I learned how to take advantage of all this last year when my hunting partner and I struck out in the Wyoming draw. We wanted to hunt pronghorn antelope. Desperate for a solution, we first tried Butch Manasse Outdoor Adventures who has gotten us on good last-minute hunts in the past. Manasse knows his way around the permit situation. Unfortunately, his antelope outfitters were booked up, he said. But then, as an afterthought, he mentioned how there were plenty of buck antelope licenses left over from the draw. He suggested that we check out the list of landowners maintained by the Gillette Chamber of Commerce.
Wyoming Game and Fish posts the licenses left over from the drawing on its web site (htt://gf.state .wy.us) and begins selling them over the counter at the Cheyenne headquarters office around August 2. You have to move fast, though. By the time I called in mid-August many of the available licenses had already been sold. With our choices narrowed, we decided to concentrate our efforts around the City of Gillette in the northeast corner of the state. Following Man- asse's advice, I called the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center and requested a copy of the current Hunter Assistance Service Landowner List. The list not only provides the names of the landowners but their contact information and what hunt areas they are located in. Now, we........(continued)