Introduction to Bivouac and Backcountry Bow Hunting

The backcountry bowhunter who wrote this article is extremely knowledgeable on the bivy style hunting. Here is a teaser from last years first post on his blog.

South Cox’s goal in his blog is to help us learn the ropes of backcountry hunting. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or have never spent the night out in the wilderness, I think there will be something for everyone. I invite your questions, comments and critiques. The first several entries I plan on covering gear choices in greater detail than I was able to cover on the podcast. After that Ill go into some specifics about mule deer hunting in the alpine. As I get input and feedback, the blogs will likely take off on other tangents of the readers interests.

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ElkNut’s Playbook Review

ElkNuts PlayBookOver the years I have read a lot of books, magazine articles and forums on elk hunting. I have also watched waayyy too many TV shows and DVDs, according to my wife. Elk hunting is becoming a passion of mine and I try to gain as much information that I can. This book will reside e right next to my other 2 favorite books Backcountry Bowhunting by Cameron Hanes and Bugling for Elk by Dwight Schuh. Now, if I could just get them both to sign my books for me! [Read more…]

More Research Resources

Another very useful from South Cox on some additional research resources to assist you in gathering information on the area(s) that you will need to hunt, once you decide on the type of country that you want for your backcountry hunt.

Though Ive been guilty of disregarding my own advice in the past, one thing you never want to do is go off of just one source when you are spending 10 days of valuable vacation time.  I always try to back up a hot tip by cross checking it through other sources.  Regardless of whether you’re able to collaborate the information or not, I always like to have a back-up plan.  A couple of years ago I hunted a new spot in Colorado with a few other friends in the hunting industry.  Everything we’d heard about the place was exactly what I’d wanted to hear, remote, tough access, alpine and the guy we’d learned about it from had reliable first-hand information.  The prior year a couple of buddies had both taken big bucks out of the same spot during rifle season and had seen a ton of bucks.  The hike in was a killer, as tough as any I’ve made in recent years, and we even had llamas packing in the bulk of our gear.  Opening day, we collectively saw one doe and I saw 2 mountain lions.  We pulled out without a backup plan and only ended up filling one tag out of 4 deer tags and 4 elk tags.

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ElkNut’s PlayBook Update!

ElkNuts PlayBookThis is the latest update on ElkNut’s Playbook that I have received from Paul.  The publishers worked through this past weekend & assure him that he should have several hundred of them by Friday & they will start shipping them out immediately. Everyone should have their PlayBooks next week for sure in their hands! All inside pages are 80# weight & gloss coated to help as much as possible against moisture damage. The outside cover is also glossy with an extra UV coating at 110# weight. They did this for the best possible durability within reason. Paul also had the font size enlarged to a #-10, he wanted a bit larger print for guys that are wiser! (half blind) He also opted for a durable core binding instead of stitching or glues. The reason for this is so you can open it up where they may need to quickly & it will stay open right there & not try to close on you! There are several blank pages in the middle & back of book for notes. Those pages say “notes” on them. They did their best to really put out a nice long lasting PlayBook!!! They wanted a Cadillac not a Volkswagen! Maybe that’s why it’s taking longer than expected?

This is book has gotten me gitty as a school girl!!!

ElkNut PlayBook for Elk Hunting!

ElkNut's PlayBookIf  you follow a few hunting forums some of you may know of ElkNut (Paul) as a very knowledgeable guy when it comes to Elk hunting and communication of Elk.

He plans on releasing the book on a CD as well, scheduled for mid-March.

He is a stand-up guy who provides customer service, second to none!

This is an overview from Paul on “ElkNut’s PlayBook” [Read more…]

Gathering information on hunting area(s)

Another very useful from South Cox on how to gather information on the area(s) that you will need to hunt, once you decide on the type of country that you want for  your backcountry hunt.


Once you have decided on the type of country you want to hunt, the search for such an area that holds the quality and quantity of animals you are looking for can begin.  Such a search can seem daunting at first, but if you break your sources down into groups, it’ll make your research process much more organized.  I’ve got a file drawer that I’ve got files for each state.   As I’m reading hunting magazines throughout the year, I’ll cut out relevant information and drop it in the file for that specific state.  The internet has become an invaluable tool for digging up information and using it to research a hunting area gets you 24/7 access to information.  I’ve gleaned a lot of valuable tips out of the online forums.  Viewing them post-season will give you some insight to what kind of quality other hunters have been taking.  Some openly reveal what unit they have taken an animal in, others may be willing to help out with a private mail inquiry.  A lot of general information can be found about specific mountain ranges or wilderness areas as you begin to narrow down your search.  Ask about deer numbers, recent winter kill and how many other hunters a person ran into while on their hunt.  Use this information as just one piece of the puzzle.  If you get a good lead, you’ll want to follow up on it with some of the phone contacts you’ll be making later in the process.   Print out information that you deem valuable and add it to your growing file.  


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