Plan Your Season With onX Hunt

Make the most of the upcoming hunting seasons by using onX Hunt during application season.

Application season is here, and deadlines are looming for many key states. Although some deadlines have come and gone, hunters around the country are still putting together their lists of dream hunts and hoping luck is on their side. We’re doing the same in the onX office. Anticipation runs high, and with the arrival of March we’re very ready for spring, summer and then what comes after.

We spend a lot of time staring at maps daydreaming of where our future hunts will take us, and a considerable part of that process is looking into application deadlines. While it’s not inclusive of every state and species deadline, here’s a look at some of the most popular states and species we’re exploring:

onX Hunt graphic showing draw deadlines for big game species in key Western states.
onX Hunt graphic showing draw deadlines for big game species in key Western states.
onX Hunt graphic showing draw deadlines for big game species in key Western states.

Scouting and knowing an area plays a big part in deciding where to hunt. While it helps if you know the area you’re putting in for, sometimes that’s not possible. Scouting good hunting land is much easier on a big screen using Web Map—the web version of the onX Hunt App. Web Map, which works on all modern browsers and is available to everyone with an onX Membership at no additional cost, allows you to view the fine details and see the big picture. Data saved on the web, such as Waypoints, line distances and more, syncs seamlessly across all devices that are logged into the same account.

onX Hunt Web Map page showing Montana game management units.

Other onX features make the process of exploring your hunting unit easier: public / private land boundaries let you see how much of a hunting unit is public land and find legal access to that land. Our Topo Basemap lets you gauge the difficulty of the terrain, and it’s easy to switch GMU (game management unit) sublayers to find the specific GMU boundaries for the species you are looking for. Use one of our many other curated layers designed to help hunters in both the planning and in the field phases of their seasons.

Here at onX, we’ll have Web Map pulled up one one screen or tab, then pull up the state agency on a second screen or tab. It’s easy to explore and study hunting units within Web Map, then apply for the same unit directly on the state game management agency’s website.

onX Hunt Web Map page with hunting GMU used with Montana FWP web page for application season.

Once you know where you’re hunting, it’s time to dig into resources such as E-Scouting with Randy Newberg. This video series includes episodes such as Hands-On E-Scouting With onX, Pre-Rut E-Scouting Using onX, Post-Rut E-Scouting Using onX and Late Season E-Scouting Using onX. In each episode, Randy walks through how he uses the onX Web Map for e-scouting in each of these particular scenarios.

E-Scouting with Randy Newberg and onX Hunt.

Ready to apply for that dream hunt? Need a bit of inspiration? We wrote about the most sought-after hunts in the western U.S. in Best in the West: The Most Coveted Dream Tags for Every Western State. This blog covers a handful of those coveted tags you hope to draw once in your lifetime. Choices were based on draw difficulty, trophy potential and the ability to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (This list could easily only consist of sheep tags, but we’ve covered a variety of species throughout the West.)

Make 2020 your best season yet. Plan with the onX Hunt App.

Now it’s time to pull up Web Map and start scouring hunting districts. Spring is nearly here; summer will fly by and soon fall will arrive. Where will you be hunting?


Jess McGlothlin

Before taking the role of onX Communications Writer, Jess McGlothlin worked as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor and fly-fishing industries. While on assignment in the past few years she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, stand-up paddleboard down Peruvian Amazon tributaries and eat all manner of unidentifiable food.