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Old 09-25-2011, 08:19 AM
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antelope hunt

looking to do a diy hunt in 2012, where to start. blm maps? areas to hunt?
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:35 AM
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Re: antelope hunt

Where too start? ... get lucky enough to draw a tag! Lol
Browse the gampe population / success rate stats the dept. of wildlife puts out and try to match it up with accessible blm land would be my suggestion. To know wich units to put in for
I can't give much more advise. I cheat a little, my old man is a former guide and has invaluable contacts.
He also is priceless as a spotter. He can call em out faster than. I can send em
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:35 AM
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Re: antelope hunt

The easiest thing to do is to subscribe to some of the magazines that put info like that in their issues. I have used "The Huntin' Fool" and "Eastmans Hunting Journal" in the past, but I'm sure there are others. The thing that I've learned is that individual units can change quickly. Things like tough winters, increased tag numbers, etc. can make things tough. But, the state of Wyoming, in general, is absolutely full of antelope. I've read that there are more antelope in the state of Wyoming than the rest of the North American population.

I would start with the game and fish website: % success, changes in tag numbers over the last couple years, points required, etc. Eastmans Hunting Journal really spells all of this out in their members research supplement - this (I believe) is also available on their website to look up past advice - just because someone says a unit or an area is hot now, I think it is good to look back over several years to see if the unit or area typically produces what you're after.

Once you zero in on a unit or area - get the blm maps. This will show you land ownership and road locations for the most part. Roads on BLM land can and do change and maps are not updated every year.

Once you've got all of that down, get the best spotting scope you can afford and be ready to look over a lot of bucks before you find what you want. Patience and good glass can lead to a diy book head, but it takes a lot of patience and skill at judging what you're looking at.

I hope that helps!
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:38 AM
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Re: antelope hunt

Also, don't get too discouraged if an area you're interested in has a lot of private land in it. The game and fish website shows certain portions of private that are public accessible for hunting.

In addition to that, some ranchers (I think) will let you hunt on their land if you ask.

Good Luck.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:39 AM
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Re: antelope hunt

Sorry, one more crucial thing that I forgot - BE PREPARED TO SHOOT IN THE WIND!
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:48 AM
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Re: antelope hunt

6.5 made some excellent points. Iwas not aware of the magazines that might help. And in my experience he is abdolutely right about glassing. I prefer a top end set of binocs but that is just my prefrence.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:03 AM
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Re: antelope hunt

Things not to hunt without...
Good spotting scope or binos
Capable spotter to call the shots while you settle in
a range finder and wind meter that your spotter can operate
a rifle system capable of bucking wyo. wind

Heck I prefer a 22-250 with fast 40 grain loads on texas coyotes but my wyoming huntin buddy shoots a 6mm with 80- 100 grain loads for his... for good reason
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