I have shot bulls in Colorado the last couple years with my bow. I may hunt Utah or Idaho this year and hopefully Montana within the next few years. Just for kicks I read some articles on Wyoming archery elk hunting as well. I made a chart describing what I consider to be the top factors to consider when hunting as well as draw dates and rifle seasons. Continue reading “What to Know about OTC Elk Hunting Opportunities in the West”
I slam into the thick web of branches. I’m soaked past my knees with muddy water and have begun to sweat in the evening air. Frustration builds as I am still two miles from camp, and those miles include dense deadfall and a marsh of alders that feels impenetrable. Continue reading “A Swampy Success Story in Colorado”
Understanding the draw process for each state can feel overwhelming. Many hunters give up and simply decide to hunt over-the-counter (OTC). But, even then it can be challenging to determine which state to hunt and which unit to commit to. This blog provides the best resources for people wanting to learn more about the process as well as a few mistakes to avoid as a beginner. Continue reading “Resources for Understanding the Draw Process and Locating Quality OTC Units”
In late October I spent a week hunting mule deer in South Dakota. Though the tag ended up being a waste of money, I learned some valuable lessons. I had assumed things about mule deer and South Dakota that ended up being wrong. Here are a few tips to help you plan a mule deer trip, and bring home the bacon. Continue reading “Keys to Hunting South Dakota Mule Deer”
Sitting in a treestand all day can be a very effective strategy or a real drag. You need to know the reason a buck would be moving at midday, what calling tactics to use, and what day offers the best weather conditions for bucks to move all day. This is our 2018 report for choosing which day to spend in the stand this November.
Right now the 2018 harvest season looks like it is going to end sometime in 2020. This creates an obstacle for both hunting and scouting deer. Typically there are not a lot of deer to see until the crops get harvested, but this year there may be no other option but to hunt standing corn and beans. Here is a game plan for the 2018 week of the October lull and plenty of standing crops.
This past season I didn’t hear a bull bugle until the 16th of September. On that day two bulls responded, but I botched both opportunities. In one case I setup too slowly and in the other I proceeded too quickly. While every hunt is unique, there are a few variables that you should keep in mind whenever you get a response. The following blog explains why the approaches I chose failed to produce a shot and what would have been a better option. Continue reading “Mistakes to Avoid When Calling Elk”
Growing up whitetail hunting I had about three hunting spots. Sometimes I would check the wind, but for the most part I just hunted a stand until I quit seeing deer and then started hunting a new location. If you are new to whitetail hunting it can be tempting to rush out to your best stands as soon as the season starts. Here are five rules you can follow to see more deer, and especially big bucks, this season.