very good article. I'm an easterner trying to plan a 2012 hunt. I'm having alot of problems trying to figure the good areas from the bad. Any clues? Just want meat, but horns would be a nice bonus. Help me, help me!
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