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Nonresident's Guide to Western Hunting (feature article)

February 2010 Feature Article:

Nonresident's Guide to Western Hunting - For Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

A not-so concise look at the opportunities available to those who have decided to come out West for an elk, deer or antelope hunt and don't know where to start. This won't address bighorn sheep, mountain goats, or moose as those are typically once-in-a-lifetime hunts. This is also designed for DIY hunters, not for those looking for private land or outfitted hunts, as there are various other aspects regarding transferable tags that could also be addressed. To the best of my knowledge this information is up to date and accurate. Let's take a look at each state, one at a time, the tag procurement processes, license fees, competitive advantages and disadvantages compared to other states, and various things that make each state unique.


NOTE: This article was written by Mark Richman aka: exbiologist

Please use this area to post comments or questions about this feature article.

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The author begins by saying

The author begins by saying that this is "a not-so concise look at the the opportunities available to those who have decided to come out West ...". I would say that it is certainly a great starter! There is a ton of information here that would take anyone not familiar with the western states multiplied hours to dig out on their own.

Just the dates of the seasons and the prices of the tags are a wealth of information for the average person who is considering heading out there for the first time - or even for the one who has hunted out there before, but is considering a different state. Then when you add all the information that was given here about the public access (or lack thereof), terrain, and so forth, this article really is a great help to anyone thinking about hunting in any of these great states.

I was especially intrigued with the fact that several of the states require that you purchase a general hunting license before applying for a draw. That means that if you do not draw a tag for your chosen species, you can come and hunt small game or upland birds. That might be considered a consolation for some hunters, but for those who only hunt big game, it would not be. And for those who would ony consider spending the money involved in getting out there, food and lodging, etc., it may be looked upon as a long shot gamble that didn't pay off. Assuming that failing to draw one year means t better chance the following year, it could be thought of as buying a bonus or preference point, so that might ease the sting a little.

Thanks for all the hard work that went into putting this together! Thumbs up


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