Organizing an out-of-state — or even across-state — DIY bowhunt requires a great deal of advanced planning, homework and preparation. Hunting far from home, in new country or for a new species, is nothing like bowhunting in the home turf you know so well. This is what separates regularly-successful DIY hunters from those who annually return home empty handed. Successful hunters thoroughly investigate every conceivable contingency, while also eliminating as many unknowns as possible.
Hunting a new territory or species invariably involves a learning curve. Learning your way around can consume an entire season, while the intimacies of absorbing what type of micro habitat animals prefer within the bigger picture and how to hunt that country most efficiently may require even more time.
A lifetime of bowhunting, for example hunting whitetail from treestands, can leave you ill prepared for the demands of spot-and-stalk hunting. Knowing what you’re in for and preparing accordingly will minimize inefficiencies and allow you to hit the ground running so that you’ll begin your trip hunting instead of struggling to get in the game.
A lot of diligent work lay ahead if you’re to beat the established odds and make the most of your hard-earned vacation time.
<h2>Pick A Species</h2>The first step to any successful DIY bowhunt is setting a goal. This could constitute bigger whitetail bucks someplace like the Midwest, fulfilling that dream of witnessing firsthand the spine-tingling bugle of rutting elk, pursuing gorgeously-unique prairie pronghorn or even an Alaska caribou adventure. Each bowhunter’s dream is his own. It could be something as simple and affordable as a Texas javelina/wild boar combo or as involved and expensive as a float-trip down a lonely river for Alaska-Yukon moose. <p></p> Yet dreams are dreams and reality is reality. The reality is that money separates pipe dreams from the conceivable. I’ve tossed a pile of gear in a truck and motored down to Kansas to successfully bowhunt big bucks on public walk-in areas for less than $1,500. My Alaska caribou hunt — while a hunt of a lifetime resulting in two official Boone & Crockett bulls — cost me $3,600 — resulting in a full year of ballooning credit-card interest rates. I was obviously single and renting at the time. If you want something badly enough, start saving today.