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Eric Bachofner

Hunt Advisor

I was born and raised in Kalispell, Montana. I’m married to my wife and best friend, Sarah, and we have a daughter and a son. As a boy growing up in the mountains of northwest Montana, family activities revolved around camping, fishing, and hunting trips. When I was old enough to tag along on my dad on his hunts, I did so every chance I could. With each passing fall, I grew increasingly excited about the next until I was finally old enough to be the proud owner of my first deer tag. I punched my tag on a small 4-point whitetail that, as far as I was concerned, may as well have been a new world record. I’ll never forget the sense of pride and excitement that came with taking that little basket buck.

My passion for hunting continued to build, and I did as much of it as I could in my teens, eventually falling hard for chasing bugling elk with a bow. The more I did, the more I realized I couldn’t get enough of it, so I began applying for hunts as a non-resident in as many states as I could afford. Each year, countless hours were spent calculating draw odds, harvest rates, and trophy entries. Although it was difficult at first, I began to enjoy the process of compiling and crunching the numbers almost as much as drawing and going on the hunts themselves. By the end of each application season, I had a pile of information that had served its purpose for me, but I wished it could have benefitted others as well. I began sharing my information with friends as they applied for hunts and the idea to start assisting others with their applications and hunt planning was born.

As the seasons have rolled by, I’ve suddenly been hunting for three decades and researching hunts for 10 years. Success in the western big game draws has taken me all over the country, and I’ve had the opportunity to hunt muskox on Nunivak Island, Alaska, ibex in the Florida Mountains of southern New Mexico, and many points in between. I’ve been lucky enough to hunt moose, mountain goat, and sheep as well.

My favorite hunts tend to be spike camp type self-guided archery hunts. I’m drawn to the challenge of testing myself against the mountains and ultimately getting within archery range of an animal. The harder the hunt, the more gratification that comes in its success. I believe that the fruit of everything good in life begins first with a dream and then a challenge. Everything is uphill that is worthwhile. It’s not going to come to you, you’ve got to go get it.

At Huntin’ Fool, we’re big believers in chasing dreams. Thoughts of once-in-a-lifetime tags and big bucks and bulls consume our thoughts year-round. We recognize that the research that goes towards which hunts to apply for as well as a solid plan going into the hunt are vitally important in the outcome of your hunt being fulfilled in the way you’d hoped. Whether it’s planning your first self-guided hunt out west or coming up with a hunt strategy that has you finally hanging your tag on that Boone & Crocket bull, I count it a privilege to be at your service and assist you in any way I can.