My first out of state hunt was a big threshold that I crossed. I had hunted elk most of my life. At 9, I went on my first elk camp trip and I had been into archery that long as well.
I was 21 years old and had hunted my home state quite a bit. I’d even made multiple trips around Oregon with family and friends on various hunts. For the most part, at the time, I didn’t personally know anyone who was hunting out of state, but I had heard about these two guys who got their Oregon elk and then bombed over to Idaho to hunt there. I remember the light bulb going off in my head and thinking, “Wait a minute! You can just go there and hunt elk too?!”
That next winter, I pulled up the Idaho Fish and Game Hunt planner on their website and proceeded to start down a rabbit hole that might have been a key turning point in my life. As a kid, I remember laying in my bed looking at the Oregon game regulations and studying all the dates and tags to see how many hunts I could get. I was trying to have the most amount of days in the woods. As I dove into the Idaho Hunt planner though, this was on a whole new level. An entire state to comb through and figure out! I spent hours upon hours trying to plan my first out of state hunt, and I will never forget purchasing that first non-resident elk tag.
I ended up hunting by myself. Between no one else having the time off or just not wanting to “waste” that much money on an elk tag, I couldn’t convince any of my friends to go. With no chance to really scout anything, I showed up with a lot of ambition and zero direction.
That hunt turned out to be one the best elk hunts I have ever been on. It tested me in every way possible. I followed a herd bull for hours in a hurling rainstorm, wearing nothing but some cheap-o, Bi-Mart camo rain gear. I was so close so many times, but just never got an opportunity. After being completely soaked and dejected, I almost threw in the towel and headed home. After driving to town and getting a burger, I thought, “I gotta give it one more try.” I slipped into the same area I had left the herd that morning, and with a stroke of luck that bull stepped out. He offered me a shot as soon as I bumped into the herd. I could hardly wait the 30 minutes to start looking for blood, and when I came over the hill, I was looking at the first true herd bull I had ever taken. It was a long night, with wind blowing sideways and rain beating me down. The next morning when I woke up, the sun was shining down and I didn’t own a dry piece of gear. I built a fire to dry things out, and made a huge breakfast before heading in to get my last two loads of meat. I will never forget that “having done it” feeling that morning. When everyone doubted me, when I had no idea what I was doing, when I had no one to show me how to do it or where to go, I killed my biggest bull to date, by myself, in a completely new state.
This hunt opened my world and started me on a journey to find the next thing, to travel to new places, and ultimately, it really showed me that I can pick a spot and go anywhere.
Fast forward to today, and many of my best hunting memories are choosing somewhere completely new and figuring it out.
I get tons of questions from you guys, listeners of the podcast, about planning your first elk hunt or planning an out of state hunt. While podcast provides loads of information, I wanted to really take it to the next level. What if I could take a hunter, one of you guys–a listener of the show, and show you from start to finish how to be effective? From how I look at choosing a unit and why, to how to e-scout, and how to make a game plan without ever setting foot in the unit. You and I will both have no idea where to go, but we are going to find elk and get one killed. I want to show you how to not only call elk but how to call elk in that area, how to hunt that area, how to find elk when they disappear. I want to show you how to call elk solo and how to call elk as a team. I just think it would be so cool if I could take a listener and show them exactly how to do it, and then, when we have two dead elk on the ground, that’s your spot. You can come back and hunt that unit as long as you want.
Don’t get me wrong. This is in no way, shape, or form a canned hunt. In fact, things are most likely going to go wrong. At some point, you will probably even be wondering how I have managed to ever kill a single elk. But damnit, we are going to have fun. We are going to find screaming bulls, and my one goal (outside of having an epic hunt) is to get a bull to scream in your face so hard you forget how to use your bow.
So, between now and June 5th, we are running the Hunt Giveaway Sweepstakes for one of you to come on a full-blown, week-long elk hunt with me this September. This giveaway is going to be exclusive to one of our Patreon supporters, those diehard listeners who have supported the show and help keep the mic on. I know there is still a little confusion about the whole Patreon thing and if you are one of those confused folks, go listen to EP 313
Think of it as a custom feed that gives you all access to the podcast just like you listen to it now, but without ads and with epic giveaways, monthly Q&A sessions, and a lot more.
Here are the details of the Hunt Sweepstakes:
First off, you must be a Patreon supporter.
When you head over to Patreon.com/therichoutdoors and become a Patreon supporter, there are two options. Tier 1 is the Woodsman. It’s $5 a month, and with that, there are all kinds of benefits. For the sweepstakes, in particular, you will get 1 entry every month that you are a member.
If you choose Tier 2 and become a Jeremiah Johnson, for $15 a month you will get a pile of extra bonuses, but in addition to that, you will also get 3 entries toward the sweepstakes for every month that you are a Jeremiah Johnson.
It’s as simple as that! On June 5th, Wapiti Wednesday, we are going to choose 5 random names from those entries. From there, those 5 will have 10 days to make a video telling us why they think they should win the hunt.
Now, you are probably wondering why we don’t just choose a random name. I want the person who wins this hunt to truly be excited about it and really want to learn and want to be there. So, if you want to learn how to elk hunt, and you want to go on a hunt with me, go over to our Patreon page and become a Patreon supporter. The bonus is you get access to Wapiti Wednesday and Muley Monday all year long.
Also, please see the official term and conditions, which I will link to in the show notes. For this sweepstakes, you must be a U.S. citizen and the sweepstakes are void where prohibited.
No purchase necessary to be entered and purchase does not increase your odds of winning.
See official terms and conditions for details.