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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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.

Hunt Elk in Arizona With Over-the-Counter Tags in 2017

Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) offers general and archery-only elk tags they call “over-the-counter nonpermit-tags”. Only a government agency could come up with a permit called a non-permit.

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 constantly keep track of harvest data in other western states for an out of state elk hunt. I gathered data from the state harvest reports