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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What’s Does it Take To Eat a Good Elk Burger?

Do you know what it takes? I was enjoying an elk burger a couple of days ago (shared this same pic on Instagram @backcountrychroniclesdotcom) and was thinking about everything involved with putting that delicious burger on my plate.

Western State Elk Harvest Comparisons for 2022 Elk Hunt

Page currently being updated… 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 […]

OTC and General Elk Tags 5 Western States 2022

This is how you can go on a DIY elk hunt without drawing a tag through lottery system.

Hunt Elk in Colorado with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags in 2022

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

2022 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 2022. Different states have different species of big game

DIY Western Elk Hunt for $1,000 Budget in 2022

When you purchase products from our links, we earn commissions from qualifying purchases 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 […]

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

5 Western States with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags for Non-residents for 2023

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?

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

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