Elk Hunting in Wyoming Hunt Area 35 - Hunter Mesa

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 35 - Hunter Mesa

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
40
 
40
Success
43
 
43
Trophy Potential
0
N/A
Public Access
89
 
89
Ease of Terrain
82
 
82
Room to Breathe
5
 
5
Opportunity
55
 
55
Convenience
14
 
14
Ease of Effort
16
 
16
62
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Beginning where U.S. Highway 87 business loop crosses French Creek; southerly along said highway to Wyoming Highway 196; southerly along said highway to the Crazy Woman Canyon Road (Johnson County Road 14); westerly along said road to U.S. Highway 16; westerly along said highway to the divide along the Big Horn Mountain range at Powder River Pass; northwesterly along said divide to North Clear Creek; easterly down said creek to the North Fork Ditch; easterly down said ditch to French Creek; easterly down said creek to the U.S. Highway 87 business loop.

County

Johnson

Size

251 Square Miles (160,698 Acres)

Land Ownership

25% Private, 74% Public, 63% USFS, 1% BLM, 9% State, 1% Other

Latitude/Longitude

44.2643, -106.9014

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 4 hotels, 4 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.

HuntScore Tip

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
871
Licenses Drawn
631
Licenses Surplus
240
Resident Quota
727
Nonresident Quota
144
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
40.9%
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
035-6
Any
6
6
100%
88
035-9
E
Any
9
9
39.6%
74
035-4
F
Any
4
4
100%
87
035-1
E
Any
1
1
23.6%
74
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.

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Elk Harvest Stats (2018)


Total Hunters
612
Total Harvest
266
Harvest Male
60
Harvest Female
0
43.5%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
9
LL
N/A 74 26
22
0
ALL
ALL
ALL
N/A 612 266
60
0
F
RS
N/A 504 228
49
0
F
NRS
N/A 108 38
11
0
F
1
LL
N/A 135 63
38
0
F
4
LL
N/A 223 90
0
0
F
6
LL
N/A 180 87
0
0
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.

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Average Temps

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