By Mike Deming

From January to June every year, I’m scouring through state released statistics on hunt success, bonus/preference point requirements and draw odds for all the western states to determine where I would like to hunt in the coming year. I often hear from people not as familiar with this process, “You need a Masters degree to figure out how to go about applying and where to apply in all these states”. However, this process is essential if you would like to have a few premium tags in your pocket each and every year, especially if you don’t have a huge pocketbook to purchase governor types of tags. This entire process seems very simple to me, but I’ve got over 30 years of experience in doing this.

For the average person, the new app, BaseKamp website at has simplified this process for everyone. Eric Christensen is one of the founders of this great app and he has years of hard-core hunting experience. He built this app with the average hunter in mind. Eric says, “we want this to be the simplest process you can ever imagine.” After utilizing this app for the past few months, I can honestly say that it is exactly that. Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming are online or will be by the time the deadline to apply arrives. Utilizing the app is as simple as moving a slider across the top to match the number of bonus/preference points you currently have and you can scroll down through the pages of units and see your chances of drawing that specific tag you have been looking at for all species. It is extremely user friendly for all users and not just the computer savvy. You can get the app at Google Play Store or the App Store for Apple Devices for just $4.99 per year.