View Full Version : father and son Elk hunt in Wyoning Units last minute help?

01-25-2012, 01:00 AM
Hello all, i am down to the wire here and just cant decide on what to do being a non resident sure does make it tough. I am trying to line up my first time Elk hunt for myself with my Dad. He lets me do all the research because well he doesnt like computers to tell you the truth and its gotten too complicated in his mind and like me enjoy the DIY type hunt...I on the other hand dont mind doing the research including countless hours of research, looking over maps, and talking with biologists. Its like putting in for a lottery that you might actualy win!!

Anyways here is my problem, I have hunted Wyoming a few times for antelope, and have hunted mule deer, bear, wild pigs etc... but never Elk, besides helping buddies haul theirs out. Anyways I have 3 points for Wyoming and was looking at unit 48 for elk and region M for deer on the same trip. I talked to the biologist who said it was tough access and a ton of private property and the deer numbers dont look good. So the question is should I hold out for next year, or our there any other units you guys reccomend for a chance at a nice bull(happy with a 5 point bull for sure), without or limited wilderness areas, that is accesible?

I have looked over the MRS and just cant seem to find a good fit for my dad and I. He is limited on how far he can get back in so I was hoping to find something in some lower country like the bighorns. Ok sorry for the long post any help guys would be much appreciated...

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01-25-2012, 09:47 AM
There r some good bulls in 48. I live an hour from 48 and never hunt there because of the private-public dilemma. It really is complicated up there. I'm sure you could have a good hunt but the access really is an issue. I am sending you a pm with what I feel might be better options with three points

01-25-2012, 03:18 PM
I see you have 3 points, how many does your dad have. If you put in as a group wyoming will average the points so if you dad has zero; you guys will only go into the draw with 1.5 and the difference between 1.5 and 3 is huge for most of the bighorn units.

01-25-2012, 03:30 PM
I don't know if wyoning has elk do they? Just kidding!!!!! Good luck on info, I gots nuthin for ya, welcome to the forum.

01-26-2012, 01:46 AM
Hey guys thanks for the responses...I agree after talking with bioligists in the area that I dont want to take a chance with access and have a bust. we decided to try for a limited entry deer hunt this year and try next year for elk with more time to research. My Dad has taken some nice big 360 class bulls in his life in Utah but I havent ever got a Elk, I have 3 points for myself and 4 next year so any ideas on where we could hunt next year that we dont have to climb to high in elevation would be great. My pops is in his 60s and still can hike but I dont want to do a backcountry hunt. I dont know where to go that would be a lowland hunt but would appreciate any advice. We dont do the guided hunts just DIY so ideas on that would be great. I seriously cant believe it took me this long to find this site and magazine...Thanks guys in advance for any ideas for 2013.....

01-26-2012, 02:10 AM
Hey Buckbull, i have 3 points and my dad doesnt have any points. He has shot some great bulls in Utah and wants to help me get a bull elk. Its weird but we have hunted mule deer all my life since I was a kid with bow, muzzleloader and rifle now. We have hunted bear, wild pigs, and antelope. He got into the Africa hunts and got hooked so now we want to do a good Elk hunt and were not looking for a tropht hunt but just a good Bull. My dad and myself are all about DIY hunting because it is so rewarding. Anyways good luck to you in the draw!!

01-26-2012, 02:10 AM
I think there is 1 bull left for me in Wyoming!!

01-31-2012, 08:15 PM
I wouldn't refer to the Bighorns as lower country, but you may enjoy a hunt in Area 40.

02-04-2012, 10:30 PM
Uhh, yeah. The Big Horns aren't exactly lower country. There is some very demanding terrain here. Best of luck on the hunt.