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Steve G wrote:Gavin:
We ended up buying a key piece of land that borders 21 square miles of landlocked BLM and State land, so not only do we always have a place to hunt with low pressure, we can get several goat tags each year over the counter easy. And mule deer are almost as easy to draw probably like every other year.
Anyway, as a result I have been pouring over the draw and success statistics, I didn't think it took 40 points, for trophy elk, but I could be wrong. If I see something worth sharing I'll send you a PM.
My hunting partner and I have enough points to draw MD in G&H so we will probably be doing that in 2017. It looks like beautiful country.
Max points is only 10 currently but being 8 points behind the curve can take awhile to draw as there are ~200,000 people who have more points than me.
https://wgfd.wyo.gov/WGFD/media/content ... TS_EDA.pdf
What part of the state is your land in? I keep looking on landsofwyoming.com and often see some pretty cheap land although some of it's pretty barren. Do you get a landowner antelope tag or are they draw tags?
SBH2Oman wrote:Great thread - thanks Big_Berg for pointing me here. I'm getting back into hunting after a ~30 year hiatus, and man things have changed. Lots of new, complicated BS to learn (thanks, California legislature...) And MAN its a lot more expensive than when I was a kid! (over $20 for a pig tag???). At least the idiots in Sacramento haven't imposed a bag limit (yet)...
I don't have a copy of my old license from my pre-digital college days, so I'm re-taking the hunter safety classes along with my 16 year-old son. Basically I'm back to "noob" status, which for a 50 year old guy can be a bit humbling... That being said, I'm fired up about getting back in the 'game' and this thread gives me hope that there's game to be had here in California. It will be great to have another expensive, gear-heavy hobby to keep me occupied during the off-season for spearing. And it gives more meaning to the weekend paper-punching sessions at the range
As a kid in Carmel Valley I grew up around pig and deer hunting and also did a very small amount of quail and dove. Shot (and ate) a lot of rabbits when I was in college in San Diego back in the early 80's (I was so broke it was a main source of protein).
I've got a good buddy who convinced me to get a 50 cal inline muzzleloader, so I'll be joining him for the next special deer season (whether I get a tag or not) to learn what I can.
Hopefully I'll be contributing pictures to this thread within a few months...
CaptainLeo wrote:Was able to finally get my first deer. Nothing too dramatic about the hunt. We were able to get within 100 yards of him and I got him right in the lung. The bullet proceeded to blow apart the spine and destroy the right lung dropping it right in it's tracks. He was pretty young, but had a pretty big body. Nice set of forked antlers, also.
GavinTexas wrote:Back from my trip.
Didn't end up putting one down this year (buddy did) but probably one of my favorite hunts ever.
We hunted one of Wyomings top units on cow tags that required a point to draw.
Steve G wrote:I had a great but unsuccessful hunt for cow elk in Utah this past October so we went back for the last three days of the season and found 12" of snow and temperatures below zero. I've never hunted big game so late in the season before and it made for an incredible experience. Not much in the order of trophy value but it will definitely provide plenty of elk steaks in addition to the fun hunt.
dennisschlosser wrote:Nice cow elk Steve. Nothing tastes better. Went up to my favorite spot in Montana this year but had to go solo. My good friend and pack mule is going through chemo and trying to kick cancers ass at only 39 years old, so it was not the same without him this year. With the elk being over 6 miles round trip from the truck, and knowing even a smaller elk would be two really heavy loads in one day, a big bull was not in the cards this year with the temps in the high 60s to low 70s. Couldn't forgive myself if I left meat to spoil, even for a big set of antlers. The 4000 ft of elevation gain from the truck (4500-8500) to the elk also didn't help, but I was able to get it done on opening day with a small bull, and after a few days rest, again a few days later with a small cow. Having never packed out an elk by myself in one day, getting two in two days hunting by myself pushed my limits. While it seemed impossbile at times I just kept thinking who much easier it was than sitting in a hospital going through chemo. Even better than the hunt was being able to bring meat back to my friend and his family. The first thing he told me was don't worry, I'll be ready to go next fall and than we can shoot the herd bull.
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