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Wyoming Antelope Unit 26 -
posted 2 years ago
@Dameon B - I wondered the same thing when looking into the unit, but we focused our attention on the Thunder Basin National Grasslands area. There are private parcels in there as well, but plenty of adjoining parcels that connect and give you plenty of room for glassing and walking. I mentioned in my prior comment, but we did run into some access issues around a RR crossing which was marked as private. There are also quite a bit of state lands that are open to hunting. Some of these state lands also border the National Grassland so access is open there.
This was my first time hunting in WY, but from what I've looked at on other ownership maps (onX maps, etc.) the majority of the units that I've seen are mostly private or patchwork/checkerboard private/public parcels. In this area, the National Grassland does get in areas where the checkerboard isn't that much of an issue. My opinion of the access was also "good" given that I was hunting in WY, and I was able to get to the areas that I intended in my planning. I can only assume that goHunt's opinion is also influenced by the road access to some of these public areas as well.
I harvested a doe over the past weekend up in Unit 26. The description of this unit is accurate and the draw odds report really helped us secure a tag. Thanks @goHUNT!!
Things to note for future hunters in the unit:
1. lots of access on the grasslands and state lands
2. LOTS of cactus (at least where we were in the grasslands). My boots are going to need some work. I would also recommend some knee pads for putting on some stalks, etc.
3. There is a railroad that crosses through a portion of the National Grasslands and they railroad crosses are actually private. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to get permission from the RR, but I'm assuming it would be quite hard. That threw us off on getting to our Plan A, but we were able to walk in. It was 3 miles down a FS road so it ate up some time.
Overall, this was a good unit and we did see several quality bucks on public lands.
5 people just won a full set of First Lite clothing -
posted 2 years ago
@Russell F. - I nearly freaked out when I saw your name (thinking it was mine). I'm glad another Russell got in the winner's column! Congrats and best of luck on the upcoming elk hunt!
Single pin bow sights: Are they really better? -
posted 3 years ago
Great timing for this article! I'm in the market for a new site this year so I will keep this comparison handy. I guess my only drawback would be making the switch from something that I've become accustomed to over the years of hunting.