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Unread 05-20-2010, 09:48 PM
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Re: When to go ?

All good advise. I personally prefer to hunt late in the season if hunting public land. Private land, I am usually setup a day or two prior to the season. You will still have hunters but not near as many. Shooting a Buck of your liking should not be a problem either. There will be enough shooters for you to look over, especially if your longrange hunting.
I spoke with a game biologist in Casper last year about the same areas your planning on going. He highly suggested waiting 1-2 weeks after the opener. He was right, the Antelope had settled down and I only saw a few hunters in a 4 day period. Our group harvested 8 Antelope.
I suggest you call the Casper office and ask for the Antelope game biologist. I'm sure they will help you make your decision.
One other thing to keep in mind is the weather. Last year it got pretty nasty in early October.
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Unread 05-21-2010, 12:12 PM
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Re: When to go ?

My experience is the locals are usually cutting fields during this time and you dont see much local traffic at all. I usually see more out of state plates than local. I would say be there for the opener for sure especially since it is on a wednesday. Deer opens on a friday this year and it wont be nearly as pleasant. Good luck. Oh I will be closer to Thermopolis area and dont no about those units your trying.
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Unread 05-21-2010, 06:47 PM
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Re: When to go ?

Since the timing of the hunt has been hit on several times, I'll throw my .02 in towards location. If you are hunting public walk-in areas, take your map and use a highlighter and color in all the areas within 1-2 miles of any road that is open to public traffic. Then concentrate your hunting and scouting on the non-highlighted areas. Where we hunt almost every hunter you see is in the highlighted area, if not sitting in their trucks. If you get away from the roads you will find un-pressured game. It takes more effort but if you are in good company the walks are much more enjoyable.
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Unread 05-24-2010, 07:45 PM
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Re: When to go ?

I've never hunted Antelope but was in Wyoming for a week last year and completed the Cutt Slam. What are the options for over the counter tags? Missed the draw but I'd be happy with an eater doe. Public land DIY would be what I'm looking for. PM's are fine don't want to blow up anyone's spot! I've heard there are several areas where OTC doe tags are not hard to get. Thanks for any info!
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Unread 05-25-2010, 11:18 AM
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Re: When to go ?

Thanks for all the info gentlemen! I will most likely be hunting public land and plan to get as far from the roads as I can. I plan to try and get this done with a specialty pistol if possible but will have a LR rifle or 2 just in case! As far as good company, mine backed out on me at the last minute so it looks like this will be a solo affair.

davkrat, Depending on where you want to hunt left over tags can be pretty easy to come by, buck or doe. They go on sale in July, just be aware that most of them will be in areas with limited public access. You have to do your homework to find a place to hunt but it sure is fun!

Keep it coming!

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Unread 05-31-2010, 05:49 PM
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Re: When to go ?

I have been hunting antelope in Wyoming for over 30 years and my preference is to go as late in the season as possible. As far as locals, some of the die hard trophy hunters will spend all summer scouting under the guise of p-dog hunting. Sunrise on opening morning, let the fun begin. If the area has mountain/hilly terrain that is pretty much not accessible, late season can be the ticket. The critters are down for the winter and bunched up. You would be amazed at the trophy quality in some areas on the last weekend. If you hit area 72 send me an e-mail and I'll see if I can set you up on some private ground. For that matter, I took early retirement (age 54) and I plan on laying out of work for a year, or two, or three...and I would be happy to show you around.
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