Here is low cost alternative to a fully guided antelope hunt. Hunt SE Colorado on a private ranch of 20,000 acres. Archery licenses are over-the-counter and require no draw. This is an awesome property consisting of open prairie, deep canyons, rim rock and year round water. Resident wildlife includes bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, Merriam’s turkeys, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and of course pronghorn antelope.
Hunting from blinds will be the most productive method. Blinds will be set up near water and/or crossings.
Not only are there good numbers of antelope on the property but it holds some very good bucks. I did my recon visit there in the summer of 2015 and saw several trophy class bucks.
Archery season runs August 15 – September 20.
License cost is $374 plus a $10 habitat stamp. Anyone born after January 1, 1949 must have a hunter education card to obtain a license – Colorado accepts hunter education cards from other states.
Includes: private land hunting, blinds in place, pre-hunt orientation and advice from guides.
4 Day Hunt - $1300 or $1500 to stay in the 5th wheel camper located on the ranch
Hunt northcentral Wyoming for mule deer and antelope. This is a small, personalized operation that takes a very limited number of clients on the combo hunt. Can also be done for just antelope versus a deer / antelope combo.
Hunting is on private leases that hold good numbers of both antelope and mule deer. Past shot opportunity has run 95% on deer and 100% on antelope.
Licenses are via the draw but have been 100% draw odds. Application dates are Jan 1 - May 31. Leftover tags, if available, can be applied for from July 10-20. License cost is $326 for deer and $286 for antelope plus $12.50 conservation stamp. A hunter’s safety card is required if born after January 1, 1966.
Includes guides (2 hunters/guide) lodging, meals, transportation during the hunt, delivery of meats and mounts to taxidermist or processing plant, airport pick-up and drop-off (Sheridan airport).
5 Day Combo Hunt - $4800 (Oct. 1-31)
3 Day Antelope Hunt - $2000 (Oct. 1-31)
Hunt private ranches in SE Wyoming in units that can be drawn with no preference points. Success rates normally run 100% for rifle hunts and close to 90% for archery.
Archery hunting is typically done out of blinds. Crossbows are legal to use during archery and firearm season. Two to four hunters are taken by their guide to blinds which are located at crossing areas or water sources. The guide then stays on the property to assist as needed.
Rifle hunting is via truck, spot and stalk or from blinds depending on the situation and hunter’s preference. Two hunters per guide on the rifle hunts.
The application period is Jan 1 – May 31. These units do not have leftover licenses so hunters need to book prior to the application deadline.
Includes: meals, lodging, guiding, field care and retrieval of animal to camp, caping of animal, delivery of animal to processor. 1×1 guiding can be provided for an additional $150/day.
4 Day Archery Hunt - $2450 (Aug. 15 - 30)
3 Day Rifle Hunt - $2450 (Sept. 15 – Oct. 31)
Hunt game-rich leases in north central Wyoming.
Rifle hunting is done primarily by spot and stalk. Archery hunts are by spot and stalk or sitting in blinds by waterholes or feeding areas.
The terrain on the ranches ranges from flat to rolling with some good draws that allow hunters to use the lay of the land to close the distance for a shot. This operation normally runs 100% shot opportunity for both archery and rifle hunts. Crossbows are legal to use during archery and firearm season.
Draw odds are 100% for the three units they hunt. Application dates are Jan 1 - May 31. Leftover tags are available after the draw but book early to assure availability.
Includes meals, lodging, 2×1 guiding, field care and skinning of animals, airport shuttle to and from Sheridan airport.
4 Day Archery Hunt - $2450 (Aug. 15 - Sept. 30)
3 Day Rifle Hunt - $2450 (Oct. 1 - Nov. 15)
Can also do as an antelope / deer combo hunt - as below.
4 Day Archery Antelope / Mule Deer Combo - $5400
4 Day Rifle Antelope / Mule Deer Combo - $5400
4 Day Rifle Antelope / Whitetail Combo - $5400
Sold out for 2016 - booking now for 2017.
If a big antelope is on your bucket list, here is a hunt to consider. This outfitter has over a half million acres of private land leased and manages it for trophy pronghorn. He limits the number of hunters taken to ensure big bucks are available every year.
The ranches are so big that hunters rarely look at the same country twice during the course of a hunt. This is a hunt where you can look over a lot of bucks. Even though all of the properties, produce B&C bucks, one large ranch gives clients better odds of taking a monster buck - the average runs around 80 inches with the top end being in the high 80’s. It is priced $500 more than the other ranches.
Includes meals, 2×1 guiding, landowner voucher to obtain pronghorn tag, field care and caping. Does not include lodging which is in a motel. Landowner vouchers are provided which allow hunters to obtain licenses. License cost is $369.
