Hunting antelope in 73 this year. First time hunting this area. Heard from some that numbers are looking bad there and others say I'll be ok. What do y'all think? Any feedback welcome.
Antelope are all throughout most of the area. The NW corner is higher up in elevation and contains less antelope. Don’t overlook the Walk in areas and Hunter management areas as there many great ones to hunt. Be sure and have OnX maps or something similar. You will have a fun hunt and good idea missing the Opening crowds.Thanks for your feedback, folks. Current plan is to make it a September 21-25 hunt. Miss the opener but get out of dodge before the weather gets too squirrely maybe. I think most of the BLM is in the northern part of the area; is that where you'd concentrate your efforts?
I'll second Pat's MeatsWe stayed right in Casper. One year at the super eight and the next year at the new best western. Your location is not perfect but it is not a deal breaker either. Pat's meats in Mills does a good job of processing if you want to bring home packaged meat
Yeah, I've heard the bad news about the herd in that area recently. The good news, I guess, is that the quota is 25% lower this year, so maybe fewer hunters will help our chances. Also, my understanding was that the adults in the population are doing ok, but last year's fawn crop suffered due to drought, resulting in the quota reduction. Regardless, we're going, so we'll see what happens. Any lodging intel for north of Casper appreciated.Unfortunately, they have been hammering that unit with increased tags for the past several years. Add in the winter kill and the population is much lower than five years ago. With that said, I’m sure you will see enough to kill one.
Been there/done that. Pretty entertaining to say the least.You can’t visit Casper without seeing the famed Northern Dreams Dance Club. Your quest to find the heart and soul of Middle America will be complete, the place is pure Americana. This place is so bad it is awesome - went there with a few other hunters and laughed so hard I was afraid they were gonna throw us out. It is in the middle of nowhere and even had its own exit- there is nothing else around this place - literally nothing. No other structures its like out of a movie - a weird B scale movie! The 3 dancers were nice - one was a bartender who doubled as a dancer and keeps her tennis shoes on. It’s about 10 miles North off Ormsby rd. Exit on West side of I-25. It will liven up those days when too windy to hunt.
Jealous!! That unit has got a lot of antelope in it. Hunted deer in the unit last year, couldn’t throw a rock in the air without hitting an antelope. Be patient and look over lots of bucks before pulling the trigger. You could literally kill a buck in the first 2 minutes of your hunt.Two weeks out from my trip to 73 for lopes. What's the smoke like out there? I know it's been dry. Any thoughts on this area that haven't been shared yet? I'm starting to get exited although keeping expectations modest.
What was the deer report?Jealous!! That unit has got a lot of antelope in it. Hunted deer in the unit last year, couldn’t throw a rock in the air without hitting an antelope. Be patient and look over lots of bucks before pulling the trigger. You could literally kill a buck in the first 2 minutes of your hunt.
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