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  1. elks96

    How many days are you gonna get in 2021?

    So I have not counted my spring bear or turkey yet as those are not fully set, but it looks like my fall will be 36 days (maybe 45) for Lope Elk and Deer. Assuming I get nothing cool like sheep or moose. That is all without taking any extra days off work and spread across the archery and rifle...
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    WY Trappers Association Spring Meeting

    March 27th I will be attending... Hope you can join!!! Wind River Trapping Supply is hosting the spring meeting for the WY Trappers Association. The meeting will take place on March 27th starting at Noon. At Noon there will be a youth trapping presentation. At 12:45 there will a great seminar...
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    Youth Age Bill

    I just saw that there are 2 bills that being proposed. I fully support changing the youth age for big game to 10 years of age. However I am saddened to see that neither bill really does much if anything. One bill allows kids age 11 to hunt if they are 12 by end of season (which is minimal change...
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    Lander Area Herd Summary from Biologist

    Just thought I would drop this here and let anyone interested read... https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Regional-Offices/Lander-Region/Lander-Region-News/How-are-the-big-game-herds-around-Lander
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    end of Block Management??? 60% will hurt all hunters

    I am curious others thoughts in this area. It seems as if the 60% requirement will greatly increase demand for private access in MT and as a result end up gutting the Block Management System. I am already certain there is pressure on the system from outfitters who would lease lands, but if we...
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    Muley Fanatics? Why the hate try 2....

    Haha. So last post was a thought I had while catching Walleye at Boysen. So typed on a cell between marks... I am however interested in the reasons why there is dislike for for the organization. I have not look at them much, but what I have seen it feels like they are the infomercial of the...
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    Miley Fanatic? Why the hate?

    Just curious. I have caught some hint that many here do not approve of amulet Fanatics... Why? What is the story? I mean besides the fact that the main mean are making $130,000 plus a year... What have they done? What have they not done?
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    Bad News Lope in 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 106

    Today, heard a pretty good interview on the local Radio station... Antelope Take Away... Units 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 106 all seen a 40% reduction in heard numbers last year. 2 fold issues were cited.... Harsh winter last winter, coupled with an extremely dry spring and summer. Has resulted...
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    Got the boot from Gordon?

    Well this is interesting. Any thoughts on this now former commissioner? https://cowboystatedaily.com/2021/01/26/former-game-fish-commissioner-mike-schmid-says-gordon-removed-him-for-opinions/?fbclid=IwAR3JklveJqJARqCX3JxAxbX9cms7Flh3ZbuEf0DVh8cGj9n6u8NKS81z29k
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    Not even 24 hours and the attacks begin...

    Looks like the New Administration is starting off of course with relisting wolves. They are also attacking regulations that allowed the state of Alaska better control over hunting in the state. It is going to get a lot worse...
  11. elks96

    Appointees to the new Wildlife Group...

    Not sure how I feel about this... Not sure how well this group s going to represent the DIY public hunters... Already know that Larry Hicks is not one to be trusted... what are your thoughts on the rest...
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    Win some Optics and help rebuild our shooting complex

    Founder, take down is no OK. Last fall the Lander Valley Sportsmen's complex took a nasty blow from some massive winds. Maven has stepped up to help rebuild the complex by hosting a raffle. The proceeds will be used to rebuild the shooting complex...
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    Drawing Moose and the fires aftermath...

    So I was just checking. Any word on How CPW ended up handling Moose hunters in the fire units? What is the end result? Did they roll the licenses forward a year and as a result reduce drawing quotes for this fall? What was the final decision?
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    High Lonesome Lost... Public hunters Won

    Just saw this. It finally came through. I could say lots of things about High Lonesome and none of them would be nice. I am happy that we pushed Garfield County a commissioners to this task. It is a good chunk of land opened back up and better yet the ranch was sent a message...
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    White tail B tags as an option?

    I wanted to check, if a person does not draw an general deer or and A tag for an area can they still buy buy a B list whitetail doe tag and go hunt? Or does the state require NR to have an existing draw tag first?
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    Draw Question...

    I looked quickly, but did not see an answer. This year my son and I had a great hunt on the General tags. It will likely be something we might try to do every now and then. My question is this, if we try for a harder to get quality tag in the draw, does that pretty much eliminate us from...
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    Our Day by day MT Hunt...

    The wife, daughter son and my mom left the house at 5:00 am in lander WY we drove hard straight through just over 5 hours to Broadus. It was a great trip and once we left Gillette we started seeing animals in bulk. When we arrived in Broadus we stopped at the Powder River Taxidermy and spoke...
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    Last minute thoughts before we leave? SE MT here we come

    So I am feeling lots of pressure. We leave Wednesday to spend 5 days chasing deer around Broadus. I am wondering if anyone has any boots on the ground pointers or any here that just left the area. We are hitting the forrest service office on the way in... Any last minute pointers.... Any areas...
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    Vacuum Sealer.... Which one?

    I have an older hand me down cabbalas unit. It works ok but I feel like the pump is heading down hill etc. What should I get? What are you using? I want to buy it once and use it for 15 years on everything!!!
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    Would you be upset?

    Scenario... You are hunting near town, like just outside city limits. You kill a large buck well known within the community that is very unique and easy to recognize. The kill was legal. You then decide to post pictures on social media of the buck. Soon an officer shows up at your door and...
  21. elks96

    Big Pod worth the cost?

