Wyoming Game & Fish License Application Deadline
Antelope | May 31
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The quoted trip price will exclude Wyoming Game & Fish Department license, Conservation stamp, Special management stamp, Archery permit, County sales tax, National Forest Service fees, BLM fees, Tips, Travel and Personal gear.
Archery Pronghorn Antelope Hunts
Area 88 & 89 – Early-Season
Requires Preference Points, Conservation Stamp
& Archery Permit
Season Dates: August 15 – October 31
3-day | 2-on-1
Rifle Pronghorn Antelope Hunts
Area 88 & 89 – Early-Season
Requires Preference Points & Conservation Stamp
Season Dates: September 10 – October 31
3-day | 2-on-1
One-on-One Guide Service
This exclusive service is offered at a flat rate.
PREFERENCE POINTS may be purchased online July – October annually (Antelope $31.00). We strongly recommend that anyone wanting to hunt Wyoming in the future, go online each year and purchase a preference point for any and all species that you wish to hunt in the future!
Wyoming License Application Deadlines
Antelope: May 31
A 50% deposit of the value of your hunt will reserve your dates for the year you are successful in the license draw – (non-refundable). Remaining balance of 50% is due 60 days prior to your hunt dates or you may pay with cash the day before your hunt begins.
License Fees and Application Deadlines
Follow this link to the WG&FD Regulations
Apply January 1st – May 31st | Full-Price $326.00 | Special $614.00 | Preference Point $31.00 + Conservation Stamp $12.50 | Archery Permit $72.00.
Amount to be remitted includes nonrefundable $15.00 application fee | Online application service total will include a 2.5% processing fee | All applications, must be submitted by midnight mountain standard time (MST) on the deadline date | An applicant must be at least eleven (11) years old at the time of submitting an application to purchase a preference point and must be at least twelve (12) years old by December 31 of that year | All prices are subject to State taxes, 3% Forest Service and/or BLM Use Fee | All are subject to change at any time.
License Fees and Application Deadlines for all big game species are set by Wyoming Game & Fish Department, purchased on the WG&FD website and are drawn by the WG&FD lottery system. We can and recommend that we process your license applications, preference points and etc. as a service to you or you may apply online yourself at: Apply Here
Wyoming is the top pronghorn antelope producing state in the nation and issues approximately 70,000 total Pronghorn Antelope licenses each fall. (Some say that Wyoming has more pronghorn than people!) Wyoming also has the most listings in Boone & Crockett as well as Pope & Young record books for trophy bucks, boasting 1,830 animals. While pronghorn licenses can be difficult to draw in some states, there are areas in Wyoming where leftover licenses are available almost every year.
The pronghorn is a unique species—those of North America and are the only big game species that sheds its outer horn sheath each fall. And, the pronghorn is an ungulate, related to the antelope and goat family. They are amazing runners, and can attain speeds of 60 to 70 mph and cruise at 30 mph for long distances. Their eyesight is phenomenal and compares to a human using 8X binoculars. They depend mainly on their acute eyesight to warn them of danger, but also have a keen hearing and sense of smell. A careless hunter who doesn’t keep the wind in his favor won’t get close to a pronghorn.
In the meadows, plains, and valleys of Wyoming pronghorns are abundant. It is often possible to see many small herds in a single day of hunting. The openness of the country and unlimited visibility allows the hunters to keep pronghorn antelope in sight and keep them moving until they finally get into position for a shot. Unlike many other types of hunting where a good opportunity comes along once or twice a season, pronghorn areas often offer several good chances in a single day.
Those serious about harvesting trophy animals scout extensively prior to the season making use of the best quality binoculars, and spotting scopes. Once you locate and judge a buck to determine it is the one you want, make observations until you get an idea of feeding, watering patterns, and patterns of movement. A pragmatic, yet time-consuming method of harvesting the buck of your choice involves making careful observations before the season and locating an area where he waters with some regularity.
Depending on the temperature and dryness of the area, pronghorns usually travel to their favorite waterhole sometime during the morning making such a water source an ideal ambush spot. During the rut, pronghorn bucks are just as stupid as the males of most species under similar conditions. They will seldom leave a hot doe despite the circumstances; hunting during the rut is very productive.
Unlike most big game, pronghorns tend to be active throughout the day. There is no need to worry about being in position long before daylight. A 9 AM start is likely to be just as productive as 6 AM. By the end of the first week of pronghorn season, the animals spook easily. However, pronghorn have a tendency to run for a short distance, then stop and look back to see if they are being pursued.
Pronghorn antelope do not move at night like most other big game animals, so make this work to your advantage by locating a good buck the day before the season opening and track until the animal beds down at dark. They will most likely be in place at daybreak in the morning.
Hunting pronghorn antelope is an exciting challenge because they prefer the open country of the deserts, plains, and high country meadows so they can see approaching danger. During hunting season, the grasses and forbes on the prairie are a light brown, and sage brush is a dark gray-green. The pronghorn’s coat often blends in with these colors, which can make them difficult to see on the open prairies unless their white bellies and rumps are visible above the grass and sage.
