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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BackcoutryChronicles is Guest on Sizzlin Arrow Outdoors Podcast

I was first introduced to Paul Rhoades several months ago by a mutual friend. Paul owns  a company called Sizzlin Arrow Outdoors which currently has a Pod Cast

Western State Elk Harvest Comparisons for 2021 Elk Hunt

Every year when I rank Western States by the total number of elk harvested at the state level, Colorado always wins. When I rank harvest data by hunter success or by fewest hunters, Wyoming always wins. I used to rank data from the last year harvest data were available, but have changed to a three […]

2021 Big Game Hunt Application Deadline in Western States

This is another reminder so you don’t miss the application deadlines to hunt your favorite big game animal in your favorite western state again in 2021. Different states have different species of big game

5 Western States with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags for Non-residents for 2021

By now, it shouldn’t be a secret that you can do a DIY elk hunt 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?

DIY Western Elk Hunt for $1,000 Budget in 2021

This post is based on a chapter from my DIY Elk Hunting Guide and is updated every year to reflect changes in license fees and fuel costs. 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 Colorado with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags in 2021

Want to hunt elk every year in Colorado without having to draw a tag? Residents and Non-residents can buy Elk Licenses Over-the-Counter (OTC) in many GMUs in Colorado

Top 20 Colorado OTC Elk Units to Hunt for 2021

The most common questions I get from first time hunters and from out of state DIY elk hunters is about how to find the “best” hunting units. I usually ask them what does “best” mean to them. I think most people mean easy. Some elk hunts can be easy, but don’t count on it. Chances […]

Hunt Elk in Idaho with Over-the-Counter Tags in 2020

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

2019 Utah Antlerless Elk-Control Permits

The Utah Division of Wildlife began issuing antlerless elk-control permits for the first time in 2014 for units that were above the population objective. These permits provide additional opportunities

Top 25 Montana General Elk Rifle Hunt Districts for 2019 Elk Hunt

In previous posts I have ranked the archery and rifle hunt districts (aka hunt units) for the General Elk seasons for various western states. I would like to do the same for the General Elk season in Montana, but