Planning a Backcountry Hunt – Part 2

SOLO – Adventure Planning

This situation is much easier to plan because you only have to worry about one person’s schedule, physical condition, expectations, and attitude. You will decide the success of your hunt no matter where you go, and you won’t feel the pressure of trying to make sure everybody is happy.

  • The first step in deciding where to go is to decide on some goals, and write them down. If your goal is not written down, then it is only a wish. A goal must be written down. Wishes are subject to “someday” while goals have a definite date and a plan. What is your goal? What do you want to experience?
  • I want to give you a word of caution right now. DO NOT set your goal around an animal’s antlers. If a trophy of a lifetime is your goal, then you are setting yourself up for disappointment, and you are probably not hunting for the right reasons. Instead, build your goals around the experience and the adventure. Adventure never disappoints.


I suggest looking for a hunt in some country that you have always dreamed about visiting. By planning a hunt in some wild country that you  would love to explore, you will begin to get feelings of anticipation, and excitement that will only build as you get closer to going on this adventure. Most men get a rush from planning like this, and in the process, you begin to see why the old mountain men and pioneers loved to adventure out West. It gets in your soul.

A big advantage to planning a back-country hunt, based on geographical location, is that this process automatically narrows your search parameters. For example, if you have decided that you would like to go the back-country of Montana, then you only need to research Montana’s hunting regulations and outfitter options. One of the best tools available for hunters, to help them plan a back-country hunt, is a Hunting Consultant. The mission of Hunting Consultant businesses is to assist hunters in choosing the perfect destination to accomplish their hunting goals. There are a few of these businesses that I can heartily recommend and will happily do so if you contact me via the “Contact” link at top right.

Many of my clients over the years have been sent to us via hunting consultants. Since their first hunt with us, most of them have returned every year or every other year. This demonstrates the value of a properly planned hunt. To return to the same outfitter, year after year, shows that you really love the hunting adventures which they provide.


Thayer Rivers, is one of my return clients who found our outfitting business via a Hunting Consultant. We have had many hunting adventures together since. If your hunting goal is based on a certain species of animal, that also can narrow your search parameters quite a lot, depending on what species you choose. For example, if your goal is to hunt Caribou, then you first need to decide which sub-species of caribou you want to hunt. Mountain Caribou are hunted in different country than Barren-Ground Caribou, so the geographical location of your hunt can be narrowed down tremendously by choosing the exact type of animal you want to hunt. This method of choosing your hunting destination is really only effective if you are looking to hunt an exotic (to us in the lower 48) species.

If your goal is to hunt Rocky Mountain Elk, then your search area will cover most of the Western United States and Western Canada, so you can see that it is necessary to narrow down your search parameters as much as possible. Regardless of the location you choose, or the outfitter you choose to book a hunt with, if you are hunting solo, there will always be room for you. The same cannot always be said for hunting as a group. Which brings me to my next point.

Next:  GROUP – Adventure Planning – (3)

About TAC

I grew up in southwest Montana on a 325,000 acre cattle ranch, and am an authentic cowboy who can ride colts, rope cattle, pull a breeched calf, build fence, and shovel manure. My passion since I was a little boy has been the outdoors, especially guns and hunting. I have been guiding hunters for around 10 years now, and I love it. I am an ordinary guy who believes that every adventure is extraordinary. Come along and share the experience!

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