Hunting Tips

Below are hunting tips and information from our DIY hunting experiences in the backcountry. Whether its hunting deer, elk, grouse or other game, we always have fun and learn something new - successes and failures alike.

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Top Utah General Archery Elk Hunt Units for 2017

I get lots of questions from non-resident elk hunters asking about the Utah General Elk Season. This post continues with the General Utah Archery Elk Hunt data.

Top Utah General Rifle Elk Hunt Units for 2017

I’ve had more questions recently from non-resident elk hunters asking about the Utah General Elk Season. Utah has plenty of elk and many units are above the population objectives, so why not hunt in Utah? But not all general units are good bets for hunters not

Six Western States have Over-the-Counter Elk Tags for Non-residents in 2017

Yes, that’s right. You can hunt elk in 2017 without winning the lottery. So, if you want to hunt elk in the West, why does everyone tell you have to start building points in the various lottery or draw systems?

Top 20 Colorado OTC Elk Hunting Units for 2017

The most common questions I get from first time, out of state DIY elk hunters is about how to choose a hunting unit. Chances are, you can find elk on every unit on most

Hunt Elk in Colorado with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags in 2017

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) manages elk in 43 Data Analysis Units (DAU) and the state is also divided into 184 Game Management Units (GMU). And yes, I counted them all.

Hunt Elk in Idaho with Over-the-Counter Tags in 2017

Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) manages elk in 28 Elk Management Zones and 96 management units. Idaho has General Season elk tags that can be bought over the counter (OTC) for both residents and non-residents in all but one of the elk management zones

Hunt Elk in Utah with Over-the-Counter Permits in 2017

The Utah Division of Wildlife (UDWR) manages elk in 29 management units in the state, but these units are sub-divided in such a way, there are really 50 elk management areas. Over-the-counter (OTC) elk permits are available for both

2017 Big Game Application Deadlines in Western States

This is a reminder so you don’t miss the application deadlines to hunt big game in Western states. Different states have different species of big game

DIY Western Elk Hunt for $1,000 Budget in 2017

This post is based on a chapter from my DIY Elk Hunting Guide. The most common reasons people give for not going on a DIY elk hunt to the West comes down to three reasons:

Hunt Elk in Wyoming with Over-the-Counter Tags in 2017

Wyoming is another state that offers Over-the-Counter (OTC) elk tags, but has now been limited to residents only.