In perfect scenarios, these white patches make it possible for hunters to see them from long distances. The hunter also has to discern if the white spot on the hillside or in the distance with the sun glinting from it is a rock or the rump of an antelope. Good binoculars or a spotting scope are crucial in helping such scenarios. The pronghorns’ unique color also offers and advantage to the hunter. The white underbelly usually ends approximately mid-point on the rib cage. If the hunter is using a flat shooting rifle, the transition point from white to brown on the pronghorn provides an excellent area to rest the horizontal crosshairs of the scope. Then it is a simple matter to place the vertical crosshair just behind the front shoulder.
Since hunting on the open prairie is generally a long-range situation, the accuracy and flat trajectory of your firearm are extremely important. Any rifle of .24 caliber or larger with a 100-grain bullet is capable of making clean kills on pronghorn. Favorite pronghorn rifles include the 6 mm Remington, shooting a 100-grain bullet and a .270, utilizing a 130-grain bullet. Both rifles set up with a 3- 9X variable scope on them, and a bipod is often helpful even when trying to ambush them at close range. It is easier to be patient and wait for a standing shot at 300 yards with a bipod, rather than take a running shot at 100 yards. A flat-shooting rifle sighted in for 200 yards is an advantage in this situation. If the hunter is lucky, and the pronghorn haven’t run very far, then a shot may still be possible.
The most productive hunting method is glassing large areas—generally from a vehicle. Pronghorn antelope country tends to be flat with plenty of dirt roads. Once a herd is spotted, stalk begins to bring the hunter within rifle range. Just as with any other big game animal, it is helpful to get to your hunt area with binoculars or a spotting scope. When you find a pronghorn buck worthy of your attention, figure out his patterns.
Although their exceptional eyesight allows them to see things at great distances, if they don’t recognize an object as a threat— which they sometimes don’t in low pressure hunting areas— they often ignore it or sometimes walk toward it. Their high level of curiosity is sometimes their undoing. Although their great eyesight leads to many fruitless stalks, there is often another good buck just over the next hill. While hunting these wary critters can require long-range shots, it is usually possible to restrict shots to whatever distance is comfortable for the hunter. Many pronghorn antelopes are killed less than 200 yards away, and many have been shot in less than 100 yards.
For those who are patient enough to sit in a blind, sitting above watering areas is often fruitful. Rarely do hunters sit through the day without getting a chance at a buck while they try to sneak in for a drink.
Pronghorn antelope hunting in Wyoming is one the most sought after, exciting, migratory and free ranging big game animals in the world to pursue. Mature bucks are wary, extremely cagey, and can make for a very challenging hunt. The foothills and plains of western Wyoming are famous for producing trophy class bucks and are home to one of the greatest antelope herds in the world. There are several factors specific to our areas which allow our bucks to grow and reach their genetic potential at maturity. These factors include a high buck to doe ratio, outstanding genetics, predators kept in check and fabulous habitat. The quality winter range is also a great benefit to our antelope herds, giving them the nutrition necessary to survive the harsh Wyoming winters. Along with these factors, the Wyoming draw system has kept the hunting pressure low which allows our bucks to have an even better chance at reaching their genetic potential at maturity.
Our Lodge hunts lie within the boundaries of multiple areas, which allow us easy access and the ability to hunt quit a few of the best limited quota areas in Wyoming for antelope. These areas routinely produce bucks ranging from 13” to well over 16” gross, each and every year. Our season typically runs from the 10th of September thru the 31st of October, offering us a wide range of hunting opportunities, such as hunting bucks in pre-rut, the rut, to post rut and their bachelor groups late in the fall. These reasons are why these areas are without a doubt, not only Wyoming’s finest antelope hunting, but also considered some of the best pronghorn hunting in the country.
Along with hunting in an area with superior genetics and low pressure (from both hunters and predators), another key to success in an antelope hunt is our preseason scouting. Forty five to sixty days prior to our first hunt, we are glassing with high quality optics in the mornings and evenings, which always prove beneficial to our clients and contributes greatly to the odds of harvesting a trophy while on your hunt of a lifetime.
Our hunts take place in Western Wyoming’s foothills and high plains, with elevations ranging from 4,500 feet up to 7,000 feet and over 7,500 feet in some cases. You will be hunting antelope in the high sagebrush plains, around riparian areas and cedar breaks.
Your mornings will begin at 4:00 am; we will all meet for a hearty breakfast, pack our lunches and discuss the plans for the days hunt. After breakfast, still well before daylight, you and your guide will head out for a full day of antelope hunting. Once you reach your destination, we will spend most of the day glassing and locating bucks with binoculars and/or a spotting scope. Our time and efforts are focused on areas where we have historically found and recently located mature bucks in our scouting efforts. Once we spot your trophy game, we plan our stalk carefully and hike to a vantage point to where you can make your shot.
In summary, the rugged and steep terrain is challenging. This is a mentally and physically demanding hunt, one you will need to start preparing for long before your hunt dates. The better shape you are in, the better your chances of success. It is also very important to be familiar and proficient with your firearm because it is often necessary to shoot from an average of 300 yards, after a long hard hike up the mountain. The rough hilly terrain of Western Wyoming has more record class bucks than many other parts of Wyoming and most of the country. This is without a doubt the hunt of a lifetime for that hunter who is looking for a true trophy class pronghorn antelope buck.