Most U.S. states have an abundance of antelopes roaming throughout their countryside and are primarily found in shortgrass prairies. However, there are some states where they can be found in higher populations than others, and there are some states that are considered trophy zones offering hunters the opportunities to get mature bucks. Here are a few of the best states to hunt for antelope, why and what to expect:
Can you believe that there are ore antelope in Wyoming than there are people? Other than that, Wyoming tops the list because it is a state that offers both draw tags and over-the-counter tags. You can find BLM property as well as Forest Service property. Wyoming is known to have the highest success rates (100 percent, which is something no other states has ever been known to achieve) and harvests. Now, the draw process can be a bit complicated; however, it is worth it to get that coveted permit.
The population in Montana for antelopes isn't as great as Wyoming, but it isn't far behind. Montana has a bonus system for getting tags. It also has a Block Management Program that allows hunters to gain access to private lands, which requires that hunters sign in and sign out. This works particularly well since public land is limited in the state. One of the most famous areas for hunting is the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
If you're looking for diversity for your antelope hunting and diverse habitat and terrain, then New Mexico is the state to head to. You will find some great Pronghorn antelope here. This state has a no preference system, which means a first-time applicant has as good of a chance of drawing a tag as anyone else. Private lands are primarily in Eastern New Mexico, but you will find large blocks of BLM, state land and National Grasslands in the southeast.