second choice Wy. unit?

Discussion in 'Antelope Hunting' started by ddgun, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. ddgun

    ddgun Member

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Does anybody have any advise on what unit in Wy. is a good second choice? I am not looking to kill a monster just looking for an area with a decent chance to draw a buck tag and decent access to public land. thanks!
     
  2. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    690
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2012
    Do you have any points saved up,what was your first choice?
     

  3. ddgun

    ddgun Member

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    I have 1 point, have not decided which area for the first choice either. I was just planning to pick one of the impossible units for a first choice then if I do get lucky it will be worth it. I drew a doe/fawn tag last year in 83 and had a great time. This year I would like to draw a buck tag if possible.
     
  4. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    690
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2012
    I am assuming you are after antelope.
     
  5. ddgun

    ddgun Member

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    yes
     
  6. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    145
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Area 7, by Newcastle. Lots of goats, lots of public land and private walk in area.

    If you put in for Area 7, and get drawn, let me know, I'll let you know where to go.
     
  7. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,377
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2010
    That's interesting regarding unit 7 because everything I've heard lately is that the unit is way down due to bad weather a year ago. I was going to suggest that he use his PP for unit 27 southwest of 7 and go down to the southeastern area known as the Red Hills. I was there two years ago and saw a good number of goats and some real nice bucks. If you wait until 2014 to draw a tag, please be aware that the buck license is supposed to go up to $370, so with the increase in the price for the application fee and Conservation Stamp that goes with it you will be talking $400 for a lousy goat license! That's why I cashed in my PPs last year and will not hunt anything but does on the cheap from now on.
     
  8. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    145
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Yes, year before last heavy snows pushed the critters south. Last year it was a bit different, hardly any snow.

    It was a little different this year and last. Last year I had my goat and was home by 9;30.

    This year it I didn't get a goat until 2 PM. Both openning day.

    There wasn't as many out of state hunters this (2012) as in the past. But the goats are there.
     
  9. gstanfield

    gstanfield Active Member

    Messages:
    30
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2004
    I'd have to check the map, but there's tons of goat and plenty of public land between Casper and Glenrock on the south side of the highway. I hunt the other side out by my house, but I often go and do some long range shooting on the public lands between the mountains and the highway.
     
  10. ddgun

    ddgun Member

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Thanks for all of your help guys I really appreciate it. I had not heard about the price increase in 2014.
     
  11. ddgun

    ddgun Member

    Messages:
    6
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    I will let you know if I draw 7, I really appreciate it.
     
  12. WapitiBob

    WapitiBob Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    426
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2011
    You won't be hunting bucks in unit 7 on a 2nd choice tag unless you pony up for the special draw.

    Download the regular, NR random draw odds, then go down the list and look for units where the 1st and 2nd choices combined, are less than the tag quota. After you mark the units you can draw as a 2nd choice, research those units.
     
  13. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    145
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Problem is, you just never know what is going to happen. Take Area 7 for example.

    As mentioned heavy snow pushed the critters south so when setting up draw no one figured there would be many antelope in that area and set the draws accordingly.

    Then last summer, they had a huge fire north of Hwy 16 from Osage to Newcastle all the way up past Skull Creek. That pushed all those animals south of Highway 16 back into Area 7.

    Fish and Game has to set the limits based on history of the last winter and set them early enough so they can have their draws and people can plan hunts.

    No one knows what with happen with our heavy wet snow we get in the spring for what the fire season may bring us.

    Just got to play your cards and take your chances.
     
  14. WapitiBob

    WapitiBob Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    426
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2011
    Yes, to a point, but for unit 7, 45 tags and over 300 1st choice random draw applicants is a sure thing he won't be hunting it on a 2nd choice.