Re: Newbie tryin to research/plan a Wyo Goat hunt with alot of ?s
Many of the guys have already given you good information. I've only been to Wyoming once antelope hunting but I'll give you what I learned:
-My party (3 of us) applied for the special drawing with no preference points and we all draw. I knew we wouldnt have a chance without the special tag and it was worth it to me.
-Antelope are surprisingly hard to judge. A 12" antelope on foot looks bigger than you think it will so study lots of pictures and antelope on the hoof when you arrive to your unit.
-Be prepared to camp in single digit temps. I went out the first full week in Oct and it was down to 9* a few of the nights. It got up to the mid 50's/low 60's during the day, so you can dress light while hunting. But, have good cold weather camping gear.
-Having a GPS is not only nice, but 100% neccessary in my mind. Most of the land out there is checkerboard type, so knowing you are able to hunt an area is important. Ignorance won't get you out of a trespassing ticket.
-If you don't shoot a lot of rifles now, spend a bunch of time behind your rifle and find a good load it likes. I'd say being comfortable to 300y is the minimum distance. Antelope are hard to get close to and live out in the open. Not saying you can't stalk into bow range, just be prepared to take longer shots.
-Make sure your pants and shoes can withstand cactus and stickers. They are everywhere out there. Also get yourself a good pair of leather gloves for stalking in the cactii. Those stickers are not fun pulling out of your hands/knees.
-Don't be afraid to ask the game warden where a good portion of the unit is to hunt. The warden in the unit we hunted in gave us some great information. They are friendly as long as you are hunting legally and safely.
Being a 'flatlander' from IA I can tell you the experience was great. The meat is good and well worth the trip. I'm planning on going back out for a doe/fawn hunt. I enjoyed the hunt as much as I enjyoed harvesting a nice buck.