Apply, Apply, Apply! for Jan 2016

By David Virostko, Professional Hunt Advisor, License Application Specialist, January 2016

I can’t even put into words how excited I am to announce that I have recently taken the position as Huntin’ Fool’s License Application Specialist. Having run my own personal license application service for over a decade, I am extremely familiar with all of the ins and outs as well as the do's and dont's of the application game. For me, there is no better feeling than taking personal, one-on-one time and constructing an application strategy for others, tailor-made for their hunting dreams and desires. Personalization and major attention to detail is what I am most excited about doing for all of Huntin’ Fool’s License Application members.

This issue covers Arizona elk and antelope as well as all of Wyoming’s species except deer and antelope. The big news with Arizona this year is obviously the splitting of the available non-resident tags, allowing the potential for non-residents to draw a random tag in a highly coveted area without having maximum points. I preached a little about this in my Soapbox at the beginning of this issue, so you know my feelings about the way things are now. However, what’s done is done and all you can do is adjust your strategy to accommodate. It will be really interesting to see what the public does in how and where they apply now. It’s more important than ever to rely on the pros, like Huntin’ Fool’s License Application Department, to maximize your opportunity in Arizona. Just look at this issue’s cover to see what Arizona can grow in the elk department. I have hunted or spent time in many of Arizona’s elk units over the years, and I will go to my grave applying for elk in Arizona. From rifle to muzzleloader to archery, there are countless opportunities for all styles of hunters and all ranges of expectations from a hunt.

Wyoming is home to some phenomenal hunting, and it’s one of the rare states where I personally apply for Mountain goat. I do this because there are no points, so you are on the same playing field as everyone else. Your odds typically don’t get any better than that. I also have maximum points for elk in Wyoming and plan on going after one of the more sought-after later rifle hunts as I have always wanted to head into the Thoroughfare or some other wilderness for a late season migration hunt. If Mountain goat, sheep, moose, bison, or elk are on your bucket list, you need to think seriously about applying for Wyoming.

The application game and applying for tags has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I currently have, or have had, points in all western states and nearly all species in those states. I also have points in a few eastern states. My personal hunt portfolio is one that can seem intimidating, but I learned a long time ago from someone who used to preach "Apply, Apply, Apply!" that if you want to win, you’ve got to first be in the game. It is my goal to treat all of Huntin’ Fool’s License Application members as part of my family. I want you to call me, I want you to email me, and I want to get to know you personally so that I can help you draw the dream hunts you have always wanted.

I am thrilled to bring all my expertise, knowledge, and passion to Huntin’ Fool’s License Application Department. Shandi and Melissa are seasoned veterans of this department, and I am honored to be working side by side with them. To all of those who are currently with Huntin’ Fool’s License Application Department, you can rest easy knowing you are in the best hands available. To those of you who have always wanted to know what it’s like to draw some of the best tags available, give us a call. We would love nothing more than to bring you in to Huntin’ Fool’s application family. I look forward to many years of working on a personal level with all of you.