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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How to use Harvest Data to Choose an Elk Unit for a DIY Public Land Hunt

If you were hunting elk with a local friend or family member, they should know where to hunt. But most DIY non-resident elk hunters will have to use basic hunting statistics to help choose the elk unit(s) they want to hunt.

DIY Elk Hunters – Choose an Elk Unit in a National Forest

There is no substitute for having local knowledge of an area, but few first time DIY elk hunters have that local knowledge. To increase the odds of finding elk, I recommend that first time DIY elk hunters start by hunting in one of the National Forests.

How to Choose an Elk Unit for a DIY Public Land Hunt – Part II

In the previous post, I mentioned there are four basic first steps for a DIY elk hunt. First, choose a State, Learn the Rules and the Lingo, Choose a Unit and then Scout and Prepare. I covered some factors to consider

How to Choose an Elk Unit for a DIY Public Land Hunt – Part I

I wrote the DIY Elk Hunting Guide for anyone who wants to do a DIY fair-chase elk hunt on public land and especially for those who need more information or help about selecting a state and hunt unit and planning for an elk hunt.

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