Gg1984ParticipantOctober 9, 2018 at 10:04 pmPost count: 3
Has anyone here ever done a DIY WY elk hunt? I’ve bowhunted 3 times in Colorado and had close calls, but I think I’m ready to pick up a rifle. Bought a point in WY and see that I could draw a general rifle season tag next year. Looking for some thoughts on various units that are better than others. Gohunt kind of puts all the application data for general units together, so my original idea of finding a unit locals have been hunting is out the window.SADIEHAWKINSParticipantOctober 10, 2018 at 11:04 amPost count: 197
Thought Wyoming if non-resident you had to have a outfitterGg1984ParticipantOctober 10, 2018 at 11:05 amPost count: 3
Only for designated USFS Wilderness.WhipParticipantOctober 10, 2018 at 7:44 pmPost count: 2299
Guide is needed in the wilderness areas which limits some opportunities in general areas. I’m a resident and the wilderness is normally pretty good hunting with little competition compared to other public land but access requires horses normally. If it was me I would put in for a limited draw tag in a good area. It can take a few years or you can get lucky.
WhipGg1984ParticipantOctober 10, 2018 at 8:12 pmPost count: 3
Thanks Whip. I know it’s probably smarter in the long run to get points and hunt a better unit, but we’re pretty well set on hunting 2019. Is it smart to hunt general units with grizzlies? Wondering if that cuts down the non resident pressure at all. And as much as I’d love to hunt one of the wilderness areas, I’m just not the type to hire a guide. I’ll just have to hike and fish the wilderness areas sometime.WhipParticipantOctober 10, 2018 at 9:55 pmPost count: 2299
I have not personally hunted these areas but I have spoken with guys who hunt near Dubois and have taken some good bulls. Not sure which areas but a few are not in the wilderness. Griz are an issue but it also cuts down on other hunters. Do your homework check area success rates on game and fish website. Call area warden and biologist after this year’s season.
WhipWhipParticipantOctober 11, 2018 at 4:30 pmPost count: 2299
Here are some links to the harvest reports by area, game warden and biologist phone numbers. You need to sit down with the hunt area map marking general hunt areas and check for how much is in the wilderness and how much you would have access to. Also check the percentage of public land in an area. Once you identify the areas with good access then check the harvest report for those areas. Next call the local warden or biologist for those areas and get their take on the possibilities. You will be able to narrow it down. Just know that general areas are tougher to hunt. You have to apply in Jan so get to researching soon. Most wardens and biologists will be swamped for the next 2 months so you have a short window in Dec to make contact. Good Luck!
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