Elk Hunting in Wyoming Hunt Area 45 - Paint Rock Creek

High calf recruitment and insufficient female harvest continues to yield an elk herd which is over-objective. Access in Hunt Area 41 due to land ownership and topographical constraints limits the cow harvest necessary to curb population growth. Cow har...

Hunt Area 45 - Paint Rock Creek

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Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
30
 
30
Success
42
 
42
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
98
 
98
Ease of Terrain
85
 
85
Room to Breathe
8
 
8
Opportunity
30
 
30
Convenience
49
 
49
Ease of Effort
29
 
29
61
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Beginning where U.S. Highway 16 crosses the Big Horn River in the town of Worland; northerly down said river to Wyoming Highway 31 at the town of Manderson; easterly along said highway to the Cold Springs Road (B.L.M./ U.S.F.S. Road 344); northeasterly along said road to the divide between Medicine Lodge Creek andPaintRock Creek at Upper Medicine Lodge Lake; easterly alongsaid divide to the divide along the Big Horn Mountain range; southeasterly along said divide to U.S. Highway 16 at Powder River Pass; westerly along said highway to the Canyon Creek Road (U.S.F.S. Road 25); southerly along said road to the Gold Mine Road (U.S.F.S. Road 452); southerly along said road to the Bighorn National Forest boundary; westerly along said boundary to U.S. Highway 16; westerly along said highway to the Bighorn River in the town of Worland.

County

Big Horn, Washakie

Size

771 Square Miles (493,662 Acres)

Land Ownership

16% Private, 84% Public, 36% USFS, 43% BLM, 5% State

Latitude/Longitude

44.1893, -107.4822

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 1 hotels, 22 campgrounds, and 2 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Elk Notes


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High calf recruitment and insufficient female harvest continues to yield an elk herd which is over-objective. Access in Hunt Area 41 due to land ownership and topographical constraints limits the cow harvest necessary to curb population growth. Cow harvest decreased significantly in 2019, by roughly 30% from 2018. Concurrently, classification and trend flights showed an over-abundance of elk in the herd unit (2,625).

Increasing licenses as a means to increase harvest appears to have limited effect, as hunter success typically ranges between 30-40%. Based on hunter crowding comments and the need to address the over-abundance of elk, 2020 will see a shifting of season dates and the creation of an early cow harvest opportunity in both Hunt Areas 41 and 45. These changes are an attempt to decrease hunting pressure without significantly decreasing licenses. Hunt area 41 will see a modest reduction in Type 4 licenses and the creation of a ten day early season to increase cow harvest and alleviate hunter crowding during the Type 1 season which opens on October 15th.

Similarly moving the 45 Type 5 season to the same ten day window should increase cow harvest and reduce hunter crowding during the 45 Type 1 season. Both license types are intended to close after October 10th to give elk a five day buffer prior to the October 15th opener for Type 1 hunters. Additionally a modest increase in the 45 Type 6 quota is warranted to increase opportunity and subsequent harvest on elk which have become a damage concern along cropland adjacent to lower Tensleep and Paintrock Creek.High calf recruitment and insufficient female harvest continues to yield an elk herd which is over-objective. Access in Hunt Area 41 due to land ownership and topographical constraints limits the cow harvest necessary to curb population growth.

Cow harvest decreased significantly in 2019, by roughly 30% from 2018. Concurrently, classification and trend flights showed an over-abundance of elk in the herd unit (2,625). Increasing licenses as a means to increase harvest appears to have limited effect, as hunter success typically ranges between 30-40%. Based on hunter crowding comments and the need to address the over-abundance of elk, 2020 will see a shifting of season dates and the creation of an early cow harvest opportunity in both Hunt Areas 41 and 45.

These changes are an attempt to decrease hunting pressure without significantly decreasing licenses. Hunt area 41 will see a modest reduction in Type 4 licenses and the creation of a ten day early season to increase cow harvest and alleviate hunter crowding during the Type 1 season which opens on October 15th. Similarly moving the 45 Type 5 season to the same ten day window should increase cow harvest and reduce hunter crowding during the 45 Type 1 season. Both license types are intended to close after October 10th to give elk a five day buffer prior to the October 15th opener for Type 1 hunters.

Additionally a modest increase in the 45 Type 6 quota is warranted to increase opportunity and subsequent harvest on elk which have become a damage concern along cropland adjacent to lower Tensleep and Paintrock Creek. High calf recruitment and insufficient female harvest continues to yield an elk herd which is over-objective. Access in Hunt Area 41 due to land ownership and topographical constraints limits the cow harvest necessary to curb population growth. Cow harvest decreased significantly in 2019, by roughly 30% from 2018.

Concurrently, classification and trend flights showed an over-abundance of elk in the herd unit (2,625). Increasing licenses as a means to increase harvest appears to have limited effect, as hunter success typically ranges between 30-40%. Based on hunter crowding comments and the need to address the over-abundance of elk, 2020 will see a shifting of season dates and the creation of an early cow harvest opportunity in both Hunt Areas 41 and 45. These changes are an attempt to decrease hunting pressure without significantly decreasing licenses.

Hunt area 41 will see a modest reduction in Type 4 licenses and the creation of a ten day early season to increase cow harvest and alleviate hunter crowding during the Type 1 season which opens on October 15th. Similarly moving the 45 Type 5 season to the same ten day window should increase cow harvest and reduce hunter crowding during the 45 Type 1 season. Both license types are intended to close after October 10th to give elk a five day buffer prior to the October 15th opener for Type 1 hunters. Additionally a modest increase in the 45 Type 6 quota is warranted to increase opportunity and subsequent harvest on elk which have become a damage concern along cropland adjacent to lower Tensleep and Paintrock Creek

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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.

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Elk Drawing Stats (2021)


Total Quota
1,046
Licenses Drawn
1,046
Licenses Surplus
0
Resident Quota
869
Nonresident Quota
177
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
30.1%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
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Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
045-9
E
Any
9
9
40.8%
77
045-5
F
Any
5
5
98.3%
90
045-4
F
Any
4
4
96.9%
90
045-1
E
Any
1
1
20.5%
77
045-6
Any
6
6
50.3%
81
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Elk Harvest Stats (2019)


Total Hunters
901
Total Harvest
339
Harvest Male
167
Harvest Female
0
37.6%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
9
LL
N/A 147 35
27
0
ALL
ALL
ALL
N/A 901 339
167
0
F
NRS
N/A 162 76
49
0
F
RS
N/A 739 263
118
0
F
1
LL
N/A 303 146
140
0
F
4
LL
N/A 209 75
0
0
F
5
LL
N/A 118 40
0
0
F
6
LL
N/A 144 43
0
0
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