I never told him to go out "cold turkey". Making phone calls and getting permission before coming out is obviously a great idea. When did I say otherwise? All I said was he won't need to pay a trespass fee.
This was my second year applying in 114. I picked that unit this year again because I didn't want to get drawn. I have the BC hunt and I am getting married in December so I have more than enough to keep me busy. Dont get me wrong, I am excited and happy that I got drawn, kinda wish it was not this year because that would allow me to make a few scouting trips and not have to post here in order to get more info on the unit. This will be my first antelope hunt and first hunt in Wyoming. I have been through the state several times from north to south and east to west on trips to other states to upland hunt, but first big game hunt. I had 3 PP going into the draw. At this point, I dont mind paying a small fee if I have to, it will probably come down to that given the situation I find myself in.
I can't thank everyone enough for the info, I was willing to go an attempt a public land hunt in the unit prior to the post, nowI am leaning towards tresspass fee.
You couldn't have picked a much better unit if you didn't want to get drawn. You just turned out to be unlucky because you obviously drew the one tag offered in the random draw that everyone is in after the other few tags were distributed and you were the one out of 77 first choice applicants to draw that tag! I hope you're able to make the most of it and good luck on your other hunt too!
I was very lucky in WY last year!! Not only in finding a place to hunt for this year in a unit that has leftover tags every year but also in pulling a tag out of nowhere in the random draw like doc did although the odds for it were slightly better then 114 I still wasnt expecting it at all. I wasnt even looking for a place to hunt. There was a herd of antelope and I was pretty sure some were on public land and some were on private and I just wanted to verify the boundary line was where I thought it was before I shot 1 because I didnt want to trespass. Maybe every other ranch around there would of showed me the gate. I dont know? All Im saying is stop in and talk to people and you never know what can come of it. I think it helps me too driving an old 96 ford because it kinds fits in out there pretty well. Think pulling a 76 B&C antelope out for everyone to admire helped too! Good luck
Go ahead and shoot one then next year start applying for area 67 way better animals and way more. Hunted there many times, trust me its great. 95% public with lots of booners