GET YOUR WYOMING PREFERENCE POINTS ON LINE BEFORE OCTOBER 31.
If you have any interest in the following hunts get your preference points NOW BEFORE THE OCTOBER 31 DEADLINE. You will need to accumulate points if you ever want the opportunity to hunt Wyoming.
Hunters can purchase preference points from July 1 to October 31 so they will be available for future drawings. Go to the web and look up https://wgfd.wyo.gov and follow the simple instructions to purchase preference points currently priced about $30 for pronghorn and $50 for elk.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING WYOMING ELK OR PRONGHORN HUNTS FOR A FUTURE HUNT IN UPCOMING YEARS YOU NEED TO GET PREFERENCE POINTS BEFORE OCTOBER 31! Even if you plan on going in the next 5 years get your points started now.
Here are a few examples of the pronghorn and elk Wyoming hunts where you need points to draw your tag.
WYOMING PRONGHORN $2000
3 DAYS GUIDED 1X1
20,000 ACRE PRIVATE RANCH
Here is your bargain priced pronghorn hunt with exceptional trophy quality for only $2,000. This outfitter has plenty of good pronghorn country in southeastern Wyoming Unit 45 and takes a very limited amount of hunters.
2018 produced 6 bucks for all 6 hunters grossing in the 70’s.
In 2017 he had 2 archery hunters take one nice buck by spot and stalk. All 6 rifle hunters scored on bucks gross scoring in the 70’s.
In 2016 he had 8 pronghorn rifle hunters tag 8 bucks gross scoring in the low to mid 70’s plus an 80 incher.
3 day hunt is only $2000 guided 1×1 with nice cabin accommodations on his family owned ranch with home cooked meals. Archery season is in August and rifle season runs from September 15 to October 31.
Currently you can draw the regular tag with two preference points or the special with one point. We strongly recommend hunters to obtain preference points to use down the road. Points can also be shared with fellow hunters.
Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive or fly into Laramie or Cheyenne and pick up is free. Hunt PG558.
#1 WYOMING ARCHERY PRONGHORN
2018-8 ARCHERS TAG 7 GOATS
BOW 5 DAYS ONLY $2000
RIFLE 3 DAYS $2000
This outfitter has private land in Units 103 and 38, where hunters can purchase an over the counter pronghorn archery tag. He also runs a very limited amount of rifle hunters, which we expect hunters to draw a tag if they put in for the special draw without any points or they will need at least one point for the general draw.
In 2018 he hosted 8 archery hunters in Unit 103, where they killed 7 bucks averaging 65 to 70 inches and one monster about 78, the unsuccessful hunter missed two. On this hunt they mainly setup on trails between fields and at field corners. Rifle hunts have continued to be 100 percent success.
He recently picked up some exceptional private land in Unit 38 with high antelope numbers and some exceptional quality. The main archery hunting method would be over waterholes. He would like to take 4 archers and 4 rifle hunters in 2019 on this property.
Archery hunts are 5 days starting August 15 and running to the end of September. Rifle hunts are 3 days in early October; both hunts are guided 2×1. This is a no frills hunt with basic cabin accommodations and meals.
Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 hour drive. Hunt PG264.
WYOMING TROPHY UNITS
REQUIRES 6 POINTS AND UP
5 DAYS $3000 1X1
AVERAGE 80 INCH PRONGHORNS
This outfitter hunts many of the best trophy units in south central Wyoming. Success has been 100 percent and depending on the unit most pronghorn taken score in the high 70’s and low 80’s. This is a small personal outfitter that typically guides most of the hunters and has been in these units for several years.
3 hunting days guided 1×1 is $2,500 or 5 days is $3,000 and most hunters book the 5 days. All the hunters stay at a Hampton Inn for only $80 a night in Rock Springs at their own expense. Hunters do their own breakfast meal and the outfitter includes a packed lunch and supper in his home. Season runs September 20 to October 31 and earlier is usually best. Draw deadline is May 30 and you normally have results by mid June. Hunters fly into SLC and rent a car or Rock Springs where the outfitter will pick them up.
This outfitter also does some trophy elk hunts in these trophy units and they do require max points and still the odds are not all that great. Elk archery or rifle is 5 days at $5,000. Hunt PG371.
