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ALERT: New bill will severely impact nonresident hunters in WY -
posted 1 month ago
There are many valid points of view here, but saying that WY should manage on a 90/10 split like some other states isn't really a good idea. It might be fine in some units, but in some units, if NR can only have 10%, harvest quotas won't be met and the place will be overrun. I'm looking at Antelope in the eastern part of the state. I doubt the Rs on their own can keep up with units that have 1,000 or more tags.
I read thru the bill, and it seems like they're trying to sell it as "budget neutral," and as far as WGFD is concerned, it might be. But what about those small towns with gas stations, hotels, game processors, restuaurants/bars, etc. Am I to believe that residents will spend the same money that NRs do when they come to hunt? Not possible. The economy will tank.
Could be Rob Shaul at Mt Tactical/Military Athlete.
From an article on a nonprofit he formed “We want to represent the subsistence-based resident hunter.”
For what’s its worth, I used to be a customer of his, and when I read that article several months back, I let him know of my displeasure and I’m no longer giving him any of my monies.
Wyoming Antelope Unit 22 -
posted 1 year ago
Nathan/Daniel, I hunted this in Oct '18. There are plenty of antelope. I hunted mainly the northern part of the unit, and access wasn't too bad. Schoonover Rd provides some decent access, but it's patchy, so you'll be driving from private to public and back and forth. The antelope have learned where they do/don't get shot at, and they'll frequently hang out on the private like they don't have a care in the world, but when on public they're very jumpy.
There are signs at some places on BLM and State land that says something like "not for public use. keep out." I called the local BLM office, and they said the oil/gas companies upt these up, but that any road that is on public land is open, regardless of signs or gates.
If I go back, I have a few good spots in mind, but I'm not sure if I will. I'd rather hunt somewhere that isn't such a patchwork of public and private. It's incredibly frustrating driving past a herd of animals that know they can't be touched.
Idaho Big Game Unit 76 -
posted 1 year ago
Daniel, I hunted the northern portion of the unit, and I didn't have access issues. There is a large amount of public land, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest system, as well as some BLM. The portions I hunted did not present access issues. There is definitely elk on the public - so they aren't just hanging out on private, at least in the areas I hunted.
Hey Bryan, as mentioned below, I hunted unit 76 in October. This was my first elk hunt, so some of these things might be basic, but I learned a good bit. I'm not sure whether I'll go back, so I won't be giving locations, but I'm happy to share.
The last week of Oct, the elk were higher than I expected. The highest terrain in the area was about 8,500 ft, and they were between about 7,000 and 8,000, I would estimate.
Get far back from the road. I camped in a road-side camp, and walked in several miles every day, probably 4-6 on average. You're on the right track to carry camp back in, and save yourself some miles.
There are both bears and cats in the area. I'm comfy with bears, but cats scare me. I wished I had done more research on being safe in cat country. I'll be studying up on that for next time. Maybe I'm a wimp.
Don't trust maps with regard to locations of trails and such. There were a few spots where beavers had played havoc, and there were ponds and dams where there should have been a trail.
Have fun. It's beautiful steep, rugged, densely wooded country. I'd absolutley go back to the area just to camp and hike. If you have more specific quesitons, post up, and I'll keep an eye out.
Kristen A. Schmitt