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Old 01-07-2019, 02:06 PM   #1
Calebthelee
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Good afternoon GS--

Please help me out, I am a novice at the Western hunts and applying for a tag in general. I've got a couple buddies that are new at it as well and looking to go on our first DIY hunt. From reading posts on here I've already learned that I need to become a member of GoHunt--Check. I've spent several hours picking through the website and by this point have an OK understanding of Arizona and NM.

My Question--
This will be my very first DIY hunt, I've grown up on land in East Texas and on and off having leases and ranches available to hunt for WT and Mule deer in Texas. What advice do you have for a newcomer that knows not the first step? What species, state, (maybe even unit) would you recommend to a newbie to go and get his feet wet to have a good experience--if nothing else, learn a lot in the process. I've spent the last couple of years acquiring good glass as I hunt a company owned ranch that is a little over 100k acres out in Pecos county, but what else?

Any and all advice is greatly welcomed, thanks GS!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:52 PM   #2
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I'm a newbie also, but my plan is to go after wild hogs. In texas it's a year round hunt with no limits or any restrictions. I'm also thinking about trying a turtle in the spring/summer to see if the meats any good. Best of luck to you.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:08 AM   #3
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I'm a newbie also, but my plan is to go after wild hogs. In texas it's a year round hunt with no limits or any restrictions. I'm also thinking about trying a turtle in the spring/summer to see if the meats any good. Best of luck to you.
There are many in Texas where you can do hog hunts. Many people here can refer you to some reputable outfitters.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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2019 will be my third year going out west. I'm a research junkie and spend a lot of time on GoHunt as well. Normally I would recommend a Wyoming Antelope hunt for someone's first trip out west, which is what I did. Relatively easy to draw and not as much pressure as an elk hunt or a high country mule deer hunt and allows you an extra year to pick up gear/clothes that you will need. Seems like you already have some experience/gear required for Western style hunting though so I would say first you need to narrow down to what species you want to hunt first.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:56 AM   #5
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If you wanna DIY a hog hunt, check out the GRXH thread. :-)
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:11 PM   #6
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The first step is deciding what animal you want to hunt. As far as game choice for a first... well that’s all up to you and what interests you. From there you can narrow down what state and then using your gohunt membership you can figure out what unit best fits what you’re wanting to do.

As for a first DIY I wouldn’t set your sights to high, such as killing a big 6x6 elk or a booner mulie, but have goals like learning how to hunt your unit or chosen game. This will allow you to learn and not get overwhelmed and put off by it being to tough. It’s very different than Texas whitetail but man it is fun. If you’re like most people like myself, hunting out west has just about ruined hunting here for me.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:35 PM   #7
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If you get out west, camp for 7 days with no cell phone service, and don't leave early, consider that a huge success. IF you see elk (Or whatever you're chasing), count that as another win, and if you get an actual encounter, well you a years ahead of where you should be at that point.

If you have gohunt, you are well on your way. As they release their "insiders guide" you will narrow down where you want to go. Factor in drive time, and when the actual season is. For example, Colorado first rifle is a Saturday through Wednesday, so you have to take off almost two weeks if you hunt the whole time. New Mexico is M-F, so only one week.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:44 PM   #8
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I'm too green to offer real advice, but will say I really liked having this little solar charger gizmo because the Colorado mountains/OnX maps drained my cell phone battery something fierce. Plugged my battery charger block into this every morning before heading out and it was fully charged when I got back each night.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012YUJJM8
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:44 PM   #9
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If you get out west, camp for 7 days with no cell phone service, and don't leave early, consider that a huge success. IF you see elk (Or whatever you're chasing), count that as another win, and if you get an actual encounter, well you a years ahead of where you should be at that point.



Truth!

Don't get too hung up on killing an animal, I still haven't killed anything "out west" but the experience is part of it and should be relished.

If you just wanna kill something gauranteed pony up some cash and pay to go shoot one of the petting zoo critters around here, I suspect you'll find the out west experience to be much more rewarding.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:06 PM   #10
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Yes certainly not interested in just killing something. I’ve got a place to go do that. Want to challenge myself and more or less just go hunting in that country.
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