Welcome to Top Draw

Nonresident archery hunting application information for DIY bowhunting the Rockies.

My name is Eric Bachofner and I founded Top Draw Consulting to help DIY bow hunters like yourself apply for and draw the best hunts available in the Rocky Mountain states. We offer the most accurate, up-to-date information on the internet.

Born and raised in northwest Montana, I grew up outdoors, eventually falling hard for chasing bugling elk with a bow. The more of it I did, the more I realized I couldn’t get enough of it. So I began applying for hunts as a non-resident in as many western states as I could afford. Each year, countless hours were spent calculating true draw odds, harvest rates and trophy entries.

Though difficult at first I began to enjoy the process of compiling and crunching the numbers almost as much as drawing and going on the hunts themselves.

Each year we help bowhunters just like you find the best hunts to apply for based on your individual goals as a hunter.

I’m dedicated to providing accurate, up-to-date information for archery hunting the rockies. We cater to the non-resident, DIY hunter by providing unit-by-unit research and analysis. State-by-state, species-by-species, all is done from an archery-only hunting perspective. We break down licensing deadlines, application fee structures, draw odds, success rates and hunt dates for each available unit in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. If no archery only hunts are offered for a certain species in any state, we present all available any weapons hunt information for that species.

The key to your success in the field begins during the application season. First, determine the quality units specific to your goals as a hunter. If it’s to draw a hunt with high harvest success, apply for those units with the best drawing odds that also offer a high return on harvest. Maybe only a giant will do and you’re willing to take on steeper draw odds. Either way, our tables will arm you with the necessary information to apply for the hunt that is right for you. Each application season is a highly detailed process using only up to date harvest report information, record book entries, as well as input from local biologists. From there we sort out our chances for each permit using true drawing odds rather than simple drawing odds. This is a very important step as there is a big difference between your true odds, and simple odds. Simple odds don’t tell the whole story. They just tell you how many people applied for a hunt. They don’t account for your bonus point total or the point totals of everyone else applying in the same unit. For example, in states like Montana and Nevada, determining true odds means squaring EVERY applicant’s point totals in each unit before dividing them by your point total(also squared). It is a time consuming process but it is the only accurate way to know which units give you the best chance to draw the hunt you’re after.

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