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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Top 20 Colorado OTC Elk Units to Hunt for 2019

The most common questions I get from first time, 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 are, you should […]

Hunt Elk in Utah with Over-the-Counter Permits in 2019

Utah’s General Elk Season permits are not called “Over-the-counter (OTC) permits but they are available OTC for both residents and non-residents on a first come first serve basis.

Hunt Elk in Colorado with Over-the-Counter Elk Tags in 2019

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

2016 Western Elk Harvest – 7 Western States with OTC Tags

The 2016 elk harvest data for elk are finally available for the six of the seven Western States with over-the-counter (OTC) elk tags and

Liver Mush – DIY Make it Your Own Self

Liver mush (aka liver pudding) has been my favorite breakfast meat since I was a child. Few of my childhood friends seemed to know what it was, so I realized then it was not eaten by all southerners. What a shame,

No More Excuses for Hunting without a Rangefinder

I’ve written several articles about how distance estimation effects shooting (see list at end of post) and have bought, used and trained field biologist about how to use a variety of range finders.

Backcountry Chronicles is a Guest on The Open Air Project Podcast

Several weeks ago, I got an email from Coty Soult and Steve Sunderland of The Open Air Project asking me if I would like to be on one of their podcasts. I listened to their introductory

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