Five of us went into Wyoming’s Special antelope draw with 3 points averaged. I had considered 4 units seriously. Unit 63 and 68 experienced significant point creep and we would have missed the boat entirely. Unit 75 crept up as well but not enough to have left us completely in the dust, we’d have been looking at 33% odds. The only unit that stayed stable (though it did creep from 4 points to 5 in the Normal draw) is Unit 73, the unit we applied for and the same unit that we’re eyeing for a mule deer hunt in another couple of years. (….Drum roll….) We were SUCCESSFUL!!
We are super excited for October to roll around and some of the hunt logistics have already fallen into place, not the least of which is lodging thanks to an AirBnB booking – an absolute basement bargain price that would embarrass even the nicest of rural Western hotel/motel accommodations.
Even if point creep stabilized the next couple of years, we shaved 2 years off our antelope hunt wait and likely more by going Special. All in all, I believe it’s money well spent and easily justified. When Andrew and I were out in 2007, the cost of a normal antelope tag plus the cost of a trespass fee to hunt quality private land put us well over $600. 10 years later here in 2016, these tags put us on 1,000+ square miles of top-notch public land with way higher trophy potential at less cost. It’s all about a perspective, and I’d call this tag a bargain!