The internet has changed everything when it comes to researching your upcoming hunts. I used to receive stats and info directly from biologists, spend evenings on the phone talking to hunters, order local newspapers/magazines from areas I was researching, and wait anxiously at the mailbox for my maps. It was enjoyable but took many hours of my time. Now most of that information is at my fingertips through state game agency websites, forums, and other resources like Google Earth. However, it still takes ample time to find.
I’m a happily-married dad of three active kids and hold down about three jobs (I lose count), so it’s difficult to make time to learn everything I need to know. As a mule deer hunter, I need to hunt about 25-40 days per year to be successful on big bucks. It takes lots of research and time to find areas worth spending my time and applications. About 10 years ago, I came to terms that I need some help in the research area and maybe you do, too.
You might also be new to hunting and not really sure where to start. Forums, like Rokslide’s—which we’ve designed and moderated to be a friendly place to ask questions on everything from filling a doe antelope tag to focusing on big bull elk—are a good place to start. Many of the Rokslide members are the most helpful I’ve seen on web. However, forums do have limitations. By nature, people aren’t going to give away the areas they’ve worked hard to learn. That is OK as many of us DIY-ers like the challenge of learning an area, but you still may need a leg up on choosing a unit.
You’ve certainly noticed the ad for The Huntin’ Fool on the Rok Blog. That ad is not there just to generate income. I put it there because they can help many of you. I joined The Huntin’ Fool in 2005 because it seemed that too many times I would invest a month of research into a new place, then see nearly that same information printed in their latest mag. For the nominal charge they were asking, I could get back quite a few hours of my life, and I did.
The Huntin’ Fool has changed quite a bit the last few years with new ownership. It’s not just for trophy hunters anymore and they provide information on more states and more hunts than ever.
So if you find yourself needing help in the research department, give The Huntin’ Fool some consideration. The Huntin’ Fool is generously offering Rokslide members a free two-month no obligation trial to their services. Click on the logo below to check it out. Or if you’d just like to learn more, see my interview with Travis Roundy of The Huntin’ Fool here.
Now, the best part. I’ve arranged another Membership Giveaway for one Rok Blog member. By simply commenting below, you’ll be entered for one year of membership with The Huntin’ Fool. I’ll givaway the membership in the next 10 days so you’ll have plenty of time to utilize it as you research and apply for your 2015 hunts.
1) Make sure you’re a member of the Rok Blog (see upper right “Subscribe to blog” under Fitness/Other links.)
2) Comment below on what species you’re researching for 2015.
Coming up on the Rok Blog: Why I lab-age all my mule deer bucks