"I don't want your honey hole, but, what canyon are the *inset animal* in and where do I camp to have the best shot at *insert animal*?" Don't ask other people for their *inset animal* areas, find your own. This might sound harsh but it's more rewarding in the end. Nobody is going to hand you their honey hole out west and just give you the golden ticket to their spot and their exact location. Over the years, I've had hundreds if not upwards of a thousand people ask me advice for hunting out west and they keep digging and trying to get more information about areas. I've seen a good area get turned into an awful one because of the information I've given out and then people spread that information. Don't tell people your area once you find it unless you don't mind it getting overrun. You might be asking yourself right now "Then why do you invite people to come hunt with you?" I invite people to come with me because I've found areas, researched, learned them, and now I want to learn new areas. I'm sure someone will spill the beans before or after they hunt with me. You can never trust anybody with your areas or information. Once you've done the entire process of research to kill an animal you'll understand why people out west are secretive about their areas. You've put hundreds of hours of e-scouting, boots on the ground, and hunting etc. just to give that information away willy-nilly? GET OnXMaps (https://www.onxmaps.com). You're about to go on a hunt that costs anywhere from $300-1,500+, OnXMaps is $30 a year, it's worth it. OnX is a valuable tool for e-scouting and knowing where you're at when the time comes for the hunt. Look at Harvest Success Rates and Draw Odds (if you want to draw a tag), and Public/Private Land Percentage. I'd start out by looking at individual state's websites. However, huntscore (https://huntscore.com/hunts) and toprut (https://www.toprut.com/maps/)are both great resources. High success rates sometimes resinate with high outfitter presence, private land, which means limited public access but sometimes these areas are easier to draw due to these reasons and you can find a small public land area that has fantastic success but it might have high hunter density. Look at average days per harvest (some states do this) and figure out how many hunters are there and how many days hunters hunt before a successful harvest. Go Shed Hunting, Small Game Hunting, Summer Scouting Trip (Fishing). Do you want to be really successful? Go on an easier hunt or scouting trip out west first. Jumping straight into Elk hunting without any information about the area or not stepping foot in the area can lead to unsuccessful hunts. I'm constantly going shed hunting in new areas, scouting new areas, and learning new areas all across the west. I'm lucky and move from job to job state to state out west. "What and where should I hunt first?" "In 2006, 47,642 hunters killed 45,615 antelope, about 60 percent of which were bucks. The Cowboy State is far and away No. 1 in the West. It has most licenses sold, the most hunter participation, highest harvest and some of the highest success rates." This is the question I receive the most from everyone! Here's a video I've made to encourage people to start out antelope hunting in Wyoming. I only spent $425 TOTAL to hunt four antelope does in Wyoming. This is including gas, tags, ammo, food, bags for processing, game bags, and a few other small things. On another hunt, I took out a few friends for their first time hunting out west. We were able to hunt for two days and made the most of it! My Jeep broke down on Day 1 and we were only able to shoot one antelope on Day 1. Luckily it was a quick fix and they had the parts in and we were back at it again on Day 2 and Olivia was able to harvest her first animal ever in one of the hardest units to hunt in Wyoming for antelope! (56% success rate). at 1:50 I asked him "How hard is it to shoot an Antelope in Wyoming?"