goHUNT.com-Helping the DIY Hunter
by Travis Bertrand, Rokslide Moderator
You've been hunting your home state now for years, however the West's vast landscape and opportunity can't escape your mind. You try to pick through the information on a few fish and game websites, but you end your search more confused than when you began. Lets face it, researching a new state or even a new unit can be a chore. It is very easy to be overwhelmed with information you don't understand. Maybe you're that hunter who's been building points for years and have finally decided to cash in on that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—what unit are you going to hunt? Are you sure?
Nevada DIY Hunt Research Center
With more and more paid services out there designed to point trophy hunters in the right direction, it seems like the art and science of DIY hunt research is mostly overlooked. I personally utilize and recommend some of the available paid services & subscriptions such as Huntin' Fool and Eastmans' Hunting Journal. I also do a LOT of research on my own. It's sort of a hobby - or an obsession might be a better term. There are some "sleeper" units or up & comers that occasionally get overlooked by the trophy hunting services. Some of these units offer high quality, high success hunts with good trophy potential. Many of them can be drawn with fewer points since they're not being "advertised" to the hard-core trophy hunting crowd. Have you ever seen a hunt you were considering pop up in one of the magazines? It doesn't make the hunt any worse, but it does mean you will have more competition for the tags.
As an archer, I don't always need to hunt the best units out there to have a great hunt. A unit with lots of game and high success rates can make for a great experience. If I can find a hunt like that with good draw odds, BINGO! Over the years I've found a few gems that didn't get the respect they deserved and were not mentioned by the pros. Researching this stuff is a lot of work, but sometimes it can really pay off!
The paid services do a great job of profiling the best units around the country. It takes a massive effort to compile all of that research and knowledge and frankly none of us as individuals has the time & resources required to do a thorough job on every state. However, you can become an expert on one or two of your favorites and for those of you that live in the west, I highly recommend that you become an expert first and foremost on your home state! All the studying stats you want to do can't replace boots on the ground scouting to confirm your research. Don't run away from big bucks/bulls in your home state to hunt similar quality elsewhere at 10X the cost!
Below I have gathered the best 2012 statistics resources for nonresident hunters to research the state of Nevada. I omitted some of the resident draw & bonus point data because you guys living in the Silver State should know Nevada's new website like the back of your hand by now. For those residents that don't have it bookmarked here's the link to Nevada Division of Wildlife Hunt Statistics.
I also did not include data for mountain goat or rocky mountain bighorn because NV is not offering nonresident tags for these species in 2013. When they do offer RM sheep tags and mountain goat tags there is typically only one or two units offered to nonresidents.
Use the information provided at your own risk. Rokslide is not responsible for any errors or omissions. Please refer to the Nevada Division of Wildlife Homepage for the most up to date information.
IMPORTANT NEVADA HUNTING INFO
Big Game Application Deadline is usually the third week of April, 5:00* PM by mail*, 11:00** PM (PST) by internet**
hance Big Game Draw: 5:00 PM (PST) June 25th 2013
Breaking down Colorado’s Big Game Hunt Tables
By Guest Contributor - Kevin Clerkin
A recent post in the mule deer forum here on Rokslide got me thinking about one of my favorite hobbies – breaking down hunt draw odds and statistics. Since most of the websites that were previously providing draw odds have transitioned now to requiring a fee, I decided to put together a short tutorial on deciphering the various big game data tables that Colorado publishes. There is a lot of extra information in these tables that won’t usually come across on a fee based statistic website or in the trophy hunting magazines such as odds of drawing a tag with a second or third choice. This article will focus on the drawing odds and draw statistics for deer, elk, pronghorn, and bear. The data tables and draw process for goat, sheep, and moose are slightly different but once you have the deer/elk/antelope tables mastered, you should be able to decipher the trophy tables without to much trouble.
To start off you will need to go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife big game statistics website where all of the tables are linked. This page can be found here: CO Hunt Stats