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 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 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:

How much Meat to Pack Out on an Elk?

This post is related to the last post; How much Meat to Pack Out on a Mule Deer? As an attempt to answer common questions about how much meat is on an animal and how do you pack out large animals, especially without horses

Non-Residents Can Hunt Elk in Montana with General Tags

Despite the fact that the elk harvest in Montana ranks third only behind Colorado and Wyoming, I have not thought much about hunting elk in Montana since non-residents had to

Florida Youth Scores on First DIY Western Elk Hunt

I received the following email from Brady Gaughan of Florida: Thank you for your DIY guide. I used it to plan a first time elk hunt for my son’s 16th birthday.

Elk Harvest Comparison of Western States 2012 – 2015

I live in the Inter-mountain West and can hunt elk every year with Over-the-Counter (OTC) tags, but have been researching other western states for an out of state elk hunt. I gathered data from the state harvest reports

DIY Smoked Elk Polish Kielbasa Sausage Recipe

The last time we harvested an elk, we had 192 lbs of boneless meat after butchering. If that seems like a lot of meat, it is. But having that much meat presented an opportunity to try lots of different recipes and learn