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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5 Western States with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags for Non-residents for 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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

2020 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 2020. Different states have different species of big game

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

Top Utah General Rifle Elk Hunt Units for 2019

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

Top 25 Idaho General Elk Archery Hunt Units for 2019

In an earlier post, I ranked the rifle units and continue here and rank the top 26 elk archery hunting units in Idaho based on the most recent harvest results. Anyone planning a DIY public land elk hunt for 2019 needs to start the process for picking a hunt unit while Over-the-Counter (OTC) tags may […]

Top 25 Idaho General Elk Rifle Hunt Units for 2019

I ranked the top 25 elk rifle hunting units in Idaho based on the most recent harvest results, so those planning a DIY public land elk hunt for 2019 can start the process for picking a hunt unit while Over-the-Counter (OTC) tags may still be available.