Where are you hunting Zim?
Where are you hunting Zim?
I have a unit 20 tag. I just arrived in Alpine. Given the temps I'm taking all day Sunday to orient myself with the area. Pick a place to camp, find someone with horses, sight in the rifle & also shoot my bow.
I'm not excited about weather forecast. May just blow off hunting this week and work in Jackson to save my vacation days until Thursday or Friday.
Well I'm a week into this hunt and rate it a solid D for dismal. The moose numbers in this place are terrible. I've scouted and hunted many of the canyons with the best habitat and they contain very little moose sign. Also spoken to many hunters. You are going to see the success stats from this unit take a hit the next time you see them.
Still trying my last couple researched spots but I already know there are others hunting them because I drove past for a look see.
If you are considering applying for this unit, don't even consider it unless you have horses.
I have a couple buddies hunting area 20 for moose. They are seeing around 10 to 15 moose a day. Saw a big 11x10 and are working their way towards him. The moose are in there its just finding the area holding them. They are on foot as well. The snake river canyon is also a good place for a bull moose. Dont know if you are in that area or not.
birdhunter, Well that is the first positive mention from anyone on it this year. At least good to know there are some left. The snow might shake things up a bit too. Plan is to cover as much ground as I can until I see something.
I am taking a couple days off to work in Jackson, then will resume hunting Saturday. Yes the Snake River Canyon area I scouted a bit, got some info on, but there were hunters at every trailhead when I drove past last week. There is one trailhead there I intend to hunt from if I am unsuccessful at my next destination. We'll see how it goes.
Due to Columbus Day holiday plus 4 days I was able to work remotely, I got my vacation extended another week to October 16, so I have another full week to hunt.
Last edited by Zim; 10-06-2011 at 02:08 PM.
Hunt Report 10/11/11
This is officially the worst hunt of any kind I have ever been on in my life. If you have Wyoming moose points, I would strongly suggest you research the hell out of your selected unit more than typical, and scout it thoroughly more than typical, before applying.
I have worked my tail off for over a week, putting in 10-16 miles per day in mostly remote, difficult to access areas. I have spoken to many elk hunters asking if they'd seen moose. I've done everything. Yesterday I climbed to the highest peak at shooting light, where I could glass 5 miles in every direction. Saw a grand total of 2 cow moose & zero elk. I have spoken with several others with moose tags. They concur. Am aware of 3 hunters who got lucky and tagged small bulls, but for WYG&Y to claim a 100% hunter success rate in this unit is a sham.
Yesterday at dusk I heard a first in my 20 years of hunting.........wolves howling. At least 3 of them, one within ~300 yards. Just prior to that I'd head a bull moose grunting in the timber ~70 yards away. After the first wolf howl the bull completely clammed up.
Thanks god I read in the Jackson newspaper USF&W and the state came to an agreement on wolf management. Too little, too late for my hunt, but should help other sportsmen.
I have 4 days left on my hunt, but realistically give myself a slim to none chance, and slim just left town. Beware others with WY moose points.
Last edited by Zim; 10-11-2011 at 10:27 AM.
Don't take this the wrong way, but maybe you should've held out for a better area?
The unit was a mid-tier rated unit, and has produced in the past. The next tier up would have been to wait for unit 1. At 2 points down, it would have been 5-10 years to cycle through those ahead of me. I'd have been 60 years old by then. The only thing that would have sped up the wait was the wolf management, but how long for that to impact? Many years.
I got many good reviews of this unit leading up to my choice. However, I think I just picked the year it was teetering on disaster and it tipped over in 2011. Just my thought.