3 Day Rifle Hunt - $4000 & $4500 – add $750 for 1×1 guiding (late Aug. – Sept)
Choose bow or gun to hunt antelope with this outfitter on private ranches near Sheridan.
Archery methods include elevated stands, ground blinds or spot and stalk. Crossbows are legal to use. Rifle hunts are primarily spot and stalk. A fun hunt with lots of game to see. Bucks taken are typically in the 13 to 15 inch range.
Includes meals, lodging, 2 hunters/guide, airport pick-up and drop-off (Sheridan, WY), transportation of meats and mounts to processing plant or taxidermist.
Draw odds are 100% for this unit. Application dates are Jan. 1 - May 31. This unit normally has leftover antelope tags which can be applied for in early July. A hunter’s safety card is required for rifle hunters if born after January 1, 1966 - not needed for archery hunters. Crossbows are legal to use during archery and firearm season.
3 Day (4 night) Archery Hunt - $2000 (Aug. 15 - Sept. 24)
3 Day (4 night) Rifle Hunt - $2000 (Oct. 1-31)
Mule deer / antelope combos are a very popular option for this outfitter. Their private leases in north central Wyoming hold good numbers of deer and antelope. The norm is for hunters to harvest both species.
Hunting is done via truck, spot and stalk or from blinds depending on the situation and hunter’s preference. The terrain on the ranches ranges from flat to rolling with some good draws that allow hunters to use the lay of the land to close the distance for a shot.
Muleys are in the 140-155 range with some around 170. Antelope are in the 13-15 inch category.
Application period for deer and antelope license is January 1 - May 31. Draw odds for deer are 50% with no preference points and 100% with one point. Antelope draw odds are 100% with no preference points. A hunter’s safety card is required if born after January 1, 1966.
Includes meals, lodging, 2×1 guiding, field care and skinning of animals. Add $750 for 1×1 guiding.
5 Day Archery Hunt - $5400 (Sept. 1 - Sept. 30)
4 Day Rifle Hunt - $5400 (Oct. 1 – Oct. 31)
This private ranch hunt has good numbers of mule deer and antelope, so why not hunt both and book a combo hunt? The price is over $1000 less than if you hunt both species on a single species hunt.
Hunting is by spot and stalk. This is a fun hunt with lots of game to see and lots of bucks to choose from. Mule deer score 140-170. The antelope are typically 13-15 inch.
Includes meals, lodging, 2 hunters/guide, airport pick-up and drop-off, transportation of meats and mounts to processing plant or taxidermist.
Draw odds are 100% for this unit. Application dates are Jan. 1 - May 31. Leftover tags, if available, can be applied for in early July. A hunter’s safety card is required for rifle hunters if born after January 1, 1966 - not needed for archery hunters. Crossbows are legal to use during archery and firearm season.
5 Day Hunt - $5000 (Oct. 1 - Oct. 31)
Non-residents can only hunt antelope with archery equipment (including crossbows). Consequently, this outfitter has been specializing in bow hunts and has been highly successful. Shot opportunities typically run 100%. Hunting is on private ranches in the northwest part of the state.
Depending on timing, amount of water and ability of the hunters the following methods are used: decoys, spot and stalk and stand hunting. Stands are near alfalfa fields or waterholes.
Includes meals, lodging, guiding, field care and skinning of animals.
Shots average 35-40 yards with 15 yards being a close shot. Hunters using flat shooting bows that can hit out to 60+ yards will bump the odds in their favor.
Statewide non-resident archery licenses are available over-the-counter and cost $156.50 plus $20 for a habitat stamp.
4 Day Archery Guided Hunt - $2150 1×1 guided; $1800 2×1 guided; $1650 3×1 guided (late Aug - early Oct.)
Can also be done as 5 day combo with mule deer (see Hunt #37-MDPA) or whitetail (see Hunt #37-WDPA)
This archery hunt is offered by the outfitter that has Hunts #37-WD and Hunt #37-MD. Their ranches in western Nebraska have good numbers of whitetails and antelope along with some trophy class animals of both species. The outfitter specializes in archery hunts and knows how to get it done.
Whitetails normally score between 120-150 with an occasional 170+. Antelope bucks have run 60 to 80+ P&Y.
Hunting methods will consist of hunting out of stands and blinds in addition to spot and stalk. One strategy employed is stand hunting for whitetails in the morning and evening and spot and stalk for antelope during the mid-day. See Hunts #37-WD and Hunt #37-PA for additional details.
Includes meals, lodging, guide, field care and skinning of animals. License cost is $209 for mule deer and $155.50 for antelope plus a $20 habitat stamp. Licenses are available over-the-counter with no draw. Crossbows are legal to use.
6 Day Hunt - $4500 2×1 guided and $5000 1×1 guided (Sept. 15 - Oct 31)