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Whats the best diy state for elk?
Contributors to this thread:
Badlandshunter 08-Aug-17
Mainer 08-Aug-17
Fulldraw1972 08-Aug-17
svrelk 08-Aug-17
HDE 08-Aug-17
Elkwhisperer 08-Aug-17
Aspen Ghost 08-Aug-17
cnelk 08-Aug-17
Jaquomo 08-Aug-17
Badlandshunter 09-Aug-17
ELKMAN 09-Aug-17
SoDakSooner 09-Aug-17
Jaquomo 09-Aug-17
Aspen Ghost 09-Aug-17
trublucolo 09-Aug-17
ELKMAN 10-Aug-17
elk yinzer 10-Aug-17
Barrera 10-Aug-17
jordanathome 10-Aug-17
78cj5 10-Aug-17
bigdog21 10-Aug-17
BULELK1 11-Aug-17
Pigsticker 11-Aug-17
Jaquomo 11-Aug-17
ElkNut1 11-Aug-17
Looking for a diy hunt out west for elk and antelope. What state offers my best chance of drawing tags and has easy access public land.

From: Mainer
Wyoming. Colorado and Idaho also have OTC tags for elk so just buy and go. Utah also has some archery tags OTC but it's going to be a little harder hunt. Colorado offers OTC archery antelope tags for some units.

From: Fulldraw1972
Wyoming isn't OTC for nonresident elk.

I always get a kick out of best state quotes. I didn't know there was a best state for diy hunts.

There are units in Co for elk you can draw with no points. Just like there are units in which Wyoming you can draw antelope with no points. There is a reason you can draw them with no points though.

From: svrelk
The one I'm not applying for.. :)

Seriously though, a guy can do a last minute archery elk in Colorado every year... most western states require at least some prior application..

From: HDE
To me, diy means you don't hire an outfitter and not necessarily OTC.

So, you'd want to focus on state's that have good access to good units and areas.

Good areas usually require a draw, which means preference and/or bonus points. Best thing to do is look at what each state's draw system and OTC availability is and then narrow it down from there as what your best option may be.

From: Elkwhisperer

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If you don't mind spending the $100 a year membership fee call the guys at Huntin Fool. They have piles of info on the best units and states to hunt. As well as all the regulations and license availability info.

From: Aspen Ghost
Probably whichever state you can spend the most time in.

From: cnelk
The reason Colorado has 0 PP draw units is the same reason Alaska had 'Any Bull' moose units... there are a lot of animals there

But if you want a a good DIY experience, Wyoming is the place

From: Jaquomo
Some of the CO zero-point draw units are also that way because they have super low success rates and difficult access.

If you manage to find some places with good elk hunting, easy access public land, and readily-available tags, please send me a PM. I've been looking for that place for close to 50 years.

Thanks for the info.

DON'T call the Huntin Fool. Your support is destroying DIY hunting in the west one unit at a time. Your "honey hole" coming soon to a magazine near you!

From: SoDakSooner
Only problem with WYO as a DIY is their stupid prohibition of non residents in Wilderness areas. Cant speak to best but we DIY in CO almost every year.

From: Jaquomo
++++1000 ELKMAN. Huntin' Fool should be called "Huntin' Whore".

Way too many good spots found through years of legwork and personal research have been ruined by these "services". I get it that it helps someone from somewhere else who is too busy or lazy to do his own homework. But know that everyone else who is willing to pay the whore has access to the same honeypot. So that secret info you think you're getting isn't secret anymore, and you'll have plenty of company, tag point creep, etc...

From: Aspen Ghost
I figured it was called Huntin Fool for a reason.

From: trublucolo
lol AG, and people pay them. FWIW.....Colorado really sucks, er, any state but Colorado.

So called "Hunters" are actually paying them over $100 a year to SCREW them.

From: elk yinzer
Isn't there a case to be made that Huntin Fool et al just send all the idiots to a concentration of units so it preserves "underrated" units for those of us willing to put in the legwork and accept the risk of speculating on a truly bad unit?

From: Barrera
Randy Newberg has a great video on YouTube which explains the different states draw process. Watch it and might help you out. The fairest state imo is NM, but you need to play the draw odds wisely as a NR. Some good units you could draw every 2-3 yrs and get into elk. Good luck.

From: jordanathome
WY except for in wilderness where a guide is required.

From: 78cj5
The best DIY state is the one you can get the tags in.

From: bigdog21
been a few years but always had good luck in medicine bow

I like Idaho, Wyo and my home state . I think most of us got our Elk Education doing OTC bow elk in Colorado---the memories are wonderful.

I believe the more ya hunt a unit/area the better it becomes. Knowledge and experience of a unit/area play a major factor in success.

Good luck, Robb

From: Pigsticker
Such simple question that demands a complex answer. Jaq, sounds like a magazine article...

From: Jaquomo
Mike, I actually did a feature article on a similar topic two years ago. Think it was in Bow&Arrow Hunting.

Got 2000 words and a nice check out of "Hunt wherever you can get a tag, figure out where everybody else is hunting, and hunt somewhere else.."

Badlandshunter, offering that advice to you for free.

From: ElkNut1
Check out the OTC States, best teaching aid out there! They can humble you yet they are fair if you do your homework! You will get out of your hunt what you put into it!


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