Contributors to this thread:
WY Gen unit 110 & 9 Question
So while narrowing down my research in Medicine bow national forest it seems like these unit have good habit and elk numbers, but also seems like a lot of roads. Pretty much anywhere in the unit it is hard to get more than a mile away from roads. For anyone who has hunted this unit what was your experience with roads and other hunters?
Good roads and popular units
I'm a resident and like stated by CNELK lot's of road and hunters. During the September time frame Lots of ATVs. You can kill elk but calling can be challenging at times when a vehicle comes down the road. Also, other hunters will move in on your calling. The weekends can be a zoo!
Brad and bowboy just described every otc unit in Colorado. Lol
Well... WY Units 9 & 110 are adjacent to Colorado :>)
Roads and people were my initial thoughts during research as well. Have also spent a lot of time looking at unit 37 just based on road system does not look as congested?
Killed my first elk in 110 in 1998. I had no clue what I was doing, and was smoking a cigarette when a cow walked by me at 20 yards on opening morning at first light. The next year, I killed my first bull while smoking a cigarette on the first day at first light, at 20 yards. I thought elk hunting was pretty easy for exactly 2 years... Then I quit smoking and it became pretty difficult.
Don’t let the roads scare ya, it’s a big area and there are lots of places where you won’t see anyone else. Lots and lots of elk live within 1/2 mile of roads! People drive right past them. Find some thick timber to get into and your odds will go up. It’s close to Laramie so you will get a weekend influx but it typically settles down during the week. Get up extra early and listen, then move in quietly once you locate some bugles. Pretty decent moose population also in that area.
Really good area, not alot of bulls over 330 though....
"not alot of bulls over 330 though...."
Name a general area in the south-central part of the state that does and you'll have a scoop! lol!
Big bulls at this point in my elk hunting journey are not the priority. Nice fat cow would make me feel just as good. Thanks for all the input guys!
A few big bulls come out of our general areas every year, even the Snowies.
wytex, that may be true...with the key phrase being “ a few”. I was simply pointing out if someone has the unrealistic expectation of running into “a lot” of 300 bulls, let alone 330, they’re going to be extremely disappointed.
Good news for me is if someone said hey thats a 330 bull I would more than likely say really!!
I agree wyobullshooter, that is true for almost any elk hunt. A monster can be found almost anywhere just not very dang many of them.