    So who is running this setup? I have Silk tripod for glassing. And use homemade steady sticks for shooting. I am looking for a setup that will help my son and daughter shoot better. If you have the big pod, what are the must have heads?
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    Broadus Last Minute White Tail Pointers for my 10 year old??

    Hey all I am making last minutes plans and putting together any pointers I can get on hunting around this area. I have been Escouting and reading everything i can find. We will be in the area the last week of November over Thanksgiving. My son is 10 years old and has the apprentice license. I...
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    Conservation Plates or Access Yes?

    So I have been considering buying the plates, but I wanted to know how useful they are? Where the money goes? Also can you customize them? Last year, I chose to simply donate straight to ACCESS YES and do normal plates. I have A Truck, Blazer and Jeep I would consider the plates for, but feel...
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    Management Strategies

    So we all know the deer issues etc. Lots of options and lots of opinions. So I had a few thoughts to throw out there... First of all the state managers work for us. Granted they have to consider several different user groups, political influence, etc. But ultimately they work for the residents...
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    2020 WY buck down

    Well my deer hunt was exactly 3 days. I love Wy because a person can hunt and kill mature bucks. This buck is big bodied and mature. I am guessing at 5 years old but will look at teeth for sure...
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    First WY Bull

    So I sealed the deal this past weekend. My son and I had hit it hard for several weekends and Friday night everything came together right at dark. As dark hit the bull was still alive so we backed out and went back up Saturday morning. Not a monster but when your 10 year old calls one in and you...
  27. elks96

    Maven Optics???

    I honestly have only heard the name a few times in the past. However since we moved to Lander WY I am really considering switching all our glass over to Maven. I am curious however about everyone's experiences and about glass quality. Right now we run all Vortex... I see prices are really...
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    Forget score shoot a freak?

    So far I have looked at a ton of lopes and have not found a buck that I think will go 80+... But I did find this old mature freak horned buck... really contemplating making a move... what would you do? I am stalling hoping he will move into a stackable location
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    Single person heavy duty air mattress?

    So I am looking for a thicker single person air mattress that is heavy duty. I have used Coleman queen mattresses but I need something for just a single person in a single person tent. Weight not an issue as it will be my easy to set up vehicle camp...
  30. elks96

    Any Shooters in this set of pics?

    From this last weekend. Any of these guys shooters given the tag took 13 years to draw and I have until October 31 to hunt? I was not really tempted by any of them, but I also might do not know enough to say for sure...
  31. elks96

    Pronghorn Judging?

    So this is the first year ever that I have had a good pronghorn tag. I have never spent much time judging lopes, but this last weekend I realized that despite trying to use the rules and measure against the ear etc. I saw tons of lopes that all looked the same in terms of score... I looked at...
  32. elks96

    One Shot responds to critics...

    Well the executive director responded and said anyone who is opposed to the one shot is simply ignorant. The more I am learning about this the less impressed with it I am... I say they get rid of the rich politicians and allow a random draw for teams from the general public. Then beyond the 24...
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    One Shot Cancelled? Hopefully forever?

    Just saw this today. Maybe this silly event will end and the tags will forever go back to public!!! https://county10.com/one-shot-antelope-hunt-canceled-this-year/
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    Poll... Trophy Room Setup?

    So I finally have a trophy room/man cave... I have 2 options... 1 huge wall that will fit 90% of my treasures or the entire room spread out? On epic wall is cool but some will be 15 foot high, all around would slow me specific sections, deer wall, elk wall, predators, and turkey? Which would...
  35. elks96

    CWD Plan???

    Well since it passed today... I am still trying to figure out how to stay on top of the Wildlife Happening in WY... What is in the CWD Plan? Is it the same stupid crap as other states? Kill all the deer so there are not deer to get sick? I will try and read it soon. I sent in comments a while...
  36. elks96

    Whitetail area thanksgiving?

    So I told my son I drew the MT. General deer tag and since he is 10 he can do the mentor with me. I originally started researching for mule deer, and have some areas we were going to head, but he found youtube and watched Randy Newberg hunting White tails in MT. So he is set that he wants to...
  37. elks96

    What would you buy?

    I am having a miserable time suggesting presents for Father’s Day this year. I have a $1000 points on my bass pro/cabelas plus Father’s Day money etc. what the heck would you buy today if you had say $1500 to spend at basspro/cabelas?
  38. elks96

    Hard to scout in this weather...

    Got out yesterday. It was raining hard pretty much all day. One thing I try to do in a new area is hit it when it is wet. To see what the roads do, which’s one stay passable which ones are not etc. So despite rain and wind I loaded up the blazer and went to explore... No elk were spited but I...
  39. elks96

    Help w/NR Doe Fawn Allocations Pronghorn?

    So I am looking at additional tags for wife and daughter we will be 3 weeks short of being residents for the draw. Can anyone tell me what the Resident/NR split is on Doe Fawn Antelope tags? Or if there is a set number? I am looking at last years stats and finding some really weird number...
  40. elks96

    And yet another bear down...

    Here is another one. Story sound like the guy ended up under the bear and pulled his hand gun and shot and killed it. Not 100% on the full story but shed hunter attacked expected to be fine and the bear is dead... https://county10.com/man-injured-by-grizzly-bear-east-of-dubois-saturday/
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