Join us for Archery Country's first ever Western Big Game Hunting Seminar with the CEO of Huntin' Fool, Jerrod Lile!
Locations & Schedule of Events
Archery Country Rogers, March 22, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
- 4:00-6:00 p.m. Reps talk with customers
- 6:00 p.m. Jerrod Lile Seminar
- 7:00-9:00 p.m. Reps talk with customers
Archery Country Waite Park, March 23, 3:00-8:00 p.m.
- 3:00-5:00 p.m. Reps talk with customers
- 5:00 Jerrod Lile Seminar
- 6:00-8:00 p.m. Reps talk with customers
Archery Country Brainerd, March 24, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
- 12:00-2:00 p.m. Reps talk with customers
- 2:00 p.m. Jerrod Lile Seminar
- 3:00-5:00 p.m. Reps talk with customers
Reps in Attendance
Sitka, Mystery Ranch, ScentLok, Vortex Optics, Leupold, Muddy Blinds, Rambo Bikes
Jerrod Lile, Huntin' Fool CEO Seminar Topics
Our Guest Speaker, Jerrod Lile will be focused on helping attendees develop a complete strategy for obtaining tags and planning hunts for western big game. Jerrod is the CEO of the Huntin’ Fool, a 24 year old membership based organization that specializes in researching and breaking down hunting opportunities for more than 26 North American species in 21 different states. Jerrod’s goal is to help hunters of all experience levels plan and execute bucket-list hunts so that they can make the most of their precious time in the field each fall. Seminar topics will include the following:
Planning a Western Hunt (High Level Overview)
- Why Wait?
- Do-It-Yourself, Semi-Guided, or Fully Guided?
- Cost – How much should I budget?
- Time – How much will I need for a realistic chance?
- How do I get a tag?
Breaking Down the State Tag Allocation Systems
- Over-The-Counter Tags (OTC)
- Opportunity Hunts
- Random Draws
- Bonus Point Draws
- Preference Point Draws
- Hybrid Draws
Species Overviews – What Can I Hunt and How Hard is it to Get a Tag?
- Elk – Rocky Mountain Elk Emphasis
- Mule Deer
- Sheep – Bighorns, Dall, and Stone Sheep
- Other Once-In-A-Lifetime Species (Shiras moose, mountain goat, and bison)
Application Strategies for Every Budget and Timeline
- How to maximize your budget for the species you want to hunt
- How to break down states into short-term, medium-term, and long-term draw strategies to simplify your choices
- How to make a family plan
Huntin’ Fool’s Toolbox – How Can We Help?
- Research tools
- Draw Odds
- One-on-one consultations
- Logistics – What gear, equipment, permits, permission, and planning should I have done in advance?
- Resources – Topics range from how to properly talk to a state wildlife biologist to digital scouting tools that make a huge difference on your hunt.
- License Application Service
- Landowner Tags – what are they, how much do they cost, and how can I get one?
Live Questions and Answers
I was fortunate to be raised by a mom and dad who were willing to take on any adventure that crossed their paths. As a result, I had lived in seven different western states by the ripe old age of 13. That lifestyle led me to realize that if you aren’t exploring the wild places this world has to offer, you’re missing out. I use hunting as my main excuse to seek out new adventure and explore that world as often as I can. My hunting travels have enabled me to hunt and/or scout 13 different states in addition to a bowhunting trip in Africa. Some of my favorite experiences have occurred on the two self-guided moose hunts I’ve shared with a good buddy in Alaska.
I have been researching hunting opportunities in my own unique ways for years as I’ve always believed that being prepared is one of the most important ingredients for success in the field and protein in the freezer. I find that the research component is nearly as much fun as a hunt, and I love to share that knowledge with fellow hunters who are seeking to satisfy their thirst for adventure in the mountains. I focus most of my hunt time and research on tags that are either over-the-counter or available with a three-year or shorter waiting period to draw. I love to hunt every year and I refuse to sit around waiting for hard to draw tags.
In addition to my opportunity hunts, I’ve been applying for tags with long draw odds for 15 years now and I can honestly say it was worth it. I’ve drawn several great tags during that time, and I am poised to draw a bunch of great tags in the next 10 years. The moral of the story for me is to create a hunting and application strategy that puts me in the field every year while I pursue those hunt-of-a-lifetime opportunities that often take years to draw.