SE WYOMING ELK HUNT $6500
HIGH SUCCESS GENERAL DRAW TAG
5000 PRIVATE ACRES
This outfitter runs trophy elk hunts in the coveted Unit 7 located in southeastern Wyoming where it takes approximately 9 preference points with typically 100 percent success on bulls averaging close to 330 inches. He just picked up a 5,000 acre ranch in Unit 5 where you should be able to draw a general tag. This ranch borders Unit 7 to the west and we expect the hunting to be good on nice bulls in the 280 to 310 inch class, with the possibility for a really big bull.
Unit 5 elk tags have been drawn with zero points in the special draw and had only required one point to draw the general tag. 5 day hunt is $6,500 guided 2×1 including lodging and meals. He plans on taking a total of 6 hunters over the course of two rifle hunts in early October and may take one or two archery hunters in September. We have high expectations on this hunt and believe this could be one of the better bargains. Hunters fly into Denver and rent a vehicle for the 3 hour drive. Hunt EK5264.
SOUTHEASTERN WYOMING ELK
20,000 ACRE PRIVATE RANCH
ARCHERY OR RIFLE $7000
2017-2 FOR 2, 313 AND 311
This outfitter hunts his family owned ranch bordering the Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Laramie. Small personal operation and he only takes a very limited amount of hunters.
In 2017 he had 2 rifle hunters and they killed a 313 bull and a 311 that had about 10 inches broke off.
In 2016 his rifle hunters did not draw their elk tags as they didn’t have a preference point. No gun hunters in 2016.
In 2015 he had 3 rifle hunters and they killed 3 bulls, a monster 350, a 317 and a broken 6×6 the last day.
This outfitter takes up to 4 rifle hunters per year and 1 or 2 archery hunters, mostly spot and stalk. All hunts are priced at $7,000 and guided 1×1. Archery hunts are 6 days in the month of September and 5 day rifle hunts run from October 15 to 30.
Currently hunters need to have two preference points and put in for the special draw or three points will get the regular draw. Keep acquiring points as it just makes it more likely to get your tag at a reduced price.
Accommodations are a new cabin on the property with home cooked meals and hunters should be in good physical condition. Draw deadline is January 31. Hunters usually fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 1/2 hour drive or fly into Laramie or Cheyenne and get picked up at no cost. 2019 and 2020 are full, so book now for 2021. Hunt EK558.
WYOMING TROPHY ELK UNIT
REQUIRES 10 PREFERENCE POINTS
3 TOP UNIT 7 OUTFITTERS
HCU works with 3 high success trophy oriented elk outfitters in Unit 7 near the Laramie Range in southeastern Wyoming. It normally takes at least 9 or 10 points to draw this unit. The high dollar special draw can increase your odds. JANUARY 31 DRAW DEADLINE and these hunts need booked in advance.
This small family operation has 32,000 private acres with rough deep canyons and draws. This can be a physical hunt, but hunters are rewarded with some awesome bulls. They do 6 to 10 Unit 7 rifle hunters per year depending on the draw and have been running pretty much 100 percent success past several years. Best bulls taken have gross scored from 340 to 368, with the average in the 320 to 330 range.
Rustic cabin accommodations with electric are priced at $7,000 for 5 hunting days guided 1×1 from October 15 to November 20. They do a couple archery elk hunters in September priced at $7,000. Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 hour drive to camp. Hunt EK264.
Here is another small personal outfit that has been in this area for many years and has access to some of the best ranches, including 60,000 private acres northwest of Wheatland. They own one of the ranches and the terrain is rolling hills mixed with sage and wooded canyons, low country easy to hike and glass, very accessible. They also have access to public mountainous areas where it is more traditional elk hunting. The accommodations are a nice cabin next to their home.
They usually take 3 to 5 bowhunters each year and they normally kill 3 or 4 bulls in the 300 class or better. Rifle hunters typically take bulls from 290 up to 340 inches.
All hunts, archery and rifle, are 7 days priced at $6,900. Archery starts September 8 and rifle is October 15 to November 20. Hunters fly into Denver and rent a car for the 3 hour drive or fly into Cheyenne where pick up can be arranged. HCU’s Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have hunted with this outfitter. Hunt EK703.
Here is an outfitter that runs a super hunt on a 160,000 private acre ranch located just south of Douglas. Bulls normally are taken in the 300 to 340 range and top bulls will go in the 360 class.
The ranch offers 2 types of hunts and they are priced accordingly. All hunts are 5 days and success is similar as with quality, just the accommodations vary. Prices are the same for either archery or rifle hunts. Their less expensive hunt is their tent camp, 5 days 1×1 is $7,000 or the lodge hunt is $9,500 at 1×1 that includes a beautiful new unbelievable lodge.
