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South Upton questions

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PRIVATE RESPONSES PLEASE.

I have done my research and I plan on shooting for the stars this year. Low possibility of drawing this other premier unit, but you never know.

South Upton will be my second choice and is (almost) guaranteed for hunting for both my wife and I. I have hunted elk in Colorado with heavy hunting pressure, and we are fit enough for a prolonged sit or stalk. We are planning for the full hunting period in case of inclimate weather or low antelope numbers. our plan is to camp on BLM with hotels/motels every three days or so for a hot shower and a nice bed to sleep.

I have E-scouted the unit over and over again, noting lots of the watering holes, two tracks, and what appears to be hunting blinds in the unit. This unit appears like rough country, slow driving, and I have a good 4x4 for actually getting offroad for scouting. We do not mind hiking long and hard into the middle of the areas to get away from other hunters. I know that antelope hunting is a vehicular spot and stalk game with some last minute on-foot stalking across the sage/brush to close the distance for a shot.

Are the roads within the southwestern part "grasslands" accessible by vehicle or is it walk in only? Are the walk in area even worth attempting after opening day? Does anyone have a ranch/connection to some private in this unit generally (alternate hunting locations)?

I noted a lot of walk in areas are the eastern side, but I generally assume this will be heavily hunted by most people with a tag in this unit. I am looking for private messages of anyone who may have hunted this unit before so I can bounce my notes off them if I am looking in the right areas historically for our hunt.

PRIVATE RESPONSES PLEASE.
 
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NEWHunter

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Guaranteed identifying the unit this clearly will take your second choice odds down.
 
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NoWiser

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If you really want to go, I’d reconsider applying for it as a 2nd choice. If you do draw it and do your homework you certainly won’t need all season. More likely a few hours on opening morning.
 

Muskeez

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Edited, OP surely read it by now, no sense leaving it there for all the internet surfers to look thru. Best wishes.
 
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