Nows The Time To Book "Landowner List" Hunts


Published: November - 1998

The state of Wyoming is one of the most popular among big game hunters, and if you are one of them, now is the time to start planning your permit application strategy. Having hunted the state several times, a strategy I recommend is applying for a permit in a hunting area where there is little or no public land. That's because most hunters select an area where there is an abundance of public land. Permits in those areas tend to go quickly, leaving many hunters out of luck. On the other hand, areas that are dominated by private land often have leftover controlled-hunt permits.

One such area I like is the northeastern corner of the state with Gillette being the hub. If your interest is antelope, the region south of Gillette is the best choice. If plains mule deer are what you want, I suggest focusing on the area north of this plains city. But how do you find a private-land hunt here? Continuing subscribers already know there are a lot of ranchers in this area who take part in what's called the "Landowner List" program. All of them are willing to open their lands to hunters for a modest fee and they have consented to have their contact details printed in what is a essentially a directory of ranches.

The list was put together by game wardens who perceived a need for it and went about creating it, ranch by ranch. You can get a copy of the Sheridan-area "Landowner List" by calling the number listed below. It's outside the scope of this article, but there is another list of ranchers in the Cheyenne area who also offer hunting. That list can be obtained by calling the number listed below. In previous issues, I have told you about a number of ranches in both areas that offer quality hunts. I'm confident all of my previous recommendations are still good and worth re-reading. The good news is, as I looked into this subject again for this report, I discovered some new ranches in the Sheridan area that I........(continued)

 
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