|Steve Barker with his Nevada Pronghorn|
The tag was drawn on 1 bonus point
I have been very apprehensive in the past in applying out of state, as many of my friends and family also are. Steve brings up some good points here that may help you out. Throughout this post, you will see photos of some great animals taken by Steve in recent years in various states. This has provided a real spark for me to want to go out of state more often! I also hope to post on this blog information about application dates and how to apply for surrounding states. I want to thank Steve for this post, I hope you enjoy it as I did!
A couple of days ago a few friends and I were fishing at the local fishing hole discussing various topics when the conversation turned to hunting and what our plans were, and what we hoped to be hunting next year. One of my good friends made a comment that left an impression on me and is the reason for this write up. Jason asked me to send in a story about a past hunt but I thought I could wrap a few of them into one. As the conversation continued we talked about hunting, family, work and how there never seems to be enough time to go hunting. A very close friend of mine said, “You’ll run out of time before you run out of money”.
|Steve with his Arizona "over-the-counter" bear|
|2011 Colorado mule deer|
Application season is upon us and every year I go through the same routine as last year. I keep a detailed journal of where I apply, my contacts from other states, units I have hunted or want to hunt, etc. I apply in multiple states (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) and for multiple species each year and try and fill in the holes with over- the-counter tags when I can. There is not enough room here to go into great detail of my plan but the important part is that I have a plan.
|2011 Wyoming bull (draw tag)|
|2011 Wyoming mule deer (over the counter)|
I have hunted a few other states as well and hope to really start cashing in on some great tags in the near future such as a deer tag in Nevada, a killer Antelope hunt in Wyoming and maybe a Javalina hunt in Arizona just to name a few. These are just a small portion of what goes into my “scheduling” each year and there are a lot of resources out there to help you out such as magazines (the Huntin fool, Eastmans hunting journal), web sites (hunterstrailhead.com) and books to help you understand draw odds and how to apply. I have found my favorite way is to just talk with friends and contacts and just go for it. The preparation and research has become as much fun for me as the actual hunt, and I have met some really good people along the way.
I am not a great hunter, and I have little luck when it comes to drawing tags, but I love to hunt and I work hard at it. Anyone can do it you just have to go for it. Good luck to all of you in the draws this year and don’t forget, “you’ll run out of time before you run out of money”.