The heavy lifting involved in any DIY big-game hunt seems to come when an animal is down, and taken literally, it does. However the metaphorical heavy lifting starts the moment you say, “Screw it, I’m going.” Once committed to an out-of-state trip, the reality of making it happen hits home.
There are a bevy of different pieces of the puzzle that need to come together to make a trip work. Fortunately, quite a few of them can be handled right now. Or at least you can start on them and hope to finish up once you hit the mountains, the sage flats, or whatever river-bottom you end up sneaking through.
These aspects of the pre-hunt planning are huge and should not be overlooked. There is no better way to not enjoy a hunt then to go ill-prepared. To take advantage of the expensive tag you’re sure to buy and the valuable PTO you’re likely to burn, follow these 10 steps during your pre-hunt planning.
- <h2>Tag Availability </h2>While visions of rutting bulls or bedded mulies are easy to daydream about, being able to hunt them requires a license. Getting a license can be easy, or it can be a two-decade, expensive wait. Obviously, if you’re planning a 2015 fall hunt right now, you need to be able to get a tag. Look for these words in your research, "over-the-counter." Or, look for "guaranteed draw" while scouring Game and Fish websites. <p></p> OTC tags are easy enough to figure out, but there are also a pile of tags out there that require an application, which makes them seem like they aren’t a sure thing. But they are. Find either, and you’ll know you can get a tag. Of course, it’s advisable to buy your tag well ahead of the hunt so you’re not waiting on the mail in the days leading up to your departure, or worse, driving all over an unfamiliar state looking for a Wal-Mart in which to buy your tag. Hit the road with your license in your pack, you’ll be happy you did.