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    Focus on one specious. Just because you have a elk and deer tag doesn't mean you should be hunting both. Not focusing on one or the other will most likely lead to to neither.
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    be prepared for it to suck! lol, but kind of seriously.


    Expect not to find animals all over or right away where you think they should be...

    expect to find many hunters.

    strongly consider what your minimum size trophy you'd take will be...

    this isn't TV, booners aren't everywhere,


    trophy big game hunting on public land DIY isn't usually easy... to be successful.

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    Work out and get into better shape before you ever attempt a western diy hunt. By far the most important thing to me being a flatlander.

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    Theres no air out there lol i live at 750 elevation lol

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    350 ft here!

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    Everyone has given great advice and tactics if I was to sum it all up it would be , be the best boyscout you can be.

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    Just do it ! Years before my 1st hunt I stressed and planned and worried about when I should go and how much I should spend. I had a good friend that had hunted in Montana for years. He told " just do it ! do not keep waiting because if wait until you really think you can not only afford but actually accomplish it you may never do it or you will waste years that you have been hunting. Took his advice and have been hunting out west almost every year since 1993. I wish I had gotten this advice 10 years prior ! All the information given is great and needs to be considered, shooting, equipment, planning, research, ect... but just do it !

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    Trim your toenails short. If not, you will wish you had...

    Pack your cell phone and camera in a ziploc bag. Maybe throw some rice or a desiccant bag in there if it's going to be rainy.

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    Don't camp at 13,000 your first time out west. Maybe check the weather and yes you may need a tent. My first trip was to the top of Pole mountain in unit 76 in Colorado without a tent and It came a snow storm, about 18 inches. I did have como with my family base camp. Really wasn't that bad.

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    Don't expect the area or terrain to look like it does on google earth. What looks like really promising a spot on the computer tends to be a lot different looking when you get there, so have plenty of backup spots so you aren't let down when you get to your "honey hole" you found by satellite imagery.

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