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  1. elks96

    New Rifle with a Can? What should I get?

    So I am getting ready to build a rifle with a suppressor. The purpose for this rifle is for my daughter (age 16) and my son (age 11). They currently share a 243 and has been a great set up for us, but we want to add some power specifically for elk... I have been wanting a can for a while and...
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    Rawlins/Baggs weather report?

    Curious if anyone could tell Me how the totals Look for Rawlins to Baggs area. Have Friday to hunt and trying to decide if I just use the truck or if I need to bring the jeep.
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    Connection/Info About Ekalaka Area

    Hey all. My son and I are heading to the Ekalaka area this November. Over thanksgiving. Last year we had a good hunt out of Broadus and have a few starting points. We were able to fill our buck tags last year but not our Doe Whitetail. This year my son really wants a whitetail buck. Does anyone...
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    2021 Buck…

    Well I spent the last 2 weeks of archery and the last 6 days chasing elk and deer in general units. To say the deer numbers are down is an understatement. The over all population is down and the quality is also way down. In almost 20 days I only saw 6 bucks on public land and only 2 were legal...
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    No hunter carrying a firearm in WY?

    Hey just curious, does Wy have a law limiting what a non hunter can carry? In Colorado we were limited to 223 and lower during a season. I was hoping to take my 25-06 for coyotes tomorrow
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    Anyone got a bull in 124?

    Found a solid 6x6 in 124 SW of Wamsetter that appears to have been hit in the left front shoulder. if it was you, he is totally fine, not even limping. Running cows and rutting hard
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    Help with argument against 1 shot

    So I am working on a letter to the editor for my local papers speaking against the one shot. The hunt is currently happening and the local papers are swooning over the event and how wonderful it is etc. I need help creating an argument against it in terms of the North American Wildlife Model...
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    Wife's First Archery Elk

    It was a great opening weekend for us. We were into elk every hunt, lots of bugling. My wife has been at the archery elk hunting game for 7+ years and had all sorts of issues. We finally pulled it together this weekend. It was a great shot at 28 yards and a short blood trail. A mile pack and her...
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    Archery Desert Lope Adventure

    Last year was my fist year with a WY lope tag in hand. The hunt was the cash in of 13 nonresident points. With the season structure I began hunting on Aug. 15th and held out until the very end of the season killing my lope at last light on the last day, October 31st. Reflecting on that hunt it...
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    SOLD 16x20 Wall Tent/Frame/Fly

    Update/New listing with pics of tent set up. a lightly used 16x20 wall tent from the wall tent shop in Idaho. Front and rear doors with screen, side windows with screens, includes a full frame kit for tent and the fly. Has rain fly that covers entire tent and a 10 foot awning out the front...
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    Almost sent a Pdog to the taxi man…

    Scouting lopes. Found a couple decent lopes but today’s big find was a Pdog. We also found a family of burrowing owls (my favorite owls by far) and my son was trying out his new maven glass… I have good camera pictures of the pdog. This was just a snap with my phone. But the other ones turned...
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    For Sale 16x20 Wall Tent/Frame/Fly

    Located in Lander WY. not able to ship due to size and weight. I have a 20x16 wall tent from the wall tent shop. Has the following: front and rear doors with bug screen Side Windows, Stove Jack, full frame kit (can also run lodge pole), Rain Fly with 10 foot front extension, home made rebar...
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    Interesting Task Force Article… Shaul attacked?

    So I just saw this article on the task force. I find it interesting that Shaul was so highlighted in this article and called out by a task force member. It seems that he has a right to opinion and a voice as does everyone. While I do not agree with his tactics, I also do not agree with a task...
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    Back pack to do it all for my son?

    So my son is age 11, still growing but very dedicated to the out doors. We want to do a week long back packing/fishing trip (not hunting). We also need to get him a good pack for quarters, etc. I have an eberle stock just one. It is adjustable and can adjust as he grows, but the bag is heavy...
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    Baggs Migration Group Update from June 17th

    So I spent the 17th listening via zoom to the Baggs migration group meeting. The meeting was pretty cool and very informative. I was not able to be present and comment. I had to log off before public comment could be made. However here is a summary of the meeting... There is some pretty amazing...
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    June 17th Baggs Mule Deer Group

    I have not been able to confirm if this is a public meeting where the public can provide input or just a committee meeting. I will try and find out if the meeting is public or not. This area has some unique pressures heading its way. Colorado tag management and allocation, combined with...
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    Wildlife Task Force Public Meeting- June 16 and 17

    Saw this come through the local media via Facebook. I wish I shared the optimism of the article, but sadly feel the deck is stacked against the DIY and resident hunters. I am tore as there is also a meeting in Baggs that same time frame on the Mule Issues. Baggs area mule deer are a top...
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    307Hunter and the fight for 90/10

    So I did some digging and research. I took the time to contact Rob Shaul of the group and really contemplate the issues and the process. Here is what I found. All donations through 307Hunter will only be used in WY to lobby for 90/10. It will not be shared with Mountain Pursuit, It will not be...
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    Fishing around Lovell

    So on June 4th-6th my son has a Baseball tourney in Lovell. Never been to that area of the state and looking forward to exploring. I was wondering is anyone wanted to share places to fish. I know Bighorn Lake is there... But my son is wanting to start fly fishing. He is only 11 and I am hoping...
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    Lander Meeting on Draft Wolf Plans and trapping regs tonight

    Here May 11th the Lander regional Office will be hosting a meeting that is in person and via zoom. here is al ink to the zoom meeting. Sadly I have a graduation tonight and can only join virtual. Here is the zoom link... Trapping regs are minimal changes with only a few issues. I suspect the...
  21. elks96

    Columbus Peak Land Swap?

    Anyone have intel on this? Someone mentioned we need to speak out against this swap. Claiming the land owned by the state is superior in terms of quality. Anyone have a sense on what this land swap would mean and how it might impact use...
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    Gnarly 2020 Busted Skull bull

    My 2020 Bull back from Taxi Lady. All cleaned up you can really see the busted up part. Amazing that he could break that and have it all healed up. pictures with my 202 General Mule Deer
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    One shot back on the books...

    Despite cutting public tag allocation for antelope this year the one shot was awarded their 80 tags off the top. Why do we allow residents odds to be miserable while pimping out our wildlife to win favor with the wealthy and elite? Many of whom vote and work against WY ideals!
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    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...
  29. elks96

    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?
  31. elks96

    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...
  32. elks96

    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
  33. elks96

    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...
  34. 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...
  35. elks96

    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...
  36. elks96

    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...
  38. elks96

    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?
  39. elks96

    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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