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Its That time again next month:

Ok Guys- Its time again to apply for Elk and Antelope. So for elk, do you hunt an area that you know well but the elk get to hiding on first day, or do you put in for an area you have tagged in but dont know it as well but is loaded with elk ? Or put in because of number of permits or draw percentage or success rate? Alot to think about. Now speed Goat, last year a buddy put in for a hard to draw unit, took 16 points to get drawn, Im not waiting that long, so I guess Im only going to put in for 2 choices and pray I get lucky, who knows maybe I will. Last time I got drawn it was a choice area and it took 12 points to be drawn, again to long to wait. So what does everyone else think, Late hunts are easier to draw but I hate the cold and weather, so Im doing early hunts.
 

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We employ a couple different strategies that have allowed my son and I to draw 15 tags between us in the last 9 years, with both limited-ops and general hunts and approximately 75% success rate.

Are the 2023 regs posted? I didn't see anything on their web site.
Not yet.
 
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I've gotten to know more units and there potential, so I am definitely going to throw a wider loop this go around.
I will stick to the same old spot until it lets me down. You know the area. Maybe we might end up with the same draw some year. I鈥檝e got enough Cows in the past, so it would be nice to get a respectable Bull someday 馃榾
 

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CMoor, Good strategy, but tell that to the thousands that think the same way for 1 of say 350, bad odds. Sometimes the best odds are for small tag numbers, colder, later draws.
You have to check the numbers on say last 5 years to see if it's a Good choice. There are numerous hunts that are close to 90-100% draw still.
And these are not bad units. Is there a bad unit, maybe a metro unit wouldn't be Ideal.
 

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Good thread, Im really debating what to do this year. For elk, the last 5 years Ive done limited opp and have seen elk each year until this year. This year I didnt see any elk, and saw very little fresh sign. I ran into a guide in the area and he said this year was bad, the elk were scattered and hard to find. Too much feed and water this year. So I'm debating if I want to put in for it again. Im thinking about getting a sxs to get me deeper into some areas I want to explore. Otherwise, I figure I'll throw a hail mary for a good unit, knowing that I'll get a bonus point. I might just focus on the kids youth hunt, hoping they get drawn.
For antelope, I'll put in for a unit where I've seen antelope in 4 or 5 different areas. I only have 3 or 4 points, so I figure I'll just get another point this year.
 

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For 20 years I鈥檝e hunted elk in the same unit but looks like I鈥檓 ganna try a new unit this year. Mostly has to do with no longer having a camper and having access to a cabin in a different unit. That鈥檚 the plan unless something changes from now till Feb 1st.
 
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