I was a newbie who had already done a ton of research(so I thought), and through out a fishing post early on. Most people on here are more solitary minded, and that doesn't lend itself to a bunch of chatty Kathy about where we hunt. We share methods and gear tips that help all of us save money and time. All that banked time and money can be turned into your own field time. That makes a successful hunt even that much more rewarding.
I thought I had done a lot of research, but I soon found out how much more information there was that I could get on my own. Spend hours on this forum, along with a map, and you will likely pick out the clues that you are looking for. Nothing gets you credibility better than some scouting picks that shows you are in the fight for real.
I don't even tell my friends where I hunt anymore. I might give up the unit, but that is where it stops. Watching how guys like Bitterroot Bulls conduct themselves on this forum has taught me that some info a guy just needs to get on their own.
Now get after it, and good luck!!
If you have picked out a unit, dissected it to the point you have a few areas, its real easy to simply ask if you can run those areas past guys who hunt that unit. Chances are you'll find out if you're on the right track and often they'll thro in a cpl spots.
Some great info here from some of us old guys....
Wonder if the OP is even following along at this point and doesn't it irk you to no end when somebody starts blasting out info on an area that you've busted your butt to learn over the years?
Some great guys on here, I admit to some begging at one time or another myself...
I too am new to posting on this forum, but I have been reading and gaining knowledge religiously here for months. I'm from southeast Texas and am about as far from mountains, mule deer, and elk as you can get but have a burning desire to hunt them. I got bit by the mule deer bug last winter when I went mule deer hunting with an outfitter and was fortunate enough to take a very respectable first mule deer. I've hunted whitetail here in Texas for years, but that's grown old and I'm wanting to start doing DIY hunts in the west but was overwhelmed by the daunting task of narrowing down an area to even start looking at. This post alone has taught me a ton. Thank you WapitiBob for the link to your post on the other site. It will be a wealth of knowledge for me and a lot of help to learn how to internet scout areas that are too far for me to even consider a scouting trip to before I get there on my actual hunt. It doesn't get said enough, but thank you guys for sharing the info you do, even if it gets read and used by guys that probably don't deserve it like me that don't have a whole lot to share or contribute. I'm going on my first DIY hunt this year, probably in southeast Montana, and look forward to sharing anything I pick up that y'all could possibly gain from. Take care and good luck out there!
It's the new generation. They want it quick and easy, and they want it now! What did we do before the internet? Oh yeah, I remember. We worked hard, and did it ourselves. It still works.
I've noticed ppl aren't as tight-lipped about units they may only be able to draw once in their hunting lifetime.