For the first time ever, see and compare OTC hunts by harvest success

Over the counter harvest success added to INSIDER
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We just added another powerful feature to INSIDER that will greatly benefit you in finding additional hunting opportunities across the West. Let’s face it… everyone hunts over-the-counter (OTC) units and it can be very difficult to find the best place to hunt. Now it’s even easier to find the perfect OTC unit to hunt. For the first time ever you can see and compare OTC hunts by harvest success.

How will this benefit you while researching hunts?

The best way to become a better hunter is to hunt more and the easiest way to do that is to go on OTC hunts. These hunts can be done each year, and if you're like most of us, that's not a bad thing at all. I typically like to bank on hunting certain OTC units each year. Hunting the same OTC unit year after year allows me to hone in on the best hunting spot in that unit. After a few years of hunting the same OTC unit, you pretty much know the best areas to concentrate on. 

Since we have added OTC harvest success, hunters have a huge advantage in trying to find the best OTC unit or even narrow down several OTC units by trophy potential, male to female ratios and now harvest success. This allows you to pick the best unit based on your prefered hunting criteria. This new tool even has me looking at scouting new units for this fall... scouting just got a lot easier! 

What states are available with this new filter?

Only the states that have true OTC hunts will have this filter. So this does not include leftover tag units because those are covered in the normal filter. The states where you can now filter by OTC harvest success are: Arizona, ColoradoIdaho and Utah

Video example of the new OTC harvest success filter


Arizona

The new filter provides more research data for OTC archery mule deer and Coues deer hunts. With a lot of the season dates in Arizona set up later than your typical archery season, this is the perfect state to expand your hunting season. You will see a huge benefit using the OTC Harvest Success filter for Arizona when you are fine tuning what unit to hunt. The harvest success data is shared among all three season dates for a particular unit.

Arizona mule deer harvest success on Filtering 2.0

You can easily filter this information by all OTC hunts for a certain species. Clicking the links below will take you directly to the OTC harvest success filter for that species on Filtering 2.0.

Arizona OTC Harvest Success Data

Species Season
Coues deer Archery OTC
Mule deer Archery OTC


Note: Harvest success in Arizona includes any available OTC hunts in a unit. Arizona Game and Fish Department does not separate data for multiple dates.

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Colorado

The new OTC harvest success filter provides more research data for antelope and elk hunts in Colorado. You can easily filter this information by all OTC hunts for a certain species or by each weapon type. Clicking the links below will take you directly to the OTC harvest success filter for that weapon type on Filtering 2.0.

Colorado OTC Harvest Success Data

Antelope Elk
Archery OTC Archery OTC
  2nd Rifle OTC
  3rd Rifle OTC


Idaho

The new OTC harvest success filter provides more research data for elk, mule deer and whitetail hunts in Idaho. 

Idaho filtering by weapon choice and harvest success

You can easily filter this information by all OTC hunts for a certain species or by each weapon type. Clicking the links below will take you directly to the OTC harvest success filter for that weapon type on Filtering 2.0.

Idaho OTC Harvest Success Data

Elk Mule deer Whitetail
Early Archery OTC Archery OTC Archery OTC
Late Archery OTC Muzzleloader OTC  
Early Muzzleloader OTC Short Range Weapon OTC  
Late Muzzleloader OTC Rifle OTC  
Early Rifle OTC    
Late Rifle OTC    

 

Utah

For Utah, the new OTC harvest success filter provides more research data for the limited number of OTC elk hunts. You can easily filter this information by all OTC hunts for a certain weapon type. Clicking the links below will take you directly to the OTC harvest success filter for that weapon type on Filtering 2.0.

Utah over-the-counter harvest success

Utah OTC Harvest Success Data

Elk
Archery OTC
Muzzleloader OTC
Any Legal Weapon OTC

 

Example of what you'll see on Filtering 2.0

Over the counter harvest success view on Filtering 2.0

Accessing the OTC harvest success information on Filtering 2.0 is exactly the same as other filters.

Steps to take in your research:

  • Navigate to either Arizona, Colorado or Idaho in Filtering 2.0
  • Select a species that has an OTC season
  • On the right hand side of Filtering 2.0, select “Select Season(s)” and find the OTC season you're looking for
  • Click Done
  • Next navigate to the left column
  • On top next to the state and species you selected there is a drop down box that says “Default” click that and select “Harvest %”
  • Filtering 2.0 will now sort all the OTC units in that season you selected from highest to lowest harvest success

Example of what you will see on the unit profiles

We have two new graphs available on each of the unit profiles that has OTC harvest success data. Each of these graphs are available under the “Species within this Unit” section.

Hunters Surveyed and over the counter harvest success graphs
On the left side is a graph showing the number of surveyed hunters. This is useful because a lot of times not all hunters are surveyed who hunted that OTC unit. So this will help get a baseline for the data. On the right side is a graph showing OTC harvest success. This is very valuable in determining if this unit might be worth your time to hunt. This information is available for every weapon type.

If you're unfamiliar with the amount of hunting research tools that are available to you with goHUNT's INSIDER, you can read more below.

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