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I have been checking with a few Wyoming outfitters about doing a 2020 Elk hunt. I also asked him about my 15 pps for Moose. He told me i most likely will never draw with point creep. Im 62 and am wondering if i should keep appling for points of just stop and give it up. At $150 a year its getting spendy. I understand there is always a tiny chance i could randomly draw. Also i just found out that i cant just hire a local to pack out an Elk for me as they must be licensed packers in Wyoming. So if this is true it sure makes it difficult for any DIY hunts unless you either own or rent horses.
We have never used a packer or horses to get an elk out. But yes they have to be licensed like an outfitter to pack. I would not give up just yet on those moose PP. Give it a year or so and see if the pool changes then. And you won't need an outfitter for moose either. Yes there is PP creep but also some older hunters dropping out every year. You're about 2-3 PP from drawing a tag in a decent area, most all of our areas are good ones.
Wytex, Thanks for that info. Im still considering a DIY archery hunt for next year. But my concern is with getting my Elk out as i hunt solo. I would not have a problem paying a licenced packer but where do you find one in the Big Horns? I would really have to hunt close to my truck to get a Bull packed out by myself, And if weather was warm it would be more difficult yet.
You might take a look at random and pref pt draw odds for different moose units across Wyo to decide if it's worth the expense of applying. I saw the writing on the wall many years ago when grizz and wolves numbers were increasing, moose habitat was in horrible shape, moose and tag numbers were decreasing, and applicants were souring. I doubt if grizz or wolves are going to disappear in the near future so moose tag numbers likely won't be increasing.
You can actually rent horses from this place: http://www.wyominghorses.net/hunting_lease.html
There likely are other places to rent horses or even llamas for packing game....no guide or outfitter needed unless you are hunting inside a wilderness area.
Not all of our moose habitat is in terrible shape. You might be surprised how quickly meat can cool by just being off the ground. Even a sage bush helps. Elk at 60+ degrees will cool up off the ground with wind circulation. Packing is no fun but one person can do it. I would talk with some outfitters in the Bighorns for packing. When you get a couple more moose points I know some areas that would pay off. Playing the draw odds paid off for my last moose hunt. Found an area with very few tags and took a nice bull, DIY on private land with no trouble getting access.