All of September is archery season, rifle hunts are October 15 to November 20. Elevation is about 6,500 feet and hunt up to about 8,500. The main method of hunting is by truck to access areas and glass. Horses are available and may be used out of the tent camp, where there is more hiking. Hunt EK828.
2019 hunts are getting booked early, especially the elk and pronghorn hunts, so call ASAP if you are serious for next fall and you should be looking now for 2020.
Here are a few of our hunters just returning from some early season hunts.
HUNT ML675 in western Colorado has a few scattered spots from early December to February of next winter. Success on big cats has been unmatched with 10 hunters killing 10 cats so far, 9 toms and one female, he still has 3 hunters to go in April. Price is $6,000
5 days 1×1 with cabin accommodations and meals.
DISCOUNTED TEXAS FREE RANGE WHITETAILS IN THE HILL COUNTRY
This longtime outfitter has a few openings available for this December now priced at only $3,200 for a 4 day hunt and the dates could work for students over Christmas break. He has a couple private ranches with over 30,000 acres and success typically runs near 100 percent on bucks averaging about the 130 class and they normally take a few top end bucks breaking the 150 inch mark. High deer numbers, nice comfortable ranch house accommodations, good weather and fun guides make up a recipe for an affordable and enjoyable hunt. Airport pickup in San Angelo is also included. Hunt WD233.
MUSKOX HUNT WAS A BIG SUCCESS AND CHEAP
HCU’s Bob Wodzisz took a hunter with him checking out a new Greenland muskox/caribou operation in early March. Spring hunts are just for muskox as the better caribou bulls have lost their antlers by this time. The fall hunt can include caribou along with muskox.
Bob and Dennis flew out of Chicago to Copenhagen, Denmark on an 8 hour flight. Spent the night close to the Copenhagen airport at a nice hotel priced at $290 for double occupancy with a great breakfast. They also have a nice restaurant and lounge. Next day took a 4 hour flight to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland where they were met by the outfitter and dropped off travel clothes and gear not needed for their hunt. Went by pickup for about 40 minutes driving up a frozen fjord. Went another 45 minutes by track ATV and snowmobile on the frozen river to their camp. Normally they are able to drive trucks to the camp, but this spring it was unusually colder and they had to reach camp by other means. Camp was a small heated cabin with outhouse facilities, no shower, but not necessary as the spring hunt is only 3 days. Bob had enough time to get out and harvest an arctic hare before supper consisting of muskox meat.
First morning out they took ATV’s up the frozen river system glassing for muskox. By 10 am they had seen 3 groups of muskox totaling about 30 animals and Bob’s hunter, Dennis, killed a nice mature bull they estimated at 10 years of age. Back to camp by 1 pm where they had a nice lunch. Bob and his guide went back out in the afternoon where they looked over 5 more groups of muskox totaling about 50 animals and decided to pass and spend a little more time hunting the next day.
Second morning after a big breakfast they headed down another river system and up into the mountains. Passed on a group of 5 bulls and rode into a big wide valley where they glassed 5 more groups consisting of about 40 muskox in all. The guide picked out an old mature bull and Bob filled his tag. After pictures, skinning and quartering they headed back to camp while chasing a few ptarmigan on the way. After a big supper they had an enjoyable night watching a spectacular display of the Northern Lights.
Third day since their tags were filled they decided to pack up and head back to town. They were dropped off at a hotel by the Kangerlussuaq airport, where a room was priced at $275 for double occupancy. The hotel had a small restaurant/lounge and a couple close local souvenir shops to purchase a few trinkets. They checked in grabbed a shower and supper, while the guide brought back their travel clothes and stored luggage.
Fourth day they flew out of Greenland about noon, landed in Copenhagen, Denmark that evening and spent the night. Next day they left Copenhagen about noon, flew to New Jersey then the last flight to home arriving around 6 that evening.
Current price in this spring muskox hunt is $5,200.
Bob is looking to put together a small group for the fall muskox hunt that can INCLUDE A CARIBOU for late September or early October of 2018. We are anticipating a 5 or 6 day hunt will be priced at $6,100 for muskox or caribou only or a combination would be $8,900. This would most likely be the pricing if we can get September dates that will not require a helicopter transfer.
If you are interested in possibly going along on this 2018 fall hunt call Bob Wodzisz at 330-730-3473 or if you just want to discuss a future Greenland hunt. Hunt MU299.
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