Elk Hunting in Wyoming Hunt Area 36 - Rock Creek

WYGFD are currently ~28% over the winter trend count objective. WYGFD maintained liberal season strategies for 2020. WYGFD have not detected CWD in Hunt Areas 36, 38, 39 or 40 (n=83).

Hunt Area 36 - Rock Creek

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
84
 
84
Success
40
 
40
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
77
 
77
Ease of Terrain
83
 
83
Room to Breathe
2
 
2
Opportunity
60
 
60
Convenience
0
 
N/A
Ease of Effort
28
 
28
67
HuntScore

Access Notes


Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
Local Gov't
State Gov't
Indian Reservation
State Wildlife/Wilderness Areas
National Park Service
Army Corps
Other Federal Land
Other

Land Ownership
Legend


Beginning where Interstate Highway 90 crosses Piney Creek; southeasterly along said highway to Interstate Highway 25; southerly along said highway to French Creek east of the town of Buffalo; westerly up said creek to the North Fork Ditch; westerly up said ditch to the North Fork of Clear Creek; westerly up said creek to the divide along the Big Horn Mountain range; northerly along said divide to South Piney Creek; northeasterly down said creek to Piney Creek; easterly down said creek to Interstate Highway 90.

County

Johnson

Size

208 Square Miles (133,090 Acres)

Land Ownership

32% Private, 68% Public, 53% USFS, 15% State, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

44.4326, -106.9249

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 0 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


WYGFD are currently ~28% over the winter trend count objective. In recent years, liberal hunting seasons were designed to increase harvest with the intent of reducing this elk population. WYGFD have been successful increasing harvest over the past several years, likely retarding growth of this herd. WYGFD maintained liberal season strategies for 2020.

Antlerless and cow/calf licenses have relatively low participation and success rates. Adding additional licenses will not significantly increase harvest. WYGFD e decreased Area 38 Type 6 licenses as the damage situation this license was intended to address has abated. WYGFD increased Area 39 Type 4 licenses to address an increase of elk observed in this area.

WYGFD tested 78 hunter harvested elk in 2019 for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Two elk, one each from Areas 35 and 37, tested positive, for a prevalence rate of 2.6%. Between 2014-2019, WYGFD tested 169 hunter harvested elk with five positives, for a prevalence rate of 3.0% (95% CI = 0.9- 6.8%). WYGFD e have not detected CWD in Hunt Areas 36, 38, 39 or 40 (n=83).

WYGFD also had three positive female elk from Area 37 this year that were euthanized for exhibiting clinical signs of disease.

HuntScore Tip

Only non‐Indian owned, fee title lands are open to the taking of wildlife with a Wyoming license. Land status is complicated and lawful access must be investigated thoroughly. Sportsmen are advised it is their responsibility to determine land status prior to entering these areas.

Photos and Terrain Notes


Unit Elevation Profile

HuntScore generates thousands of synthetic hikes in the unit to create an elevation profile. This profile is what you can expect to experience within a 2 mile hike from a road or trail in this unit.

Elevation in this unit ranges from 4534' to 12431' with a median elevation of 5070'. If you are preparing to hunt this unit you should train for hiking up and down slopes of 5.3%.

Distribution of Slopes From Hikes
Common Slope

This is typical incline or decline experienced while hiking from a road or trail in the unit

Elevation Range
Max Elevation: 12431'
Median Elevation: 5070'
Min Elevation: 4534'

Common Elevation Profiles

Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
23,949
Licenses Drawn
8,957
Licenses Surplus
14,992
Resident Quota
20,223
Nonresident Quota
3,726
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
24.2%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into hunt scores, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Quota Drawn Surplus Resident Draw Odds NonResident Draw Odds Min Res. Points Min NonRes. Points Notes
036-4
F
ANY
G
LL
345 180 165
100%
100%
0 0 Antlerless elk
036-9
E
A
A
LL
50 50 0
100%
5%
0 7 Any elk, archery only
036-6
F
ANY
G
LL
250 133 117
100%
63.5%
0 0 Cow or calf valid off national forest north of Rock Creek
036-6
F
ANY
G
LL
250 133 117
100%
63.5%
0 0 Cow or calf valid in the entire area
GEN-1
M
ANY
G
LL
23054 8461 14593
100%
9%
0 3 Antlered elk
HuntScore Tip: There is no mathematical difference in your chances of drawing whether your application is received during the first day of the application period or the last. However, applying early does allow the G&F time to check your application and return it to you or call you in the event you made an error. If you applied early, you will still have time to reapply with a correct application before the deadline date. Every year there are hunters who wait until the last minute, make a mistake and miss the drawing because there is not time to reapply.

Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
880
Total Harvest
225
Harvest Male
120
Harvest Female
0
25.6%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth Success Rate Days Hunter
A
9
LL
N/A 51 8
8
0
15.7% 8
ALL
ALL
ALL
N/A 880 225
120
0
25.6% 7
F
RS
N/A 710 183
104
0
25.8% 7
F
NRS
N/A 170 42
16
0
24.7% 6
F
4
LL
N/A 222 76
0
0
34.2% 8
F
6
LL
N/A 193 29
0
0
15% 7
F
G
N/A 504 112
112
0
22.2% 6
HuntScore Tip: Ever hunt a unit with a 100% success rate and not see any animals? If you're nodding your head to any of these scenarios then you're one of the people who knows that statistics are a good guide, but they aren't a guarantee.

Harvests Trends


Overall harvests trends are broken down by hunt_code, manner, season, sex, type, and species of deer (if applicable) to the extent state wildlife managers provide such data.

Total Harvest

Success Rate

Avg. Days Hunted

Weather Insights


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Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

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