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One of these Elite Membership Benefits is a free Huntin’ Fool Digital Research Membership. Below, Huntin’ Fool CEO Jerrod Lile breaks down what’s included in your free membership. See how this multi-use tool, built for hunters looking to make the most of their seasons, can help you this year:

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From Jerrod:

Welcome to the Huntin’ Fool team! As an onX Hunt Elite user, you’ve already shown that you have an appetite for adventure and know the importance of having the right tools on your hunts. For that reason, I’m confident that we’ll be a great addition to your hunt planning arsenal. For 25 years, Huntin’ Fool has been helping our members go on more hunts with better information. We strive to be the first resource that our members turn to when they have a hunting-related question.

Here’s a look at what your new Digital Research Membership offers:

  • E-Magazine
  • Previous Tag-holder List
  • Endorsed Outfitters
  • Hunt Giveaways
  • Notifications
  • Draw Cost Calculator
  • Podcast
  • YouTube
  • 3D Planner
  • Draw Odds


Huntin’ Fool’s foundation is built upon our industry-leading monthly magazine, packed with hunting research, stories, gear insights, and more. The content of every issue is strategically aligned with state application periods so our members can use it as a real-time application strategy planner. We work on extremely tight deadlines so that our members have fresh data from each state, ensuring that you are relying on the most current information available.

Previous Tag Holder List (Member Draw)

When you finally get your hands on a great tag, you want to enlist all the help you can to make the most of the opportunity. And at the end of the day, nothing beats boots-on-the-ground experience. In a perfect world, you’d have time to scout, hang trail cameras, locate glassing points, identify all of the access points, find your campsite, and more. Yet in the real world, few of us can find the time to do that.

That’s why Huntin’ Fool began connecting hunters with each other through our Member Draw Database. This 20+-year-old database has grown to become the largest of its kind, and contains more than 25,000 chances to connect you with members who have hunted the same tag in the past. Countless tags have been filled and many lifelong friendships have been kindled as a result of this invaluable resource that is available exclusively to Huntin’ Fool members.

Endorsed Outfitters

Huntin’ Fool works closely with a carefully-scrutinized list of more than 500 outfitters across North America. We refine this list on an annual basis to ensure that our clients’ money and time are in the hands of the best operators in the business, and you can bet that if an outfitter is on our prestigious Endorsed Outfitters list, they have earned that status by consistently delivering world-class service and hunts to their clients.

Our intimate knowledge of our outfitters’ operations, including accommodations, terrain, trophy potential, success rates, and much more, uniquely qualifies us to help you narrow your search for an outfitted hunt. When you request an outfitter referral from Huntin’ Fool, we make sure that we understand your needs and expectations first, and then we provide you our recommended outfitters for you to contact so that you can make the final decision after personally interacting with them. We’re in the business of booking hunts, but we’re also in the business of creating long-term relationships between our clients and our outfitters.

Hunt Giveaways

Over the last two decades, we’ve helped hunters book thousands of hunts with outfitters from around the world. We’ve learned that it’s always wise to book with the best outfitters in the business, but we also know that many of these hunts are beyond the price range of most hunters. That’s why we love making the most sought-after hunt opportunities a possibility through our Membership Drives. We purchase more than $600,000 worth of coveted hunts from the best outfitters in North America for species such as bighorn sheep, brown bear, moose, elk, deer, and more. Then, we provide an opportunity for our members to participate in a drawing for these hunts by referring their friends to become Huntin’ Fool members, gifting memberships, or purchasing chances in the drawing.


We worry about deadlines so that our members don’t have to. We know you’re busy juggling schedules and deadlines of your own, so we take it upon ourselves to make sure that a hunting related deadline never slips by unnoticed. Your Digital Research Membership comes with a peace-of-mind guarantee that Huntin’ Fool will do everything in our power to make sure you never miss an opportunity to get one step closer to the hunts you’re seeking.

Elite Member Benefits
Exclusive discounts on top hunting brands are available for onX Elite Members only. Log into your Elite account or upgrade from Premium to Elite to access these benefits.

Draw Cost Calculator

Costs can add up quickly when you’re applying to hunt out of state. Some states charge all fees up front and refund the money if you don’t draw the tag you applied for, while others charge certain fees at the time of application and then additional fees if you’re successful in the draw. To add to the confusion, there are hunting license fees, application fees, point fees, and other miscellaneous permit fees that are nearly impossible to keep track of in one place. Our Draw Cost Calculator is the only place that prospective applicants can turn to that actively calculates all fees while you “window shop” for tags you’re interested in. Once you’re done shopping we’ll email you a copy of your final strategy along with a cost sheet that breaks out the fees you’ll incur if you proceed. This one-of-a-kind tool is an invaluable resource for everyone from seasoned application veterans to those who are brand-new to the application game.

Draw Odds

When it comes to draw odds, it’s no secret that tags are becoming more difficult to draw. That’s why it’s critical to understand your draw odds when planning your future hunts. For states that have point systems, Huntin’ Fool allows you to plug in your personal point level to see yourself more accurately in the draw. We partner with data experts who acquire full data sets from each state and run thousands of simulations to produce draw odds you can trust.


We started the Built to Hunt Podcast in an effort to provide information to our busy members in yet another format. Our primary goal on the podcast is to educate our listeners on various state hunting application systems and hunting opportunities, but we also cover a wide range of hunting topics, including the latest and greatest in gear and equipment.


When you visit Huntin’ Fool’s YouTube channel, you’ll find everything from cinematically-produced hunting videos to product reviews. Our goal for our YouTube channel is to both entertain and educate. We try to depict hunts exactly as they happen in the field in the hope our honesty helps other hunters learn from our mistakes and our success. We take this same approach with our gear reviews and our overviews of state draw systems. We want to help our viewers save money by investing in the right hunting gear the first time, just as we want them to invest in the right hunting application strategies.


On behalf of the talented and helpful team here at Huntin’ Fool, I’m happy to welcome you aboard. We’re excited to become a valuable part of your hunt planning process. Our team loves high adventure hunts, and we realize how important the investment is for both time and money on your hunts. We know that you yearn to explore new places, summit new mountains, be awestruck by the beauty of nature and—ultimately—experience the adrenaline rushes that lock those memories in for life.

We are fortunate to call Huntin’ Fool our “job.” Our gratitude for this inspires us to help you make the most of every second you spend in the field. As a thank you, we’d like to help you make planning your adventures a bit less complicated. Let us help you get out of your office and into the woods. Let us help you make more memories in the mountains with family and friends. Welcome aboard and happy hunting!


Jerrod Lile, Huntin’ Fool CEO

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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.