Wyoming 12 ptsContributors to this thread:
Mad Trapper 15-Dec-18
Charlie Rehor 15-Dec-18
Nick Muche 17-Dec-18
Z Barebow 12-Jan-19
Blue Buck 17-Aug-19
I have 12 points in Wyoming and am looking to use them. My question is I have only been on two guided hunts before and am a little nervous to do a dyi hunt for the first time and burn the 12 points. ( even though it is a dream to do so) what would you do dyi or guided and if so where or with whom would you take a chance on a first time dyi? Advice would be greatly appreciated and for the two I have already spoke to thanks again for the Information!!
I think max points for elk is 11 in WY, in any event if at max points you can draw one of the handful of the best WY units with low pressure and good trophy potential. Seems like a great situation to be in for a DYI hunt. Keep in mind that some of those units are in in grizzly county. If you did go with an outfitter look at private access in unit 7 or its western neighbors.
Say you do your due diligence and do not score. Well you learned a lot. You saved a lot of money. If you can bring some one handy with you that would be huge. Not sure that is an option. 12 points in WY tells me I am tagging a 340 bull but I have hunted elk 25+ times with a bow. You have enough time to become an excellent caller, (will take effort), get in shape, become a good shot, gather equipment, locate potential areas and get it done. You need to hunt 2 weeks to learn you area, get in even better shape and locate some hot spots. The high point units are all good. Shoot one, miss one and you will elk hunt do it yourself forever. I know where i would be 1 hour before sun up Sept 6. Good luck.
5575 on here has contact info for a good ranch hunt in the Bighorns. You have more than enough points for that hunt. Or, If you can swing 2 weeks to the hunt a diy would be a good choice.
Max is 13 points going into the 2019 draw.
Who did 5575 hunt with on his Wyoming hunt a couple years back?
bowhntn I sent you the info, I'll send you it as well trkyslr. His bowhunters are 100% success on 300" plus bulls last 8-10 years. You could probably shoot a 300-320 bull every morning and evening really. If you can hold out and not shoot 300-320 bulls "hard to do!" and shoot good to 40 yds you'd have very high odds of taking a 330-380 bull. Giant ranch and you will be the only bowhunter on it all week, he only takes 4-5 bowhunters a year. Friend of mine took a 370+ bull there last year. Here is some video footage he took this fall of his hunt. Takes 10 or 11 points to draw I believe. I can't wait to go back again some day that's for sure. https://youtu.be/cIhdAOtAvG4
5575 can you send me the info as well? My dad and I both have max points and are going this next year and trying to decide where and diy or guided.
From: Mad Trapper
5575 I would be interested in getting that information. Thanks!
I'd be interested as well!
I'd be interested as well!
From: Charlie Rehor
I asked Triple 3 Outfitters about their ranch hunt and they are currently booked thru 2026
I have hunted the ranch that 5575 is talking about, it is truly an amazing ranch.
I've got 12 points as well. Hmm. Hey Redoak and 5575, add me to that list. Thanks
I think I got back to all of you guys. Those of you with max points or at least 10-11 I hope you get a chance to go, its pretty darn awesome to hear bulls ripping bugles all day long. Mornings and afternoons are a rutting mad house! I have always been a DIY guy but I'm so glad I booked that hunt when I did! Just hope I can catch up with the crazy point creep some day and do it all over again. Have a great 2019 season everyone no matter where you go! Here's the bull I shot, best day of my hunting life.
Check out my 2018 hunt
Interested in info too.
Would be interested in finding out more also, 5575. Thanks!
From: Nick Muche
That’s a great looking bull 5575!
What’s the difference between DYI and DIY?
Check out Randy Newburg's video of the hunt with his son. That's where you need to go!
5575 can you please pm message with info in regards to private land elk hunt
5575 add me to the list please. Thanks!
5575, please see your private messages.
5575 can you no just kidding. Good luck guys. I have 10 and with the special license should draw no problem. Area 7 Going guided though.
From: Z Barebow
Bowhuntn- I have a plan. You and I do a group app. With my 2 points and my knowledge of camping, I think we would have an even up trade! LOL!
Z tempting ??
I was on vacation sorry guys, replied to you all. Good luck!
17 days and I'll be up there! Good luck to all.
C M......could you add me to the list. Thanks.
From: Blue Buck
5575 please send me info as well. I've got 12 soon to be 13 points.
5575 - I'm also a max point holder, please send info - thanks!
Dang it! I’m at 0 after this year’s draw;-)
For those that contacted 5575, I just got back from that hunt (based on his info) and had a blast. PM me if anybody is interested. I drove from Indiana and it was well worth it.
Spectacular bull, Mike! Congratulations!
Congratulations Mike! Beautiful bull.
Thanks guys. I got lucky.
That’s awesome Mike! Congrats on a great bull!
How nice it that! Good going. Paul
Paul, you had a cool elk hunt too! I like the pic of the elk running.
Congrats Mike! Glad you took my advise, Jim told me about your bull and sent a pic good for you, your smile in the pic said it all! What did you think of the rutting activity, how did your hunt all go down? Fill us in!
Okay a quick story. 12 years of preference points and it was time to cash in. Redoak and 5575 posted some great pics and I just had to go. 25 hour drive. Day 1 and I have a 270" bull broadside at 23 yards, pass because the guide says he's too small. Day 2 and 3 we have several close encounters but no shots. Bulls are bugling but not rutting. We are hunting a few hours in the mornings and evenings. Mid-days we rested and kept from pressuring the elk. Private ranch and I was the only hunter. Day 4 the morning was slow but the evening was amazing. I drew on 4 different bulls. With one bull I was sitting on my butt and had to keep scooting around to try to get a shot, a second one and I had 1 little limb that blocked my shot. The third one just spun as I drew and faced away. The final bull came from the open face of the mountain and walked right to me at 8 yards, I couldn't draw and when I did, I misjudged the distance. Finally on the 5th evening, it came together. Elk were all around us but too far out to the north and south. We were facing west and finally had 3 bulls coming down the mountain. A cow and calf came from the north and was followed by my bull. When he put his head down to beat up some brush, I let the arrow loose. 50 yard, uphill and broadside. Bull ran off and crested a low rise. 30 seconds later, I saw a bull running to the south. It stopped and I saw the antlers drop in the bush. What a rush! We field dressed the bull that evening and packed it out the next morning. Rained each day sometimes both morning and night. Great time and great guide.