Elk Hunting in Wyoming Hunt Area 37 - Goose

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 37 - Goose

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
85
 
85
Success
27
 
27
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
66
 
66
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
48
 
48
Convenience
32
 
32
Ease of Effort
30
 
30
63
HuntScore

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Beginning at the junction of U.S. Highway 14 and Interstate Highway 90 east of the town of Ranchester; southerly along said highway to Piney Creek; westerly up said creek to South Piney Creek; southwesterly up said creek to the divide along the Big Horn Mountain range; northwesterly along said divide to the Woodchuck Pass Road (U.S.F.S. Road 226); northerly along said road to the Goose (Red Grade) Road (U.S.F.S. Road 26); northwesterly along said road to the Black Mountain Road (U.S.F.S. Road 16); northeasterly along said road to U.S. Highway 14; easterly along said road to Interstate Highway 90.

County

Johnson, Sheridan

Size

684 Square Miles (437,943 Acres)

Land Ownership

45% Private, 53% Public, 49% USFS, 4% State, 1% Military, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

44.6643, -107.1455

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 12 hotels, 6 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

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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.

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Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.

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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
846
Licenses Drawn
676
Licenses Surplus
170
Resident Quota
713
Nonresident Quota
133
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
82.3%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into quotas, drawing odds, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
037-6
Any
6
6
95.4%
83
037-9
E
Any
9
9
96.4%
76
HuntScore Tip: In addition to a general or limited quota license, one must purchase an archery license before hunting during a special archery season. Only one archery license per year is required and it is valid for all big and trophy game special archery seasons. Archers possessing a Type 9 archery only license are not required to purchase an archery permit. However, they can only hunt in the hunt area(s) and during the dates their license is valid and may not hunt during a later regular season if unsuccessful.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
1,577
Total Harvest
468
Harvest Male
164
Harvest Female
0
29.7%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
9
LL
N/A 144 33
27
0
ALL
ALL
ALL
N/A 1577 468
164
0
F
NRS
N/A 251 51
9
0
F
RS
N/A 1326 417
155
0
F
6
LL
N/A 564 260
0
0
F
G
N/A 949 175
137
0
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