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Hunting multiple states

How many of you guys/gals out there elk hunt multiple states each year? What is your favorite state to travel to elk hunt? And finally are those state user friendly in getting elk tags?

I travel to Oregon for my out of state elk hunt. They work on the preference point system but allow OTC tags as well.

 

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I do.

I do.  I often apply to New Mexico with little hope of actually drawing.  It's the only other state, along with Idaho that has no preference/bonus system, but has no OTC tags.  I'll probably hunt Wyoming next year, one of these days I'll probably go back to Montana, which I really like, but I hunted there a lot in college.  Never got to use my Idaho tag last year.  Ought be applying to Utah more frequently too.   My buddy drew a great tag in New Mexico this year on his first attempt, so at least I'll finally get to hunt New Mexico elk.

In reality though, Colorado has great elk hunting, and isn't really the raghorn state it's generally thought of.  I like it here a lot, and tags are easy to come by, so most years I'll have two tags.  It's the deer hunting that I have to travel for, as it's tough to hunt a good unit every single year out here for deer.  It's very tightly controlled and pretty good as a general rule.  And I'm going to try to kill a deer in every state except Hawaii, so I have a desire to add as many new states as I can every year.

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Re I do

This was the first year I applied to Utah and Wyoming so I'm up to 4 states including my home state of Idaho. I did not draw anything from Utah or Wyoming but got my first preference point to start the point building journey. I'll have to check more into Colorado I'm guessing it's probably not that far of a drive from Idaho anyways...

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I'll apply in 5 different

I'll apply in 5 different states and usually end up with some kind of points.  But then I will also hunt elk in 3 different states with OTC tags and on deer I usually hunt 3 states and get points in 3 others.  It is starting to become a little bit harder for alot of hunters to pun in for multipul states since a lot of them are requireing you to buy a non-resident huning license or some other kind of license before you even apply. 

As far as user frendly I don't think any of them are except for maby Colorado since there isn't a cap on OTC tags yet.  Utah is a spike only on most of the state with OTC and there is a cap set for the amount of tags sold.  Now if you want trophy potental Utah is the state to start to get points in.  With their spike only and any bull limited entry they have some big 400+ bulle in every unit of the state.  Just be ready to wait for 10 years to draw that tag.

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I'm a loser, only hunt

I'm a loser, only hunt oregon. i should start appling for utah and colorado to build points

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Right now I only hunt CO, but

Right now I only hunt CO, but I am seriously considiring putting in for WY and NM.

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im a loser too

i too am a looser !!! stuck in my home state. i have been on out of state hunts with freinds before but have never had my own non res tag in my hand, i always thought there was too much b/s to hunt as a non res,

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It really isn't that much

It really isn't that much more bs hunting out of state than is is in state for most states.  The big thing is that if you want points for the better hunts or having to buy a hunting license just to put in for a tag.  Now that is the bigest thing that gripes me.  It is like Nevada, you have to buy a license and if you don't have the time to head over for bird hunting well then it is just a wash.  Now I also put in for Arizona but I have always been able to draw a Javelina tag for the last 16 years so that isn't that bad.  Colorado if you want to save a point you need to give them $25.00, and Utah you need at least a small game license.  It is just figuring out what you want to do and then going for it.  A big example of what you can get is the Spider Bull that was shot in 2008 in Utah.  He was shot on public ground.  Granted it was shot by a hunter that had a 365 day license but he shot it during the muzzle loader hunt.  I had seen this bull in 2005 and he was a dandy then. 

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I started applying for

I started applying for multiple states for the same reason for a once in the life time bulls hunts that Idaho don't have to offer. Idaho has some nice bulls but this state is managed so everyone who pays to play has an opportunity to hunt. I don't have any problems with that because most hunters hunt to hunt they are not passing up on 6x6 like tv saying well he's only 350 we'll wait till next year. But after shooting a nice bull two years ago I guess it gave me bull fever wanting bigger.

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Multiple State

I hunt Iowa (of course), New Mexico (when I draw a tag as I did in 2010), points in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and bird hunts in South Dakota and Kansas.  We plan to start hunting Colorado on a more regular basis using some OTC units for elk and mule deer.

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All of Colorado's buck deer

All of Colorado's buck deer tags both archery and rifle are draw only.  Now there are a few units where you can draw every year but it is still a draw.  Elk on the other hand have some draw units but most of the state is OTC both archery and rifle.

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