It’s not a secret, as a local hunter/guide in my core area, I have a huge advantage over anyone traveling to my core area to hunt. This is exactly why there is a market for quality guides and outfitters, although it’s an extremely competitive market. Hunters with more money than time see the disadvantage they have after waiting 10+ years for a draw tag and they realize there is a learning curve. Often, the learning curve will take multiple failures, successes and years to over come; many times hunters never have the opportunity to hunt enough in a given GMU/Unit to climb to the top of the learning curve.
Many hunters are hesitant to apply or hunt out-of-state, because they feel like they don’t have the time nor the money to go into foreign territory and be a successful trophy hunter on their own. Non-resident UnGuided hunters are at a huge disadvantage (especially public land hunts), there is just no way of ignoring this fact.
I recently had the opportunity to talk about my 2013 UnGuided Utah Archery Elk Hunt (Monroe Mountain) on the Jay Scott Outdoors Podcast. We touched on some of the following topics, which helped me climb to a better spot on the learning curve:
- Why I applied for this unit/gmu.
- The obstacles of not having enough time or money to hunt the entire hunt or hire a guide.
- How I chose to scout and hunt.
- Why I lowered my standards, but set it higher than the wildlife manager told me to shoot for.
- Why I wanted to feel like a local hunter.
Here is episode #1 of my Utah Archery Elk Hunt. This episode is primarily of my first scouting trip and the process of getting to feel like a like a local.
Stop making EXCUSES!
You hear a lot of grumblings about DIY vs Guided hunting, it gets to the point where you realize many are wasting time worrying about stuff they can’t control. If you are truly going DIY, I applaud you for excepting a giant challenge, but do yourself a favor, don’t waste time complaining about how you chose to hunt, you do not have time to worry about anything but the task at hand.