Wyoming Elk Unit 33 - cow tag help!

hunt1up

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So our group applied for our expected hunt, unit 12 cow. Last year it was near 100% draw. Well this year that same unit was rated as a green chip deer unit by Eastmans. Apparently the deer hunters wanted cow tags too, because the applicants tripled and we didn't draw.

Anyway, we put unit 33-6 as our second choice and we drew. Last year it had a 10/9 opener, so if we drew we figured we'd just bump our trip back a week. Well it looks like this year they moved the opener to 11/1.

Because of this move in season, we aren't too keen on hunting that late in the season. For one, it's whitetail rut here in IL. Secondly, I know how unpredictable the weather can be in WY during October, let alone November. We would possibly have to use the tag in late November or December.

So should I figure on crap weather? Also, given the layout of the land, it seems the elk would likely be on private after some bull season hunting and some snow on the higher elevations.

We're tempted to eat the tag and go dump some antelope and/or deer points.
 

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There are some spots of public you might be able to try some late season, but you are right that a lot of the elk will be lower down on private. That being said you might have some luck getting on private that time of year to kill a cow.

If you decide to go for it, shoot me a PM and I will show you where I would look.
 

ShootsManyBullets

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Landowners tend to be much more agreeable to letting guys on their property to kill a cow vs a buck or bull in my experience. Especially elk since they do more damage.
 

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The weather can be the whole factor in your success. The areas that I hunted last year is usually full of elk late in the season. The weather warmed up and they stayed high, so the public land was still full of elk, but they were tough to get to.

Wyoming can't seem to make up their minds on some seasons, so unless you have the fortune of being flexible, it can be pretty frustrating. Fortunately, I am retired and have family in Wyoming to stay with, so the entire season is possible for me.

Good luck with your decision.
 

hunt1up

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The weather can be the whole factor in your success. The areas that I hunted last year is usually full of elk late in the season. The weather warmed up and they stayed high, so the public land was still full of elk, but they were tough to get to.

Wyoming can't seem to make up their minds on some seasons, so unless you have the fortune of being flexible, it can be pretty frustrating. Fortunately, I am retired and have family in Wyoming to stay with, so the entire season is possible for me.

Good luck with your decision.

I could be somewhat flexible with our departure date, but the length of hunt isn't as long as I'd like this year. Maybe 6-7 days hunting. In the unit that we already knew, that would have been enough. But 4 guys in a new unit would be tough.

We're leaning toward eating the tags and burning antelope points.
 

Arcsixer

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So if you don't mind me asking did you go thru with the elk hunt? If so how did it go? I've drawn this tag this year and I'm trying to do all the key board scouting I can. So if you have any info you are willing to share I would appreciate it.
 

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So if you don't mind me asking did you go thru with the elk hunt? If so how did it go? I've drawn this tag this year and I'm trying to do all the key board scouting I can. So if you have any info you are willing to share I would appreciate it.

Welcome to HT! Sending him a PM will probably get you a response. His last log in was a couple weeks ago. He likely won’t see your post as you didn’t tag him in it.
 

Arcsixer

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Welcome to HT! Sending him a PM will probably get you a response. His last log in was a couple weeks ago. He likely won’t see your post as you didn’t tag him in it.
Thanks for the help! I'm still new to this.
 
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