18 May The Results are In May 18, 2015By George McQuiston General Information, Guided Hunts 0 People we know that put in for Utah draw hunts are beginning to see their credit cards hit for the respective amounts that would indicate success in drawing either a limited entry tag or one of many general season tags that require a draw now in the state of Utah. Gone are the good old days of over the counter or OTC tags in Utah. Everything is done by drawing these days. The good news is, if you do draw one of the limited entry tags, you do have a pretty good chance of harvested a “better than average” animal like this 375 inch bull taken last year in the Roadless area of the Book cliffs with Flying J Outfitters. If you are fortunate enough to draw a limited entry in the Roadless Book cliffs or Wasatch mountains limited entry area for elk or deer, you may want to contact them for success in your hunt. They also guide general season archery and rifle elk hunts in the High Uinta's wilderness area in Northeastern Utah as well as Rocky Mountain goat hunts in the Uinta's. If you are one who put in for Utah or any other state for that matter and were one of the many who did NOT draw a tag, please keep in mind that Idaho has plenty of elk and deer tags still available. It is my fervent belief that we will look back in a few years and realize that the period of time we are currently in will be called the “good old days” of mule deer hunting in Idaho. We and I imagine other outfitters as well as the general public, are harvesting exceptional mule deer bucks with OTC tags. Contact us for more info if you have not cemented your hunting plans for this fall and beyond. Related Posts Are You Going Hunting this Year? By now most of you should have gotten that “lump of coal” we call the draw results for our western big game hunting adventures. That hope of drawing for that “special” tag we seem to continually wait for. If your results looked like mine and read “unsuccessful” for all species applied, don’t lose hope. I know I have said it a lot and am saying it again…Idaho is the best kept secret in the hunting world today. There are still over the counter tags available, large tracts of wilderness landscape allowing for complete solitude away from the crowds, liberal and lengthy seasons and to the best of my knowledge, one of the only states around where you can hunt a “combo” hunt. You can hunt elk, deer, bear and even wolf and lion all at the same time so you can really stretch that hunting dollar. Trophies you ask? Idaho has been producing big bucks, bulls and boars for years and will always continue to do so. They may require a long horseback ride or a backcountry flight to find, but they are there and each year some real trophies are harvested in this great state! So if you are tired of thinking “unsuccessful” is actually a hunting season, why don’t you slip on over to Idaho and let’s go hunting! Time to Apply for Elk and Deer Tags in those OTHER States As fond as I am of all the opportunities there are to hunt in the great state of Idaho, I am the first to recognize that true hunter/sportsmen and women are always “in search of new adventure” or wanting to “explore new horizons” so they apply for hunts in multiple states in search of that elusive tag that comes with promises of trophy quality elk and deer. If we are all being honest with each other, even I APPLY in other states, but always hunt my home state of Idaho…mostly because I can’t draw a tag either! It is once again round 1 of hunting season also known as “application season”. Wyoming elk applications end January 31st with results by February 28 and Utah begins its application process on January 29 and ends March 5 with results due out by May 29. So be sure to mark in your calendar for the day you open your results envelope or email and it simply says “unsuccessful” that Idaho still has over the counter, OTC, tags and many outfitters have guaranteed elk tags so all is not lost for your 2015 hunting season if you don’t draw your “first choice” hunt. Good luck in the applications and draws and happy hunting this year! Comment (0) Comments are closed.