Another year past and hopefully you took every advantage of getting out and enjoying the hunter’s way of life. God willing, I hopefully have a few more years left in my hunting future, but with every year that goes by, I try and cherish every sunrise, campfire, bugle, bedded buck, afternoon nap in an aspen grove, chipmunk trying to break into my tent, scooping water out of a crystal- clear mountain creek, etc. The only problem is that we don’t have enough time to reflect on those moments after the season with applications coming due immediately starting in December. Idaho general tags and Arizona OTC archery tags both go on sale the first of the month, and don’t forget Alaska applications are due this month as well if you want to secure any draw type permits there.
This is why Huntin’ Fool exists. We want to help the application process be as painless as possible by providing you with the most up-to-date information on any changes that might affect your plans for the upcoming year. It seems states are changing more now than ever with a steady uptick in applicants year over year and states trying to maximize opportunity while maintaining good, healthy, huntable populations on the landscape. These agencies are constantly trying to adapt their draw system to handle the growing popularity, so it is more important than ever to keep up to date on changes that are happening or are going to happen in future years.
That being said, there is only so much information we can cram into the magazine with deadlines looming. We try to let our members know about the rest of the information and any last-minute changes through emails and updates on our website. Make sure you have the Huntin’ Fool app and are subscribed to notifications you want. Check our website regularly for any updates that might not have been covered in the magazine. We do our best to keep our members up to date on all important changes by having multiple outlets to get the word out.
I also wanted to personally thank every one of you who takes advantage of your membership by contributing stories, photos, and hunt experiences; calling in; participating in Membership Drives; and most of all, getting out and hunting. Without hunters participating in hunts, none of this would be available for any of us to enjoy. I look forward to hearing from everyone on how your hunts went this year and what you have to look forward to in future years!