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    Backup Plan for Big Game Tags!

    Just curious who has a backup plan for tags you put in for and don't draw. I have some areas that I would like to hunt that are OTC or an easy statistical draw bow and rifle that I can fall back on in Idaho, Montana or Utah. It is difficult in Utah because the tag is easy to draw but never has any leftover so I have to decide ahead of time if I really want to hunt that area. I can hunt Idaho (Deer) or Montana (Montana the last several years has had leftover combo tags) archery or rifle OTC. I applied for Wyoming Deer, and plan on putting in for Nevada Deer and Colorado Deer. Draw odds are not very good for the last 2 states with 0 points. Just curious how many have a plan such as I do. Probably most of you have some type of plan just would like to know how you work it out.

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    I can tell you what I did last year, and planned to do again this year, had I not drawn for Wyoming elk.
    My buddy n I really wanted to hunt Wyoming elk, so we put in for a unit with a good chance of drawing, but did not draw.
    New Mexico n Idaho have later draw dates, so we put in for primo NM deer n lope units, then 2 primo elk units n a lesser unit with 46% ( I believe) for 3rd choice. We ended up drawing our 3rd choice elk n hunted the Pecos Wilderness.
    Had we not drawn NM, it would have been on to Idaho with the same strategy!
    If all else failed, plan Z was OTC elk in Colorado.

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    My backup plan....never enter a draw!!!! Lol. 8 years running on OTC archery here in Idaho.
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    I have a few 'back pocket' hunts for years I dont draw. OTC deer or elk in Idaho and leftover antelope or deer in Wyoming. I can always get a tag for 1 or more of those anytime. I have thought about OTC Colorado but doesnt make alot of sense to drive that far when I can hunt elk here in Idaho that are close enough to scout and I know the area some. Washington general tags are OTC and I hunt whitetails in ML season here. I hunted elk here this year too but Idaho has alot better general hunting.

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    OTC archery Roosevelt elk near home and rifle blacktail deer.

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    Make better use of my home state deer tag. I don't work at it hard enough, at least haven't last couple years. Also scout WY couple times for when I do draw.
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    Dedicated Hunter in Utah and OTC Deer or Elk in Idaho if I want something else to chase!!
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    OTC's in OR, ID, WA, CO, AK or leftovers in MT, it seems like there are so many OTC hunts near home that I'm never sure which ones to try. It helps that most of these places aren't to far of a drive for me! Any of these are not to bad of drive for you either mattdeere. I am gonna throw a AZ Javelina in the mix this year too!(it's warm and my wife wants to go with me!) Good luck in your draws, and if not have a blast with your back up hunts. I think some of these hunts have been my most memorable!

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    I've been applying for almost 20 years for 30-40 hunts/year and always been lucky enough to draw something. However, I always have a backup plan. For me Plan B is a Montana combo if there are any left after AZ final results post. Then Plan C is Colorado elk OTC in a unit I hunted next to and have researched for years. Highly unlikely I'll need either this year.

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    If you live in and only hunt Wyoming every year, no need for a backup plan.

 

 

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