Re: place to stay
I would recommend Lusk over Douglas, not many motels so reserve early. (The same would be said for Douglas, reserve early, like NOW.
I live and hunt in the Newcastle Area, and hunt antelope not far from the house, BUT I normally take a tent and set up in the area the night before opening day.
I love camping on the prairie, listening to coyotes 'n such. That is 75% of the hunt in my opinion.