I know this is a little late, and will not be posted in time to help you decide what units to put in for, for the Wyoming draw. Up until now I really didn’t have enough solid information to feel confident enough to post my personal recommendations for the coming Wyoming deer season. But I recently received the info I have been waiting for, and now feel confident in sharing that info with all of my readers. Let’s just hope that this will help you realize that you made a great choice with your draw applications this year. Although Wyoming has been hit hard with the winter of 2011 (especially in region D and E) and the bad drought of 2012, the deer herd is stronger than most western states and there really aren’t any “bad” units. There are some poor units, but Wyoming is still the dream state for Mule Deer, in my opinion.
Now let’s take a look at some units that I feel will be home runs and areas that may be a strikeout. My top recommended units begin with units 102, 101 & 117. I know, I know, if you had hunted units 101 & 102 in 2012 and 2013 and saw no deer or just does and young bucks, then you’re taking my name in vain right now. Because of the drought in 2012 and the warmer than usual temps in 2013, this unit was the exact opposite of what it is known for. These units are so dependant on the weather that you are always taking a risk applying for them. If the weather provides the right conditions, these two units will provide you with the hunt of a life time, and could be arguably the best hunting units in any state for Mule Deer. I fell in love with hunting the red dessert years ago, and it still has a special place in my heart. If you know how to hunt this area, you will find big mature bucks, especially if the weather cooperates.
A couple other home run areas include unit 105 and Region G. These areas are a different animal than units 102 & 101. This is high country bucks. Be ready for a lot of hiking, glassing, hiking, glassing, and then hiking some more. Region G has traditionally supplied some huge deer and unit 105 has really been an incredible unit in recent years, and will only get better, in my opinion. Any of the Western units of region J will produce big deer and hold solid numbers of deer. But be prepared for an incredibly difficult hunt by being in great shape and ready to hunt above 9000 feet.
A couple of sleepers that I think glide under the radar and are worth the extra effort are units 116 & 128, and units 79,80, and 83. All of these areas hold mature bucks and provide great public land access.
Either way, if you are one of the lucky souls to be hunting Wyoming this coming season, consider yourselves lucky. Wyoming is a beautiful state that holds incredible hunting opportunities. The Mule Deer population is down, but it’s down everywhere in the west. If you are an out-of-state hunter applying to Wyoming and was considering holding on to your points another season but applied anyway, you made the right choice. Not only will you have a great hunting experience, but if Wyoming decides to cut their non-resident tags wayyyyy down, like they might for 2015, then it will join the ranks of places such as Utah and New Mexico for being nearly impossible to draw a quality tag.
Good luck this year! Get out there this summer and do some scouting. Hard work will only help your odds at that trophy experience.